Cattelan Bicycle - Guggenheim Museum

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On the eve of its closing, I stopped in to the Guggenheim to see Maurizio Cattelan: All, in which the lifetime sum of this Italian contemporary artist’s work in a variety of mediums (taxidermy!) is suspended dramatically inside the museum’s atrium from rigging attached to the ceiling (top photo). My dizzying journey up the museum’s signature spiral ramp, past works such as the notorious La Nona Ora (1999), led me to…a bicycle dangling  just beneath the oculus.  Turns out the artist, a provocateur who has announced his retirement from the art world after this exhibition, uses a bicycle as his main form of transportation. This one, a Bianchi, refers to Cattelan’s contribution to the Italian Pavilion of the 1997 Venice Biennale, in which he parked ordinary bicycles near the works of other artists. “Highlighting the incongruity of the outside world and the exhibition display, the bicycles were so subtle that exhibition attendants repeatedly removed them, only for Cattelan to replace them,” says the show catalog. If you missed this eye-popping exhibit, the app is one of the coolest ever.

Upcoming Events:

January 23 – Icebreaker TouchLab Opening

Icebreaker, the New Zealand maker of Merino wool clothing for active outdoor wear opens its second TouchLab NYC store across from the High Line in the Meatpacking district.  (At this time of year, we like their base layers for cycling.)
11 am – 7 pm
823 Washington Street

January 28 – Outlier Open Studio

Devotees of Outlier, the Brooklyn-based performance wear company known for tailored pants for bicycle commuting will appreciate an opportunity to get a close-hand view of its offerings and to check out new products.
2 – 7 pm
87 Richardson St., 3rd floor
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February 11 – Hot Chocolate Ride

Biking in the cold is so hot! Save the date for a winter social ride with a stop for hot chocolate hosted by the gang at getbikingny.com, Kim Burgas, Liz Patek and Kimberly Kinchen. More information to come.

February 14 – All About the SIG

The New York Cycle Club shows bike love on Valentine’s day with an introduction to their esteemed spring series of training rides known as the SIG. (SIG stands for Special Interest Group.) The series of progressive training rides offers a jump start to the spring cycling season: improve road cycling skills, boost fitness, learn to ride safely, discover local routes and meet fellow cyclists. Hear from ride leader about SIG groups for every level at the club’s monthly meeting. (You don’t have to be a member to attend, but there is a $20 charge for dinner.)

6 – 9 pm
Annie Moore’s Bar & Restaurant
50 East. 43rd St.
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Lifecycle: 365 Days in the Life of a Bike in NYC

Check out this time-lapse video to discover what happens when one locks a fully loaded city bicycle to a post on a Manhattan street for one year. Although the ending may be predictable, who would have guessed that certain accessories would last as long as they did? (h/t Momentum Magazine)

 

2 Responses to seatpost 1.23.12: nyc cycling this week

  1. Rod H. says:

    Thanks to your tip about the Cattelan show closing, I was able to make it there just an hour before it wrapped up. Loved the Bianchi at the top.

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