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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: January 2021

Exploring the cultural and historical relevance of overland adventure motorcycling from 1903 to 2021.

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

Feature Documentary Film Film Interrupted

Premieres March 2021

The complete story of filmmaker, photographer, surfer, and motorcycle racer Richard Vincent.

Curated by: David Martinez
Produced by:
Paul D’Orléans
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Event Electric Wheels Cayucos

Cayucos, California
August 2021

Returning back to Cayucos for an electric spin on the classic Wheels & Waves California event.

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

Book Overland

Releases November, 2018
100+ Pages

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

Authors: Paul D’Orléans, Francois-Marie Dumas
Publisher:
Gestalten

Feature Documentary Film Cliff Vaughs Captain America

Releases 2021
100+ Pages

Telling the story of Cliff Vaughs, the man behind the iconic motorcycles of Easy Rider.

Author: Paul D’Orléans
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

PROGRAMS 2020

Museum Exhibition Silver Shotgun

Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, California
Exhibit Run: December 2019 – December 2020

Silver Shotgun is an exploration of Italian motorcycles and design from the 1960’s and 70’s.

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

Documentary Short Film Baja Honda

Releases June 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.  A David Martinez film.

Director: David Martinez
Producer:
Paul D’Orléans
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

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

Released January 2020
208 Pages

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. A Petrolicious production.


Author: Paul D’Orléans
Publisher:
Motorbooks

Feature Documentary Film Vincent Black Lightning

Releases July 2020, USA

Director: David Martinez
Producer:
Paul D’Orléans
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

PROGRAMS 2019

Museum Exhibition Silver Shotgun

Petersen Automotive Museum – Los Angeles, California
Exhibit Run: December 2019 – December 2020

The world’s first exhibit of electric motorcycles, Electric Revolution showcased historic electric road bikes, record breakers, and racers, as well as contemporary production bikes and amazing one-off customs.

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

Documentary Short Film Baja Honda

Releases June 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.  A David Martinez film.

Director: David Martinez
Producer:
Paul D’Orléans
Executive Producer:
Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Event Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Quail Lodge – Carmel, California
May 4th, 2019

The Motorcycle Arts Foundation and its media arm The Vintagent set up camp at the best motorcycle concours in the world, where our co-founder Paul d’Orléans is the Master of Ceremonies.


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

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 major museum exhibition to celebrate the new, contemporary “Alternative Custom” or “Alt.Custom” motorcycle.

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

Documentary Short Film Montlhéry

Released April 19th, 2018
Run Time: 3:52

Every 2 years the Vintage Revival Montlhéry event sees the track filled with vehicles that raced before 1940.

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

Documentary Short Film Sugar & Spade: Morocco

Released March 14th, 2018
Run Time: 5:00

The Sugar & Spade crew heads to Morocco for a special screening in Africa.

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

Book The Current

Released November, 2018
208 Pages

Taking a look at the bright future of electric motorcycles and vehicles.

Author: Paul D’Orléans
Publisher:
Gestalten

PROGRAMS 2017

Documentary Short Film The Ended Summer

Released June 10th, 2017
Run Time: 9:46

Taking a look at the life of Richard Vincent from the 1950s through 1967.

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

Documentary Short Film Model X

Released August 13th, 2017
Run Time: 2:31

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

Director: David Martinez
Producers:
Emily Dulla
Executive Producer:
Paul d’Orléans

Event Wheels & Waves California

Caycuos, California
August 2017

Motorcycle Arts Foundation’s own Paul D’Orléans helps put on one of the most anticipated cultural events.

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

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

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

Custom Revolution – Motorcycle Exhibition

Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA
April 2018 – March 2019

Custom Revolution at the Petersen Automotive Museum was MAF Founders Sasha Tcherevkoff and Paul d’Orléans first co-produced museum exhibit, and directly led to the creation of the Motorcycle Arts Foundation. Guest Curated by now MAF President, Paul d’Orléans, our founders supported the coordination of the full exhibition and motorcycle transport, creating an online digital representation of the exhibition, and writing and printing the Custom Revolution catalog.

Supported By: Motorcycle Arts Foundation, Man&Moto, Petersen Automotive Museum

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Custom Revolution is the 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.

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

Panel Discussion

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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