Rockford Art Museum (RAM) opens new feature exhibition Misfits with a preview reception for museum members from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a free public opening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. – and a motorcycle rally from 8 to 10 p.m. ($5 cover, free for RAM members), with live music, cash bar, and food trucks on site. The exhibition remains on view through Jan. 28 at Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.
Misfits surveys 1960s biker subculture through film, literature, and Danny Lyon’s iconic photography portfolio, The Bikeriders. This 15-week feature exhibition incorporates a portion of that decade’s social landscape, exploring the influence the movement made on filmmakers, authors, and artists during this turbulent era. Included are vintage bikes and ephemera, plus firsthand stories documenting the Rockford motorcycle scene of the 1960s and the impact it had on the country. The full list of related education programsincludes the Misfits Movie Monday Film Series (with The Wild Angels, Easy Rider, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), RAM Songwriter Series: Go Go Torpedo and Prairie Smoke, Poetry Open Mic Night, and much more at rockfordartmuseum.org.
Directions: Rockford Art Museum - 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum parking lot or the Burpee Museum lot. An above-ground tunnel connects Riverfront Museum Park and Burpee Museum.