I was strolling around downtown the other morning and decided to check out the bike helmet display on the outside of the Portland Art Museum for its upcoming exhibition, Cyclepedia. The helmets are just a hint of what’s to come when the exhibit opens on June 8th. Cyclepedia was recently featured in Time Magazine as a “must see” in its Summer Arts Preview.
Portland Art Museum Gearing Up For Cyclepedia
Culled from the collection of Vienna-based designer and bike aficionado Michael Embacher, this special exhibition features some 40 bicycles, each chosen by Embacher as examples of pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design. The exhibition will include racing, mountain, single speed, touring, tandem, urban, folding, cargo, curiosities, and children’s bicycles.
Cycling iPad app!
Cyclepedia is the third entry in the Museum’s design oriented exhibition series. Preceded by China Design Now and the Allure of the Automobile, the exhibition will be accompanied by a hardback catalog and an iPad App (rated App of the Week in the UK iTunes store).
Portland Only U.S. City to Host Cyclepedia
Dubbed “the vanguard of American cycling,” by Bicycling Magazine, the city of Portland is the most appropriate, and only, United States venue to host this exhibition. No other city in America has more cyclists per capita. This passion for bikes has helped Portland lead the nation in the development of bike friendly infrastructure; and helped our economy fostering a growing concentration of bicycle builders, manufacturers, apparel companies and retailers that have brought jobs, and creative-class workers to the region. But you know this.
Cyclepedia is expected to draw 80-100,000 visitors during its summer run at the nation’s seventh oldest art museum. Media coverage will be extensive. Architectural Digest will be covering the show in the June issue, as well as 1859 – the Oregon publication.
Cyclepedia Workshops, Tours, and Lectures
Related programming will include public workshops, tours and lectures showcasing Portland’s internationally recognized community of cycling thought leaders, designers and builders. They will also feature 26 bikes of the week drawn from local collections and builders including Renovo, Vanilla, Sweet Pea, Metrofiets, Ahearne, Faraday, Argonaut, and DeNucci to name a few.
Features 40 bicycles representing pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design.
June 8, 2013 — September 8, 2013
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave