“Head Out on the Highway”

3rd July 2021, 12:00 am

Date(s) - 3rd Jul 2021 - 22nd Aug 2021
All Day

Athens Cultural Center





This poster was produced on the occasion of the first Tom of Finland exhibition in Japan in 2020. Original artwork by Tom of Finland, 1964 (From the “Motorcycle Thief” series)

Curated by Annika Vogt and Tim Watkins.

Featured artists include:
Danny Lyon, Tom of Finland, Anna Meijn, Hubert Dobler, and Ian Hemingway.

1911 Flying Merkel; Source: Getty Images

The exhibit will feature an extensive women’s section, “Joy. Ride. A Century of Women Bikers”.

  • On 3rd July, opening day, parking on Second Street (between NY-385 and Warren St.) will be reserved for “motorcycles only,” encouraging motorcycling visitors to display their own bikes as part of the opening festivities. We’ll get into gear with a 1p robotics team presentation by D.R. Evarts Library before live musical performances begin at 2p with local band, The Wallpapers—led by Athens village mayor Amy Serrago and husband, Yves Gerard. Later in the evening, a 7:30p free public outdoor film screening of Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider (1969, R-rated) will be on view at the Athens Riverfront Park—bring your outdoor chairs and beverages of choice.

  • The children’s book Patrick Wants to Ride by motorcycle historian Cristine Sommer-Simmons will be displayed around the Athens Riverfront Park in partnership with D.R. Evarts Library.

  • Later in July, we’ll gather for a motorcycle story slam at The Stewart House’s River Grill. (The Stewart House, 2 North Water Street, Athens, NY 12015)

  • August highlights include a talk/book signing with Matias Corea, author of Two Wheels South: A Motorcycle Adventure from Brooklyn to Ushuaia and designer of the customized BMW R 80 G/S adventure motorcycle, the MYTH 001.

  • And, on 22nd August, we’ll close out the festivities with an Athens Cultural Center fundraising raffle of motorcycle-themed prizes from the exhibition itself and an additional free public outdoor film screening of Bruce Brown’s 50-years-old On Any Sunday (1971, G-rated) at the Athens Riverfront Park—once again, bring your outdoor chairs and beverages of choice.

All images courtesy of Athens Cultural Center, 2021

Exhibition examines motorcycle history and culture

  Head Out on the Highway consists of motorcycles on display accompanied by paintings, photography, and various ephemera celebrating the subject matter, with further support by various topical events and film screenings over the course of the exhibition schedule. FROM THE CURATORS Motorcycles pull at the soul. An amalgamation of metal and mechanics has brought… View Article

Published: 3rd July 2021

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