Join us for a Member Exclusive preview night of the Petersen’s latest exhibition, “Pippa Garner: Don’t Fight the Wheel”. The exhibition presents a selection of drawings sprung from the automotive imagination of artist and author Pippa Garner. Most of these works on paper were featured on the “Last Page” of Car & Driver between the late 1990s and early 2000s. Members will have the rare opportunity to view the exhibit prior to its public opening the following day, meet the artist, and receive complimentary access to our Museum After Hours taking place in the William E. Connor Penthouse until 10pm.
Date: Friday, September 8
Location: Ken and Dayle Roath Family Gallery
Price: $15 (includes access to Museum After Hours Penthouse Party)
About the Artist:
Throughout a storied 50-year career as an inventor, illustrator, performer, author, and art-maker, Pippa Garner has taken a gimlet eye to American consumer culture, especially the automobile. Drawing has remained a central medium for her practice. With little more than pencil, paper, and maybe the occasional eraser, she engineers playful models for living, thinking, and being in a world full of dashboards, driveways, and traffic jams. As we enter an increasingly digital automotive future, her explorations of every inch of the automobile and automotive culture are especially poignant. And her wit helps us reconsider how the car enables us to relate to one another -- and even to ourselves.
Ever the tinkerer, Garner trained at Art Center’s prestigious Transportation Design program, fought in Vietnam, and then returned to American soil to think our culture’s commodities anew. Garner’s work has been exhibited at MoCA, the Whitney, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Her sculptures, drawings, and performances have been collected by numerous institutions, including SFMoMA. Garner lives and works in Long Beach, California.
Image Courtesy of the artist and Redling Fine Art