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Harley museum shows students helmet designs

on Thursday,October 08,2009 21:10

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Students from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design put their own spin on protective gear at the Harley Davidson Museum as the year-old institution holds its first feature exhibition fittingly named the Helmet Project.

The project, opening later this month and running until November 8, features work from 10 MIAD instructors and 100 art and design students, who are involved in every step of the show – from the creation and installation of the exhibition to its press and marketing.

"We were familiar with the impressive caliber of MIAD student work," claims Jim Fricke, curatorial director of the popular motorcycle manufacturer''s museum tells the Milwaukee Business Journal, "so this exhibition idea was expressly developed to create an ambitious collegewide project."

In the interview, Fricke described the two-month collaboration process between student organizers and museum staff - which includes design consultant and great grandson of one of the company''s co-founders, Michael Davidson - as "intense and inspiring."

The 130,000-square-foot museum sprawls across 3 buildings and contains over 450 motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of pieces of Harley Davidson memorabilia from the company''s storied 105 year past.

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