Monday, August 11, 2008

Milwaukee Art Museum Presents The Custom Motorcycles of Ron Finch August 26–31

The Milwaukee Art Museum website features details on the presentation of The Custom Motorcycles of Ron Finch—on view during Harley Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration, August 26–31.

Ron Finch has been building choppers since 1965, when he opened Finch’s Custom Styled Cycles, and has established himself as one of the premier builders of our time. A fusion of function and whimsy, Finch’s innovative motorcycles are truly “art in motion.” His bikes have been appreciated by art lovers in several museums and art galleries and in shows throughout the United States and Europe.

Ron Finch, Outspoken, 1993.
Chrome moly frame; Gas & oil tanks, air cleaner cover made from Corvette side exhaust covers.
The Finch Collection, Pontiac, MI.

According to Milwaukee Art Museum, the Bikes by a Discovery Channel 2004 Biker Build-Off champion will roll into downtown for the presentation during Harley Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration.

Coupled with the archival photographs of Detroit biker Jim “Flash” Miteff, the exhibition celebrates the customized motorcycle as an American icon of 1960s counter-culture and a pinnacle of artistic design. Visitors can park their bikes beneath the wings to see it during extended hours Thursday–Saturday, August 28–30, when the Museum is open 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Ron Finch, Finicky, 2006
Twisted offset frame that showcases the extended fins on the heads; Finned gas tank under the seat. Finch sculpture handlebars, fenders, primary, floorboards and exhaust
The Finch Collection, Pontiac, MI
Installed among the white arches of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Baumgartner Galleria are 12 of Finch’s chrome masterpieces. Among the featured choppers are two of Finch’s award winners, Odin’s Axel and Double Cross, both finely crafted creations of intricate rod work and metal fabrication. Built from rare parts such as Corvette exhaust covers and hand-built frames, each of the bikes bares unique stylistic touches.

Source: Milwaukee Art Museum