Cars at the MFA

Last week I checked out the latest exhibit at the MFA: Speed, Style, and Beauty: Cars from the Ralph Lauren Collection. The exhibit is heavily advertised around Boston, and there’s no reason it won’t be popular. First of all, people love classic cars. When you put them in a museum you get the addition of the art audience. Finally, you get to cash in on the fact that the cars happen to be owned by someone whose name is also a famous brand (Mr. Lauren happens to own the cars, his clothing designs have nothing to do with the exhibit).
Going to a car show is a little bit out of character for me (as is betting on sports, which I did the same day), but I enjoyed the exhibit. Least impressive was the McLaren F1. This car will whisk you and two friends to a top speed of 240 miles per hour, and you’ll look ridiculous getting there with the steering wheel right in the middle.
The wide variety of shapes and styles reminds me of just how innovative designers can be, and how disappointing it is that almost every modern car looks exactly the same.