Sneak Peek on LifeCYCLE: Stories from the Minnesota Bike Community
By Audrey Negro, Joint CMM and HHM Intern
What do a 13-year-old mountain bike racer, a bicycle frame builder, and the founder of one of the world’s largest bicycle parts distributors have in common? They are all key parts of the Minnesota cycling community and makers of living history here in Hennepin County. They are all also part of a new exhibit produced by the Cycling Museum of Minnesota in partnership with Hennepin History Museum.
Explore the vast, and often shared, triumphs experienced on two wheels. Starting December 1, LifeCYCLE: Stories from the Minnesota Bike Community will be on display at HHM. The exhibit highlights eleven influential figures in Minnesota biking currently living and riding in the state. The exhibit features original portraits by celebrated Minneapolis photographer Nancy Musinguzi, as well as oral history interviews invoking aspects of storytelling and create an archive of contemporary history-makers.
Nancy Musinguzi is a visual storyteller, mixed-media artist and freelance photojournalist working and living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They experiment with both traditional and emerging processes in media-making to document the lives and perspectives of marginal cultures,communities, and voices that chronicle and shape the contemporary American experience. Their perspective as a fellow cyclist invites visitors to reframe how we see people on bikes. All the exhibit subjects have done important work for the cycling community, are known forces in the cycling community, and/or have experienced a valuable life change as a direct result of cycling.
The subjects were chosen to represent the diverse backgrounds, ages, gender identities, and ethnicities found in the cycling community. They also represent a broad range of cycling niches, including bike racers and athletes, established artists and makers, cycling and transportation activists, industry leaders, and shop owners and mechanics. Many of the subjects have used bikes and cycling in their lives as tools to create change. Some have overcome individual challenges, other have created healing and community, while still others enjoy the gratification that comes with working with their hands.
All of them see the transformational possibilities of bikes and cycling applied to ideas like personal fitness, environmental health, transit equity, and social change. This theme was so strong, we had to ask why. Why bikes? Are there not other ways to accomplish change? Here’s a sneak peek of what a few individuals had to say:
HHM and CMM worked together in the past to produce High Wheels!, an exhibit highlighting antique high-wheeler bicycles. This continued partnership aims to unlock the transformative potential of bicycles in the lives of individuals and communities and demonstrates the role of cycling in Hennepin County’s past, present, and future. Visit HHM to experience LifeCYCLE, view all eleven original portraits, and read more about each subject.
Reserve your ticket for Opening Day on December 1st. The exhibit will be up until March 3, 2019
Use #MNbikestories to share your own story!