Harley Earl Photo Exhibit 

The following exhibit debuted at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Knoll sponsored the first exhibit

Chrysler Headquarters

As a powerful advocate of women's rights, Harley created the first prominent all-female design team in the business world -- it was groundbreaking, controversial, and extremely successful.

To create more educational awareness, Richard Earl then teamed up with Big-Three auto maker Chrysler to make a much larger exhibition (pictures at left) to display within the company’s brand new world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mi.

GM Design Center

Afterwards the photo exhibit traveled in-state:

  • Design Center of General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Mi.

  • The Art Center of Kettering University in Flint, Mi.

  • Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mi.

A refreshed version of “Automotive Hollywood" then traveled to SoCal’s inland empire at the Temecula Valley Museum where it was hosted from March to April, 2013. Local media testimonials: 

Flickr photo stream of the exhibit being displayed in 2011 at West Palm Beach, Florida’s Waterfront Pavilion.

Flickr photo stream at Waterfront Pavillion

2005 Automotive Hall of Fame testimonial, "Grandson Richard Earl, who has spent much of the last decade bringing the memory and accomplishments of Harley Earl to the forefront, created the display. He says an appreciation of the underlying strengths of the automotive industry as it is today requires an equal appreciation of the historical reality."

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Richard continues, "To fully appreciate the depth and breadth of the American automotive industry, and in particular how important design has been and continues to be in Detroit - the birthplace of automotive design - we need to see and understand how history has unfolded, that's what 'Automotive Hollywood' is all about." More: Auto Hall of Fame press release.

The Cranbrook exhibit was the first time Harley's modern works of art were collectively displayed inside a museum. Designed to appeal to modern audiences, this exhibit truly enlivens a bygone era of grace, style and national pride. Porsche designer Harm Lagaay and Richard Earl at the inagural 1997 event with the one-and-only Le Sabre under the beautiful peristyle.

The Cranbrook exhibit was the first time Harley's modern works of art were collectively displayed inside a museum. Designed to appeal to modern audiences, this exhibit truly enlivens a bygone era of grace, style and national pride. Porsche designer Harm Lagaay and Richard Earl at the inagural 1997 event with the one-and-only Le Sabre under the beautiful peristyle.

Displayed directly above are some of the new photos that were added to the exhibit.

Displayed directly above are some of the new photos that were added to the exhibit.