The Harley-Davidson Museum opens Living Lost Photographs by Josh Kurpius on Jan. 17, 2014, its newest exhibit featuring more than 30 original works by custom bike builder, rider and photographer Josh Kurpius. Living Lost is a presentation of photographs taken during a series of road trips across the country on a chopped 1977 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The images give an honest, open look at the uninhibited lifestyle of a group of nomadic bikers out to explore the American panorama.
“Josh’s photos embody the freedom and independence that is the very essence of Harley-Davidson,” said Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “His photographs give visitors a look into a world of exploration and camaraderie that only the open road can provide.”
Living Lost captures the enticement of a life lived on the road with a motorcycle. The vintage machines Kurpius and his friends ride can only go so far without refueling or needing maintenance, and they often find themselves stopping in places barely noticeable if restricted to the confines of a car.
The bike Kurpius rode on these adventures, a chopped 1977 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster nicknamed “The Locust,” is being displayed in the Museum lobby during a portion of the exhibit. The exhibit opening coincides with Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward Gallery Night. Visitors receive free admission on Jan. 17 from 5-9 p.m. Living Lost runs through May 18 on the bridge between the Museum and Archives buildings.
The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee. For information, visit h-dmuseum.com.