Most of you are well aware that I exhibit my biker related artwork internationally and feel that I am very fortunate to do so. I have been at it a long time and it seems that more and more venues are popping up that are willing to exhibit bikes and biker related imagery. I think it all hit the mainstream with the HUGE exhibit, The Art Of The Motorcycle that debuted in NYC’s Guggenheim back in the 1990’s. I remember riding down from my home in Boston to check it out. It ended up being one of, if not the most attended exhibit the Guggenheim has ever seen!
In any case, this week we have four big exhibition announcements to bring to you and I hope you can attend at least on of the events.
First, Danny Lyons amazing document of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club during the 1960’s, entitled The Bikeriders, is currently on exhibit at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. I have not had the opportunity to see this entire collection on display at the same time, but have seen some of the images over the years. Beautiful! Really worth checking out. If you can’t get to the show, do yourself a favor and pick up the book by Danny by the same name as the exhibit. The show runs through July 26th
Second, Sunday, July 12, the SURU Gallery in Los Angeles, California will open up the show Celeritas (Latin for Speed). The artists participating in this exhibit are: Alex Pardee, Jeff McMillan, Stash, Barry McGee (aka Twist and the artist painting the Hayabusa, who is also featured on the cover of the latest issue (#14) of Swindle magazine), Futura, Mark Dean Veca, Usugrow, Joe Hahn, Jim Lee, Jesse James, Troy Lee, James Jean, Audrey Kawasaki, Darren Romanelli, aka DRx, Nathan Cabrera, Mike Shinoda, Estevan Oriol. A display of fine art inspired by passion’s urgency, themed through the medium of motorcycling, and realized on the objects of road racing culture such as a motorcycle, helmets and apparel will be the focus of the show.
Third, we have The Wind In Your Hair: Vintage Motorcycles being exhibited at The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville from July 18 to September 19, 2009. The exhibit will feature vintage motorcycles manufactured from 1900 to 1970, memorabilia and accessories, three motorcycle-related photography collections by Michael Lichter, Danny Lyon and Sarah Lyon, and kinetic lamp sculptures created from recycled motorcycle parts by Randel Bird. The Museum will also host a series of restoration and customizing workshops and lectures about collecting motorcycles and the cultural influences of motorcycles in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The exhibit will include rare, unusual and landmark motorcycles of all kinds, including ACE, BMW, Cushman, Douglas, Eagle, Indian, Harley, Excelsior, Motomarini, Triumph, Sunbeam, and Velocette. One of the oldest bikes featured will be a 1911 Yale, with a tandem seat and original paint designs. This rare, early 20th century bike is the only one still in existence today.
Fourth in the line up of shows is going to be up and available during Sturgis Bike Week in South Dakota this year. This will be the first annual Tom Zimberoff Art of the Chopper Photography Exhibition. Again, if you are not familiar with this body of work, you might like to pick up one or both of the Art of the Chopper books that Zimberoff has available. Tom has not only created beautiful documents of the custom machines that builders have created, but has done a wonderful job of creating striking portraits of each of the builders in their own shops. It should make for a nice show and will run from August 1st to 10th, from 10am to 6 pm at “The Monkey Rock”, 13010 SD Highway 34, Sturgis SD 57785.
Lastly, we have another Art of the Chopper exhibition. This one has recently debuted at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am unsure as to how much this show will differ from the exhibit at the Monkey Rock in Sturgis, but I believe it will be a much more thorough display including 30 actual bikes displayed as sculptural pieces and accompanied by Tom’s photographs and detailed background information. This show is also in Florida, so any of you who can’t make the trek up to Sturgis, but are in the Southeast portion of the country might be able to make it down. Ocala Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road 40) in Ocala; FL. Tickets go on sale July 15 at the museum or go to the Ocala Appleton Museum Website. The show will be up from Oct. 10, 2009 to Jan. 10, 2010. Might be worth a side trip while you are down there for Biketoberfest.
Love, Respect, and Biker Art,