Explores the central role the automobile has played in art, design, and everyday life across Europe and the United States since the beginning of the twentieth century. Lectures and class discussions focus on topics such as the road movie as a vehicle of national identity, the influence of the automobile upon city planning, the rise of the avant-garde artist-engineer, and custom car culture both as an independent design movement and as a source of inspiration for contemporary artists. Readings for this course introduce methodologies drawing from art history, visual studies, and the philosophy of technology. Course made possible by REVS grant.