MISFITS 
OCT 13, 2017–JAN 28, 2018 
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
SPONSORED BY WOMEN'S ART BOARD

FRI, OCT 13 
MEMBERS PREVIEW | 5–6:30 PM
FREE PUBLIC OPENING | 6:30–9 PM

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FRI, OCT 13
MISFITS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
 | 8–10 PM 
$5 COVER (FREE FOR MEMBERS) 
LIVE MUSIC, CASH BAR, FOOD TRUCKS

Misfits surveys 1960s biker subculture through film, literature, and Danny Lyon’s iconic photography portfolio, The BikeridersA leading figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon distinguished himself by the personal intimacy he establishes with his subjects and the inventiveness of his practice. With his ability to find beauty in the starkest reality, Lyon has provided a charged alternative to the bland vision of American life often depicted in the mass media. The recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions, including a recent traveling retrospective, he continues to photograph, write, and produce films and books to this day.

This 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, experimental 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.

Concurrent exhibits highlight selections from the RAM Collection in Anderson Gallery, on the museum’s lower level, including New @ RAM: The Charles Beffa Photography Collection and New @ RAM: The Susan and Stephen Pitkin Collection (both on view Nov. 17, 2017–Feb. 25, 2018), and Danny Lyon: Conversations with the Dead (Sept. 29, 2017–Feb. 18, 2018).
 
Misfits is organized by Rockford Art Museum, curated by RAM Curator Carrie Johnson. This exhibition and its related educational programming are sponsored by Women’s Art Board, and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and by the Armer Ahlstrand Charitable Foundation. Additional in-kind support provided by Schmeling Building Supply and Signs Now. 

MISFITS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
SPONSORED BY WOMEN’S ART BOARD
All programs take place at 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

MISFITS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
FRI, OCT 13
, 8–10 PM, $5 COVER (FREE FOR MEMBERS)
LIVE MUSIC, CASH BAR, FOOD TRUCKS
Join us after the Misfits opening for a motorcycle rally in the Riverfront Museum Park parking lot with food trucks, cash bar by Prairie Street Brewhouse, and live music by psych bands Prairie Smoke (Rockford), Glyders (Chicago), and Moon Rats (Milwaukee).

MOVIE MONDAY FILM SERIES
THE WILD ANGELS | OCT 30
DOORS OPEN 6:30 PM, $5 COVER, CASH BAR
FILM BEGINS AT 7 PM INSIDE STOREFRONT CINEMA
Our Movie Monday Film Series returns with The Wild Angels, a gritty and exciting entry in the biker film boom of the 1960s from Rodger Corman starring Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, and Bruce Dern. (1966, 1 hr 33 min)

RAM SONGWRITER SERIES:
GO GO TORPEDO + PRAIRIE SMOKE 
FRI, NOV 10
, 6 PM, CASH BAR, $5 COVER 
Come out for a night of live music in the exhibition! Go Go Torpedo—a grinding, driving, blue-collar punk rock band of malcontented Midwest hooligans—is joined by local favorite Prairie Smoke, returning to RAM for a stripped-down set. All ages welcome, music begins at 6:30.

MOVIE MONDAY FILM SERIES
EASY RIDER | NOV 20
DOORS OPEN 6:30 PM, $5 COVER, CASH BAR
FILM BEGINS AT 7 PM INSIDE STOREFRONT CINEMA
Join us for another Movie Monday featuring Dennis Hopper’s essential exploration of 1960s counterculture Easy Rider, starring Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Jack Nicholson. (1969, 1 hr 35 min) 


DRINKS WITH THE CURATOR 
TUE, DEC 5
, 6–8 PM, CASH BAR, PAY WHAT YOU CAN 
Talk shop about bikes and Rockford’s motorcycle history in the museum galleries with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson and local bike builders Drew Allen and Ryan Hartman.

MOVIE MONDAY FILM SERIES
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS | DEC 18
DOORS OPEN 6:30 PM, $5 COVER, CASH BAR
FILM BEGINS AT 7 PM INSIDE STOREFRONT CINEMA
Don’t miss the final installment in our Misfits Movie Monday series, the cult adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, directed by Terry Gilliam. (1998, 1 hr 58 min) 

OPEN MIC NIGHT 
WITH THE MAS TEQUILA REVIEW
 
FRI, JAN 12
, 7–9 PM, CASH BAR, PAY WHAT YOU CAN 
Enjoy original poetry or share your own creative voice at this after-hours event hosted by Richard Vargas of Rockford literary publication The Mas Tequila Review

CUSTOM CRAFT: MOTO PATCH WORKSHOP
TUE, JAN 16, 6–8 PM, CASH BAR, $10 REGISTRATION 
Create original designs and add studs, pins, paint and more to make custom patches that inject some punk flair into your favorite outfit. Cost includes supplies. PLEASE REGISTER HERE BY JAN 10 OR CALL (815) 972-2874.

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR 
FRI, JAN 19, 10–11 AM, PAY WHAT YOU CAN 
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the process of curating feature exhibition Misfits with RAM Curator Carrie Johnson before it closes Jan. 28!

MISFITS IMAGE CREDITS: Danny Lyon (American, b. 1942), Funny Sonny Packing with Zipco; Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin; Sparky and Cowboy (Gary Rogues), Schererville, Indiana from the series The Bikeriders, 1966, gelatin silver prints. Copyright Danny Lyon. Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.