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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mama Tried 2015 - Part 1 - (P)ART

In case you've been living under a rock, the 2nd Annual Mama Tried Show was this past weekend in Milwaukee, WI.  I didn't go last year but was so glad I didn't miss out this year.  It was incredible and I had a lot of fun.  After an icy and snowy drive to get out of Minnesota, the weather and roads improved greatly in Wisconsin.  After a stop in the Dells for Dunkin Donuts and a stop in Madison for pizza and vintage arcade games (seriously, I cannot recommend this place enough), I made it to Milwaukee and headed to the Harley-Davidson Museum.

With about 2 hours until the pre-party show, I took some time to walk through the museum and get some dinner.  I visited the museum for the first time last March and it was sensory overload.  I took a ton of photos and have only managed to post photos of one bike so far (click here).  Last time I was there, Josh Kurpius' "Living Lost" exhibit was on display, which was excellent.  I even ran into Josh and Willie G. Davidson!  This time, an exhibit called (P)ART (curated with help from DicE Magazine) was featured and I was very excited to see it so I headed there first.

Quote from the Harley-Davidson Museum website:
"(P)ART showcases 29 carefully staged and artistic photographs dating as early as 1912 that highlight the style of legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts. Used in advertisements, catalogs, manuals, and in other company publications, these parts are sculptural forms that illustrate Harley-Davidson’s early commitment to the form and function of a motorcycle."

The really cool thing about this exhibit is how none of the artwork was ever intended to hang in a gallery-like setting, yet it works perfectly well.

Taking a stroll down the hall was like stepping back in time.

Here are a few close-ups.

Some photos from the rest of the museum (before the pre-party) are up next!

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