WASHINGTON -- Auto dealers may not get the respect they would like, but they have a long history of supporting civic causes and cultural events in their communities. This summer, dealers are making a splash on the national art scene.
The National Automobile Dealers Association is sponsoring an exhibit of Henri Rousseau's paintings at the National Gallery of Art here.
The exhibit, "Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris," is the first U.S. retrospective of Rousseau's work in more than 20 years and the only U.S. showing of the collection.
The exhibit opened Sunday, July 16, and runs through Oct. 15.
Automakers have sponsored similar top-shelf exhibits. But it's a new step for the dealers association, NADA leaders say. The 100th anniversary of the dealer franchise system is a good occasion to take it, they say.