As weather starts to stabilize and the sun begins to make more consistent appearances, skaters, cyclists and joggers have started making their way out into the city with their gear, enjoying some much needed outdoor time in the sun. As many start to either cycle or consider picking up the new urban transportation, Museum of Art and Design has geared up for bicycle season with a new exhibition, Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle.
For those who are into the two-wheeled sport, aficionados would know that building a bicycle is not just an engineered process, but an artful craft. The process of making bicycles is rather painstaking, as it involves master metalwork in bending, welding and carving different kinds of metal, and in custom bike cases, where each rider’s specific measurements have to be taken into consideration, the amount of work that goes into production is extremely intensive. The exhibition features six internationally renowned bicycle builders who does beautiful work in metal, graphics and artifacts. This exhibition is curated by Michael Maharam in conjunction with master bicycle builder, Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles in Portland Oregon.
Six artists, Mike Flanigan, Jeff Jones, Richard Sachs, J. Peter Weigle, Sacha White, and also Dario Pegoretti from Italy will be showcasing 21 hand-built bicycles that are not simple transportation, but also an exemplification of art, design, and craftsmanship. The range of bicycles go from fixed-gear to road racing, cyclocross to mountain and commuter bikes. The exhibition will be running from now all the way through August 15, so if you are a big fan of the wheels and are looking for a tad of inspiration in upgrading or securing a new ride, do drop by Columbus Circle for a spin.
Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle
Exhibition Dates: May 13 (Thursday) – August 15 (Sunday)