Harley Earl Photo Exhibit
In January 1997, Richard began working with Knoll Furniture to produce a photo exhibit for a summer design symposium at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Afterwards, he teamed up with Chrysler Corp. and created a much bigger exhibit that went on to travel:
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.
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."
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.