December 1998 - January 2000
Australians have long been passionate about their cars. This exhibition looked at cars and how they have become part of the family, symbols of freedom and independence, statements of identity, fashion accessories and objects of desire.
Cars and culture explored the allure and the pleasures of cars. Without this appeal, cars would never have become so popular and hence so problematic. And it would not be so difficult to make cars, people and the environment live successfully together.
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Cars and culture brought together for the first time rarely-seen cars from the Powerhouse Museum collection, private owners and car manufacturers. What made it different from other motoring displays is that it also included film, photography, sculpture, art and advertising. Using interactive computers, visitors could design their own car of the future or try to solve Sydney’s transport problems.