description of the exhibit follows. For more information on the Sioux City
Art Center, please visit their webpage at
12/3/2005 - 3/5/2006
Almost since its
invention in the late nineteenth century, the motorcycle has symbolized
rebellion, escapism, autonomy, sex, danger, speed, nonconformity, fetish,
innovation, creativity, and self-expression. Indeed, the two-wheeled machine
has grown to embody the complexity and desires of its riders.
The Sioux City Art Center’s blockbuster exhibition BIKES: Motorcycles as
Personal Expression traces the development and evolution of the
customized motorcycle. On view December 3, 2005 through March 5, 2006, this
survey exhibition showcases both stock and modified motorcycles, chronicling
the origins of customized bikes from the 1940s “Bob-Job,” to the chopper
craze of the 1960s and 1970s, and to the present explosion of high-end,
sophisticated sculptures of chrome and torque.
Including more than 60 stunning motorcycles, the exhibition also features
original artwork by Dave Mann, whose stylized images of motorcycles and
biker culture gained national acclaim through the pages of Easyriders
magazine. In addition, air-brushed paintings by Sioux City’s Mark Camerer
and Brian Poulsen, along with looping screenings of The Wild One
(1954) and Easy Rider (1969), will help transform the gallery
atmosphere into a rolling thunder haven.
All of the exhibited motorcycles are on loan from generous builders,
collectors, and riders from Sioux City and the tri-state region. As a
result, the exhibition not only illustrates the local popularity and
enthusiasm for bikes and biker culture, it also reveals the innovative
styles and creative talents unique to Sioux City, and the resulting impact
this part of the country has had on the customized motorcycle phenomenon.
SPECIAL SHOWING OF THE 75th ANNIVERSARY MILLER CHOPPER BUILT BY
ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS December 6–8 ONLY!
In conjunction with this exhibition, the Sioux City Art Center will offer a
rare showing of the 75th Anniversary Miller Custom Chopper built by the
acclaimed father-and-son duo at Orange County Choppers.
This radical motorcycle pays homage to the American Welder, and will be on
view for ONLY THREE DAYS (December 6–8). The OCC Miller bike features a
Miller Big Window Elite helmet morphing out of the gas tank, a Diamondback
TIG torch mounted on the frame, and a tow-behind XMT 304 multipurpose
inverter ready to strike an arc.
Come see this spectacular machine, which stretches over 13 feet, along with
over 60 other stock and modified bikes crafted by well-known builders such
as Arlen Ness, Don Hotop, Klock Werks, The Chrome Horse, Outlaw Customs,
Sioux City Powersports, and Woodbury Custom Choppers.
Admission to the exhibition is FREE for Art Center members. Non-member
admission charges are as follows: $5 (general); $3 (students with I.D.);
FREE (12 and under). Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. are FREE for all.
Edward Anderson, Tom Anderson, Tom Bride, Zort Brown, Kevin Card, Dick
Carlson, Terry Eyman, Lori Farrell, Dave Foreman, Jason Franco, Tom Fugle,
Tator Gilmore & The Chrome Horse, Rowan Glaser, Mark Godfredson, Kris
Goldammer, Don Hotop and Don’s Speed & Custom Cycle, Mark LaFleur, Ryan
Mathison, Travis Mericle, Jeff Miedema, George Milburn, Miller Electric Mfg
Co. & Linweld, Bill Mize, National Motorcycle Museum, Tony Nessa, Mick &
Mike O’Connor, Dan Paquin, John Paulsen, Dan Raak, Cheryl Reynolds,
Rooster’s Harley-Davidson, Clint Sachau, Jerry Schleis, Richard Schultz,
John Sedivy, Sioux City Powersports, Inc., Gene Stehly, David Strachan,
Blake Wagner, Klock Werks, Les Wiese, and Woodbury Custom Choppers.
During the exhibition, the Art Center will sell raffle tickets for its
radical 2005 Pro-Street Custom motorcycle built by Woodbury Custom Choppers
(with wheels by Sioux City Powersports). Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.
Winner announced Thursday, March 2.