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The Motorcycle: Design ~ Art ~ Desire

Magnetoman

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As background, just over twenty years ago Ultan Guilfoyle and I (Charles Falco) were co-curators of the record-breaking 'The Art of the Motorcycle' exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. During its time at the Guggenheim in New York, Bilbao (Spain), and Las Vegas over 2 million visitors saw the motorcycles we selected, a quarter-million bought the 432-page catalog, and countless others watched programs about them on television and read about them in upwards of a thousand magazine and newspaper stories.

Officially announced today by the Hon. Leeanne Enoch, Queensland Minister for Arts and Minister for Science, is that Ultan and I are now creating a completely re-imagined look at the past, present, and future of motorcycles with the working title 'The Motorcycle: Design ~ Art ~ Desire'. The exhibition will open at the Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane on 28 November 2020 as their summer blockbuster and run through April 25, 2021. QAGOMA is one of Australia's most important visual arts institutions with more than one million visitors annually, 30 percent from interstate and overseas, making it equivalent in mission and attendance to the Guggenheim. We also are in initial discussions for the exhibition to travel outside Australia following its run in Brisbane.

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Magnetoman

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The Guardian newspaper in Australia published the graph below of Covid cases in their country. Thanks to their national science-based approach to dealing with it, their cumulative per-capita number of cases is only 8.5% of ours in the U.S., and has been dropping toward 0 for over a month while ours continues to rise. As a result of Australia's and New Zealand's success thus far with Covid, everyone involved in the exhibition 'The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire' is optimistic about it opening as originally scheduled on November 28 as their summer blockbuster.

After months of being locked down we expect this exhibition for a post-Covid world about motorcycle design, and the freedom these machines represent, should be received quite well. Yes, it's still optimistic that the exhibition will take place, but a lot more realistic than it was a month ago.

Given issues with international air transport that are likely to remain for months to come, Ultan Guilfoyle and I beat the AU and NZ bushes for over a month to tie down as many loans as possible within the country, and yesterday we were able to finalize our checklist. We are now turning our attention to details of the catalog.

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Magnetoman

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Against bets that would have been placed just a little over a month ago, the Queensland Art Gallery (the QAG of the two-building QAGOMA complex) is now making tentative plans to open in late June, with the Gallery of Modern Art (the GOMA) in early August. Having the slower winter season to ease them into the new normal will allow time to make adjustments at a time when attendance is lower and the impact on operations less, before the summer season begins with the schedule opening of 'The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire' on 28 November.
 

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