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A $2,500 car seems like every 16-year-old’s dream, but it’s a revolution for India’s 1.17 billion citizens. The Nano, developed by Tata Motors, went on sale in India last year. Starting this month, Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art explores the compact auto and its ramifications. Unpacking the Nano: The Price of the World’s Most Affordable Car, created by Cornell’s College of Art, Architecture, and Planning, investigates the design and marketing of such an inexpensive car, as well as the environmental consequences of mass automobile ownership. It’s been called “the car of the recession” and “the people’s car,” but will the Nano become “the Third World’s Model T”? Through March 27. • museum.cornell.edu; aap.cornell.edu