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Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders    Sep 8 - Oct 27, 2012

Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Danny Lyon
Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 1965-1966
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Reception: “Second Saturday,” Saturday, September 8, 2012, 7-10 pm
Media Contact: For information or to schedule an interview with Danny Lyon
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Etherton Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of the 2012-2013 season, Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders, opening on “Second Saturday,” Saturday, September 8, 2012 with a reception from 7-10 pm. The Bikeriders chronicles the activities of the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club from 1963 to 1967 by Danny Lyon, one of the most important documentary photographers and filmmakers to come of age in the 1960s. Lyon became a member of 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 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.” Indeed, in its mix of realism and romanticism…The Bikeriders helped sear motorcycle counterculture into the American psyche, and was an inspiration for the film Easy Rider.”

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders opens September 8, 2012 at Etherton Gallery with an artist reception from 7-10 pm. On Friday, October 5, Lyon will screen his film, The Murderers at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona. On Saturday, October 6, he will attend a book signing at Etherton Gallery from 1-5pm. Etherton Gallery is located in SoCo at 135 South 6th Avenue in downtown Tucson, above the restaurant, Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails. Regular hours are Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm and by appointment. For more information, call the gallery at (520) 624-7370 or email us

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.

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