Living Lost Photographs at Harley-Davidson Museum

“Living Lost, Photographs by Josh Kurpius” will open at the Harley-Davidson Museum on January 17. The museum’s newest exhibit will feature more than 30 original works by custom bike builder, rider and photographer, Josh Kurpius. “Living Lost” is created from a group of photographs taken over a series of road trips atop a chopped 1977 Harley, and gives viewers an inside look at the uninhibited lifestyle of a group of nomadic bikers exploring the American countryside.

Harley-Davidson Museum vice president, Bill Davidson explains how the photographs illustrate the stark contrast between the roar of a Harley-Davidson and the serene countryside. They show the camaraderie that only the open road can provide and the freedom that can only be enjoyed from a motorcycle. The photos provide glimpses of the beauty of the off-moments played out in obscure places when Josh and his friends stop to refuel or repair their bikes.

The machine Kurpius rode during these adventures, a chopped, 1977 H-D Ironhead Sportster nicknamed “The Locust”, will be on display in the museum lobby during a portion of the exhibit. The opening of “Living Lost” coincides with Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward Gallery Night, and visitors will receive free admission on January 17 from 5-9 p.m. The exhibit will run through May 18 on the bridge between the Museum and Archives buildings.

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On Saturday, February 1, there will be a “Living Lost” photography party with Josh Kurpius and special guest, Mount Salem. Doors at the Harley-Davidson Museum Garage will open at 8 p.m. where guests will have the opportunity to meet Josh Kurpius. The stripped-down psychedelic sounds of Mount Salem will crank up at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include admission to the Museum exhibit and the concert, and will be available on February 1 at h-dmuseum.com and in the Museum lobby.

Interviews with Josh and the Museum’s curatorial staff, as well as high-resolution photographs, will be available upon request.

The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee and provides a unique perspective of American history and culture through the lens of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. The Museum, which attracts thousands of visitors to the area every year, is open year-round. The MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and The Shop are also located on the 20-acre campus which provides plenty of free parking. For more information, visit h-dmuseum.com

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