THE ROUTE 66 exhibit at Skidmore Contemporary Gallery in Santa Monica features works of vintage cars and other elements synonymous with the historic highway, including this image of a classic Jaguar by Cheryl Kelley.

The Skidmore Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Monica is presenting Route 66, an exhibition that celebrates “a simpler America of vintage cars, diners, motels, gas stations, and tourist attractions that continue to shape American culture and inspire today’s artists,” through Feb. 16.
The exhibit features works by artists including Alan Gorman, Daryl Gortner, James Gucwa, Cheryl Kelley, Dave Lefner, Eric Nash, Cesar Santander, Robert Townsend and Dennis Ziemienski.
Established in 1926, Route 66 linked urban communities with rural ones, stretching 2,400 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, via the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
“Culturally, the route played a central role in John Steinbeck’s 1940 novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ about depression-era families seeking better lives west of Oklahoma,” said exhibit organizers. “Jack Kerouac immortalized free-spirited, cross-country travel in his 1957 novel, ‘On the Road,’ and Bobby Troup’s 1946 song, ‘Get Your Kicks on Route 66’ is as famous as the musical legends who have recorded it – Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones.
“In the popular 1960s television show, ‘Route 66,’ two young men traveled the country in a Corvette. The series aired from 1960 to 1964, coinciding with the apogee of the national freeway expansion that would inevitably replace the route,” a gallery spokesperson said.
The Skidmore Contemporary Art Gallery is at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. D2, Santa Monica.
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