Cycle Oregon is probably not going to say that the Cyclepedia exhibit at the Portland Art Museum is going to be the coolest art exhibit ever. Throughout the history of mankind there have been several cool ways to display glorious works, and art is, of course, subjective. It is, however, safe to say that Cycle Oregon thinks the exhibit will be pretty darn cool. So much so that the organization is a major sponsor.
In case you haven’t heard about the exhibit, it will feature bikes drawn from the collection of Vienna-based designer and bike aficionado Michael Embacher. The special exhibition features some 40 bicycles, each chosen by Embacher as an example of a pivotal moment in the evolution of bicycle design. The exhibition will include racing, mountain, single-speed, touring, tandem, urban, folding, cargo, curiosity, and children’s bicycles. If you’ve ever seen the Cyclepedia book, you know you’re in for a treat.
The exhibit runs from June 8 through September 8. And, as many Portland Art Museum patrons know, there is never really a bad time to visit. That said, some times are better than others.
As a member of the Cycle Oregon tribe, perhaps the best day would be June 23 between noon and 5:00 p.m. This constitutes “CO at the Museum Day.” This means free admission for those of you who purchase tickets via www.portlandartmuseum.org and use promotion code CO2013. If you “buy” your tickets at the door, you can just mention Cycle Oregon and get in for free. That same code will get you a discounted ticket for any other day of the exhibit’s run, and you can even get a discount on annual PAM membership.
CO at the Museum Day will also feature a raffle for two entries to the 2014 Week Ride and two entries for the 2014 Weekend Ride. Branded merchandise will also be available at the gift shop.
If you don’t want to wait until June 23 to check this all out but are still looking to get in for free, June 8 is another option. June 8 happens to be the date of the World Naked Bike Ride “protest.” Portland has long embraced the World Naked Bike Ride in a VERY big way (in fact there will be THREE associated rides in Portland on June 8). The main ride, which draws somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people, will actually start at the PAM this year at 10:00 p.m.
From 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., the museum is offering a brilliant (albeit a bit risqué) promotion: admission is $1 per article of clothing worn. That’s right, folks, if you dare to go bare, admission is free (but, PLEASE refrain from using any of the seats or benches in the museum if that’s the way you decide to roll).
No matter when you go, what you end up wearing or what you end up paying, this exhibit is not to be missed.