Experts Talk on the Carter: The Art of Motorcycle Clubs

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Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6–8 p.m.

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The exhibition Looking In: Photography from the Outside examines works by six artists who took photographs of communities to which they did not belong, each approaching his or her role as "outsider" differently. Danny Lyon actually joined and traveled cross-country with the motorcycle club the Chicago Outlaws as he photographed them at bars, club meetings, tracks, and races around the Midwest.

In this month’s Experts Talk on the Carter (etc.) lecture, hear about the art of motorcycle clubs from Dr. Randy McBee, Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University. Dr. McBee will discuss the history of motorcycle clubs in relation to his research for his book, Born To Be Wild: The Rise of the American Motorcyclist, which explores the history of motorcyclists and how that movement shaped the public's understanding of motorcycling and motorcyclists and their larger impact on American culture and politics. 

Sandy Carson is a Scottish cinematographer, cyclist, musician, and photographer who moved to the U.S. in 1993 to pursue a career as a bike rider. From there he traveled the world as a sponsored BMX rider for fifteen years, honing his skills as a photographer along the way. He has continued to photograph riders and their culture, including the Kingdom of Kicks, a motorbike group he documented and rode with for two years in the UK.

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