Harley Earl Photo Exhibit 

GM Design Center

Chrysler Headquarters

A powerful advocate of women's rights, Harley's hiring of an all-women design team was groundbreaking, controversial, and extremely successful. Many believe it's his greatest milestone.

Early in 1997, Richard began working with the Knoll design team to produce a photo exhibit at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI. for a June design symposium. Afterwards the exhibit began traveling:

  • Chrysler's World Headquarters 
  • Design Center of General Motors Tech Center
  • The Art Center of Kettering University
  • Automotive Hall of Fame 

A refreshed version, “Make It Hot(rod): Automotive Hollywood" traveled out West to the Temecula Valley Museum in Southern California where it was hosted from March to April, 2013 to celebrate the big annual Rod Run event. Local media testimonials: 

The museum quality exhibit was also displayed, below, at the Waterfront Pavilion in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Flickr photo stream at Waterfront Pavilion 

Flickr photo stream at Waterfront Pavillion

Some of the new photos that were carefully selected and added to the exhibit. Please contact us if you're interested in displaying the Harley Earl photo exhibit. 

Some of the new photos that were carefully selected and added to the exhibit. Please contact us if you're interested in displaying the Harley Earl photo exhibit. 

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 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 1997 event with the one-and-only Le Sabre under the beautiful peristyle.