Artist Tom Whalen Collaborates With Petersen Automotive Museum For Their Upcoming Exhibit: “Fins – Form Without Function”

Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has once again collaborated with artist Tom Whalen for an extraordinary print for their upcoming exhibit: “Fins – Form Without Function“. Since 1994 P.A.M. has been dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.

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Covering four floors, the facility features permanent exhibits on the first floor that trace the history of the automobile.  Visitors are invited to walk through, not by, exhibits and dioramas and experience settings of early Los Angeles where the world’s first shopping district was designed.

Tom's 2012 Piece - Aerodynamics

Tom’s 2012 Piece – Aerodynamics can be purchased HERE.

The second floor presents five rotating galleries with state-of-the-art displays of race cars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, and auto design and technology.

-0once-used-by-steve-mcqueenThe Discovery Center is located on the third floor.  Designed to spark interest in science by way of the automobile, the 6,500 square-foot, interactive “hands-on” learning center teaches children basic scientific principles by explaining the fundamental functions of a car.


A spectacular all-glass penthouse conference center, Founder’s Lounge and kitchen, comprise the fourth floor, which is one of five venues available for special events and function.

Here is what Tom posted on his website about this year’s project.

“The folks at Petersen Automotive Museum recently invited me to illustrate another exhibit poster for them. Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 5.35.11 PMI wedged in a visit to the museum during my LA trip last year, and, wow, even to someone like me (who admittedly doesn’t know the difference between a carburetor and a catalytic convertor) this place is something special. Spanning an entire city block, Petersen houses a wide array of engaging/entertaining/educational auto-themed exhibits for kids of all ages.

PetersenHotWheels2Last year’s offerings included a Hot Wheels room (complete with every body-type ever produced and some killer concept cars) and an amazing display of movie-used vehicles (’89 Batmobile!). Add in a kick-ass gift shop, it’s definitely worth a stop when you’re in the neighborhood.”

“Fins : Form Without Function” opens February 23, 2013 and runs through February 2014.  Petersen Automotive Museum is located  at 6060 WILSHIRE BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90036.  You can also contact them by phone at 323-930-CARS.



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