The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit was a bridge of sorts. It changed the way many non-motorcycle people looked at motorcycles. When it opened in NYC at the Museum of Modern Art under a storm of controversy and immediatly became the best attended exhibit in MOMA history it earned the privledge of going on the road. This one, the Las Vegas exhibit, was the only one showcased in a facility built to hold it. Frank Gehry
designed the exibition, Rem Koolhaas designed the 63,000 square foot museum. I'll let the LA Times art critic take it from here: "A spectacular phantasmagoria of stainless steel plates, translucent glass, steel mesh and strobe lights, it encapsulates all you need to know about a motorcycle's modern meaning. Gehry uses his machine materials to fracture, reflect and diffuse light, creating sexy, highly organic, frankly theatrical forms, from billowing clouds and monumental floral blossoms to great curtain swags. Glamour and erotic thrill summarize the motorcycle aesthetic."
Art Critic, Los Angeles Times
Photos and captions by Vicki Smith, Sept 2001
I was visiting the show on the day before it opened so set up was still going on. The process involved small guidewires from the bikes to the base and then inflating the tires to tighten them