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The Bikeriders Portfolio
Photographs by Danny Lyon

Dates: Sept 8 – Oct 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Sat, Sept 8, 2012, 7-10 pm
Film Screening: Fri, Oct 5 at 6pm, The Murderers, Center for Creative Photography
Book Signing: Sat, Oct 6, 1-5pm at Etherton Gallery
Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Gallery Hours: 11 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Contact: Daphne Srinivasan, 520-624-7370, info@ethertongallery.com


Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the 2012-2013 season, Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders, opening with a reception on September 8, 2012.  The Bikeriders features 50 photographs by Danny Lyon, one of the most important documentary photographers and filmmakers to come of age in the 1960s, which chronicle the activities of the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club from 1963 to 1967. Lyon joined the Outlaws and documented the daily lives of its members from the seat of his Triumph motorcycle, equipped with a Nikon, a Rolleiflex and a seven-pound portable tape recorder.  In 1968, his photographs were published in the landmark book, The Bikeriders, which not only launched his career, but also introduced motorcycle counterculture to mainstream America, paving the way for the film Easy Rider.

Writing in The Photobook: A History, Vol. I, photographer Martin Parr remarked,
 “…The Bikeriders, an important and influential work, was one of the first books to bring a new genre to late twentieth-century photography, a genre that became more central as the century progressed… Lyon photographed communities from the inside, making them an integral part of his life for the duration of the project, and even afterwards… The Bikeriders represented a significant step in 1960s American photography, not only launching an important photographic career, but also giving a younger generation of photographers a spokesman of their own age… Lyon was part of the generation he was photographing, so was able to talk with an authentic voice about his subjects, understanding instinctively not only their hopes and aspirations, but also why they were rebelling against all kinds of adult authority.”

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders opens Sept 8, 2012 at Etherton Gallery with a reception from 7-10 pm. On Fri, Oct 5, 2012, Lyon will screen his film, Murderers at the Center for Creative Photography. On Sat, Oct 6, 2012, Danny Lyon will attend a book signing at Etherton from 1-5pm.  Etherton Gallery is located in SoCo at 135 South 6th Ave. in downtown Tucson, above the restaurant, Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails. Regular hours are Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm and by appointment. For more information, call Etherton Gallery at (520) 624-7370 or email us info@ethertongallery.com.

Danny Lyon has been the subject of over fifty solo exhibitions, including retrospective exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007-8) and The Menil Collection (2012). His work is collected by museums in the United States and Europe, including the American Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institute; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Folkwang Museum, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more.


Image Credits:

All photographs © Danny Lyon


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