From August 20, 2015 through November 18, 2015, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is hosting an art exhibit in partnership with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The exhibit features the photography of William Preston Mayfield, who at age 14 became the personal photographer of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the brothers credited with the first successful operation of an airplane. Maysfield went on to spend six decades of his life capturing the people and events that made history.
“This exhibit is exciting for the Museum because it blends two different mediums of art in one location,” said Charles Shepard, president of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. “The automobiles on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum are works of art – sculptures, and we are able to assist in accenting that art with this photography display.”
“We are so excited to be able to collaborate with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art on this project,” said Kendra Klink, Chief Operating Officer of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. “Many don’t realize that E. L. Cord, president of the Auburn Automobile Company, also had a passion for aviation and owned Stinson Aircraft Company and American Airways, which later became American Airlines. We are celebrating vintage aviation and its connection to the Auburn Automobile Company at the Museum’s 10th Annual Benefit Extravaganza on Thursday, September 3, 2015.”
Klink and Shepard both agreed that this is not the last time the public will see collaborative exhibits between the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The exhibit will be displayed on the third floor of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and is free with admission.