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Motorcycle Arts Foundation (MAF) is the world’s largest 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the creation, preservation, and distribution of motorcycle arts.

Based in New York City, and operating programs and projects worldwide, MAF champions the cultural importance of motorcycles and the impact they have had on various art-forms around the world.

Since 2016, MAF’s public and private programs, exhibitions, and events have been visited in person by over 1 million guests. Our virtual programs, online exhibitions, publishing platforms, and social platforms have over 760 million likes, views, comments, shares, and media impressions worldwide in over 35 languages.

PROGRAMS 2021

Museum Exhibition ADV: Overland

Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, California
Exhibit Launch: July 2021

The world’s first exhibition documenting round-the-world motorcycling, long-distance racing, and adventure motorcycle culture from 1903-2020.

Curated by: Paul D’Orléans
Produced by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation & Sasha Tcherevkoff

Feature Documentary Film Film Interrupted

Premieres March 2021

Motorcycle racer and surfer Richard Vincent was on track to become a landmark filmmaker in early 1960s SoCal, but was drafted and disappeared for 50 years. His photos are celebrated at festivals and exhibits, but nobody knows what he did in the meantime…until now.

Directed by: Brent Deal / EyeDeal Pictures
Written by:
Paul D’Orléans
Produced by: Sasha Tcherevkoff
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Event Electric Wheels Cayucos

Cayucos, California
August 2021

A 3-day exploration of California’s Central Coast with electric motorcycles, skateboards, and surfboards. Rides, races, contests, film premieres, live music, great food, in an amazing location.

Hosted by: Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Book Overland

Releases July 2021
200+ Pages

The first book to comprehensively document 120 years of long-distance adventure motorcycling.

Authors: Paul D’Orléans, Francois-Marie Dumas

Feature Documentary Film Not So Easy

Releases 2022

Civil Rights activist Cliff Vaughs rode his chopper to Alabama to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1963. His documentaries and news stories won awards, and he was Associate Producer of ‘Easy Rider’, giving the film its name, its motorcycles, and much of his life story as a biker in the South, but nobody knew of Cliff’s contributions for decades.

Written by: Paul D’Orléans
Produced by: Sasha Tcherevkoff
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

PROGRAMS 2020

Museum Exhibition Silver Shotgun

Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, California
Exhibit Run: July 2021

Italian design reached an apex in the 1970s, and Italian brands swapped the ‘world’s fastest road bike’ title, making the fastest, best-handling, and best-looking motorcycles in the world. We showcase the best of the decade with extraordinarily rare machines.

Curated by: Paul D’Orléans
Supported by:
Stuart Parr Collection
Produced by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation & Sasha Tcherevkoff

Documentary Short Film Baja Honda

Releases October 2020, USA

The original Baja buster, the Honda CL72 was the first motorcycle to ride from Tijuana to La Paz, in 1962. Paul d’Orleans rides a CL72 in the Baja desert, and talks about its history, and the troubles of riding a 50 year old dirt bike as the maker intended.

Director: David Martinez
Starring:
Paul d’Orléans (and his 1964 Honda Cl72 Street Scambler)
Executive Producer:
Petrolicious

Book Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style

Released January 2020
208 Pages

The go-fast urge predates motorcycling, but found its natural outlet on two wheels. Ton Up! documents the long history of what became known in the 1950s as cafe racers: from the Speed Merchants and Promenade Percys to the electric cafe racers of the future, illustrated with hundreds of unpublished or extremely rare photos.

Author: Paul D’Orléans
Publisher:
Motorbooks

Feature Documentary Film Vincent Black Lightning

Releases December 2020, USA

The most compelling name ever for a motorcycle, the Vincent Black Lightning was the world’s fastest production bike for 25 years. Paul d’Orleans rides a street legal beauty on the streets of San Francisco, and discusses its amazing history.

Director: David Martinez
Starring:
Paul d’Orléans (and Bryan Bossier’s 1950 Vincent Black Lightning)
Executive Producer:
Petrolicious and Motorcycle Arts Foundation

PROGRAMS 2019

Museum Exhibition Electric Revolution

Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, California
Exhibit Run: April 2019 – November 2019

The world’s first exhibition of any kind (still!) including only electric motorcycles: racers, record-breakers, prototypes, cafe racers, dragsters, and even road bikes: 25 of the most amazing and important electric bikes in history.

Curated by: Paul D’Orléans
Supported by:
Harley-Davidson
Produced by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation & Sasha Tcherevkoff

BOOK Electric Revolution

Released March 2021
108 Pages

The exhibition catalogue for Electric Revolution at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the world’s first exhibit of only electric motorcycles. The book is packed with 25 historic electric motorcycles, from record breakers and racers to street bikes and customs, plus an essay on the surprisingly long history of electric motorcycles.

Written by: Paul d’Orléans
Produced by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation
Published by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Event Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Quail Lodge – Carmel, California
May 4th, 2019

Motorcycle Arts Foundation and its media arm The Vintagent join the fun at the Quail, the finest motorcycle-only concours d’elegance in the world.

Joined by: Paul D’Orléans
Supported by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

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Electric Revolution – Motorcycle Exhibition

Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California
April 2019 – November 2019

Electric Revolution at the Petersen Automotive Museum was the world’s first museum exhibition featuring only electric motorcycles and e-bikes and explored the history and current state of the electric industry, seen through the handiwork of both visionary home-builders and established manufacturers, with ultra-stylish contemporary designs that point the way to the future. Supported by Harley-Davidson, the exhibit assembled a dynamic mix of custom, racing, prototype, and production electric motorcycles, as well as the incredibly popular hybrid bicycle and mini-bike styles.

Supported By: Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Arts Foundation, Petersen Automotive Museum

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PROGRAMS 2018

Museum Exhibition Custom Revolution

Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, California
Exhibit Run: April 2018 – March 2019

Custom Revolution was the first-ever museum exhibition to celebrate the new, contemporary “Alternative Custom” style, a globalized and internet-fueled artisanal movement that reinvigorated motorcycle design. Included were 25 outstanding machines from 9 countries built from 17 different makes.

Curated by: Paul D’Orléans
Supported by:
The Vintagent
Produced by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation & Sasha Tcherevkoff

Documentary Short Film Sugar & Spade: Morocco

Released March 2018
Run Time: 5:00

When the stars and crew of ‘Sugar & Spade’ were invited to premiere their film in Morocco, the MAF team stepped up to support their dreams.

Directors: Dos Caminos / 27 Transmissions
Producer:
Paul D’Orléans
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Documentary Short Film Montlhéry

Released April 2018
Run Time: 3:52

Vintage Revival Montlhéry sees hundreds of amazing pre-1940 racing machines converging every 2 years at the world’s only original 1920s motordrome. It’s an atmosphere of pure mechanical magic.

Director: Voe
Producers:
True Motion Pictures
Executive Producers:
Paul D’Orléans, Alexander Papastawrou

Book: Custom Revolution

Released April 2018
108 pages

The museum catalogue for the Custom Revolution exhibit, the first-ever museum exhibition to celebrate the new, contemporary “Alternative Custom” style, a globalized and internet-fueled artisanal movement that reinvigorated motorcycle design. Included were 25 outstanding machines from 9 countries built from 17 different makes.

Written by: Paul d’Orleans
Produced by:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation
Published by:
Petersen Automotive Museum

Book The Current

Released November, 2018
208 Pages

The first trade publication on electric vehicles, The Current is based on The Vintagent’s web series of the same name, and dives into the bright future for electric motorcycles and cars.

Author: Paul D’Orléans
Publisher:
Gestalten

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PROGRAMS 2018

Custom Revolution is the world’s first major museum exhibit to celebrate the contemporary custom motorcycle.

Custom Revolution – Motorcycle Exhibit

In less than 2 months, the Motorcycle Arts Foundation was able to gather 24 one-of-a-kind motorcycles from some of the most renowned builders around the world, including Roland Sands, Ian Barry, and Shinya Kimura. A truly global collection, the international countries represented in Custom Revolution include the United States, Spain, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Ireland.

To complement the physical exhibit, the Motorcycle Arts Foundation also designed a digital exhibit for all bikes featured in the exhibit via TheVintagent.com in order to give partial exhibit access to those who cannot visit the exhibit in person and also host additional multi-media such as film pieces submitted by the builders.

In addition, the Motorcycle Arts Foundation also wrote, designed, and printed Custom Revolution souvenir catalogs with the assistance of the Petersen Automotive Museum. These 100+ page catalogs include write-ups on every bike featured in the exhibit, as well as high resolution photography and a brief history of custom motorcycles and the dawn of a new custom motorcycle age.

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Panel Discussion

“Our sold-out opening reception had the majority of builders in attendance, as well over 300 motorcycle enthusiasts and industry executives.”

Paul d’Orléans, Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Bruce Meyer, Petersen Automotive Museum

Terry Karges, Petersen Automotive Museum

Woolie Woolaway, Deus ex Machina

Derek Dorrestyn, Alta Motors

Ian Barry, Falcon Motorcycles

Charles Fleming, LA Times

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Custom Revolution – Catalog

120 Full Color Pages
High Resolution Photography
Motorcycle Exhibit Profiles

To coincide with the opening of the exhibit, The Motorcycle Arts Foundation designed, coordinated, and printed a 120 page catalog featuring original writing by Guest Curator Paul d’Orléans and photographs of every motorcycle include in Custom Revolution.

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PROGRAMS 2017

Documentary Short Film The Ended Summer

Released June 2017
Run Time: 9:46

Motorcycle racer, surfer, and photographer Richard Vincent was on track to become a landmark filmmaker in early 1960s SoCal, but was drafted and disappeared for 50 years. David Martinez took a first look at his photos and films from the early 1960s, and Richard told his story.

Director: David Martinez
Producer:
Paul d’Orléans
Executive Producer:
The Vintagent / Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Documentary Short Film Model X

Released August 2017
Run Time: 2:31

Paul d’Orléans discusses the allure of riding an old 1933 Matchless Model X.

Director: David Martinez
Starring:
Paul d’Orléans (and Charlie Taylor’s 1933 Matchless Model X)
Producers:
Emily Dulla and Paul d’Orléans

Documentary Short Film Neander

Released July 26th, 2017
Run Time: 2:30

The rare 1930 Neander-JAP provides a perfect talking point for our love of old machinery.

Director: Sebastian Schelly
Producer:
Paul D’Orléans
Executive Producer:
True Motion Pictures

Event Wheels & Waves California

Caycuos, California
August 2017

Motorcycle Arts Foundation’s own Paul d’Orléans hosted one of the most anticipated moto-cultural events on the calendar: an invite-only 3-day ride, race, surf, and skate extravaganza.

Hosted by: Paul D’Orléans
Supported by:
The Vintagent.com / Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Documentary Short Film Black Falcon

Released August 9th, 2017
Run Time: 5:32

A close-up of Falcon Motorcycles Black Falcon, the most revered custom motorcycle in recent history.

Director: Travis Shinn
Producers:
Paul d’Orléans

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PROGRAMS 2017

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