Portland Art Museum's "Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design" Opening Soon
In addition to some great exhibitions of international work, one by Dutch sculptor Folkert de Jong, and the other featuring Islamic ceramics, the Portland Art Museums's newest show, Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design, has a bit more of a local flair. Opening on June 8th, Cyclepedia brings 40 or so notable and noteworthy bikes from the collection of Vienna-based designer and collector Michael Embacher to be exhibited in the U.S. for the first time. Many might remember a few of these bikes from the beautifully presented book by the same name, and lucky for us in Portland, it's now time to be able to see some of these historic and often genre-bending creations.
In addition to the featured bikes from Embacher's collection, the works of a large number of local builders will also be featuring in the hallways to add to the array of bikes on display. It looks like there will also be a whole range of events happening in July in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring among other things, a pump track for participants to ride.
We're excited about the exhibition, and it certainly seems like an excellent way to spend an afternoon. So check it out, and while you're there be sure to check out the rest of the Portland Art Museum's collection (some of my favorite pieces being housed in the lower level room devoted to the graphic arts - featuring prints by Goya, Kerry James Marshall, and Kathe Kollowitz among others).