It takes a special person to drive an art car. We're not talking about wheeling around town occasionally in an auto kept sealed up in the garage, save for special occasions, but people who drive their vehicle every day as their main form of transportation. Art car pilots must be willing to be the center of attention when going to the grocery store, they need to have some knowledge of stylish aerodynamics to ensure that their ride is relatively safe, and of course they must be confident in themselves as artists. It's not something most people are up for. But local author Eric Dregni and artist/ Macalester art professor Ruthann Godollei, who drives an art car herself, have written a book about those types of individuals and their eccentric autos. Road Show: Art Cars and the Museum of the Streets (Speck Press) explores the rise of the mobile art form and looks at the most flamboyant vehicles around the globe. To celebrate the publication, art cars (some from the book) will be on display in the parking lot of the First National Bank (just down the street from Magers & Quinn). For those of us too timid to drive such contraptions, it's the perfect chance to see how the other half rolls. Event located at the parking lot of the First National Bank of the Lakes (31st Street and Hennepin Avenue).
Sun., Oct. 25, 3 p.m., 2009