painting of green building and photo of rusty trike

(leftChristopher Brown, Twice Over, 2017; oil on linen, 80 x 110 inches (diptych); image courtesy of the artist and Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco; photo by Lee Fatheree; (right) Kristen Morgin, Madonna with Tricycle, 2013; unfired clay, paint, ink, wood, wire; 20 x 16 x 18 inches; image courtesy of the artist and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills

I Love to Ride My Bicycle

Exhibition runs November 15, 2018 through January 27, 2019

Since their invention in 1817, bicycles have affected the progress of society in terms of both culture and modern industry. As a result of this broad impact, bikes have influenced artists over the past two centuries, with luminaries such as Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso featuring bicycle parts in ground-breaking sculptures. Today, bicycles inspire a spectrum of international artists. I Love to Ride My Bicycle presents work by contemporary practitioners from Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, the United States, and Vietnam who incorporate bikes as muse and material. Ranging from drawing, painting, and photography to sculpture, performance, and video installation, their artworks manifest the ongoing significance of two-wheeled human-powered vehicles. At the same time, the works convey the widespread enthusiasm for bicycles expressed by the title of the exhibition.

I Love to Ride My Bicycle is curated by Professor and Senior Curator Tina Yapelli and organized by the SDSU Downtown Gallery. The exhibition and events are sponsored by the SDSU Common Experience, the School of Art + Design, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Arts Alive SDSU. Additional support is provided by the San Diego State University Art Council Ambassadors. Community partners are the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association.

All events are free and open to the public.


Thursday, November 15
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Opening reception with the Artists
Performance by Peter Scheidt
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Tuesday, November 18
5:30 p.m.

Lecture by Tom Loeser
SDSU Campus
Student Services West, Room 1500

Thursday, December 20
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Thursday, January 17
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Downtown at Sundown
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Saturday, January 26
9:00 a.m.

We Love to Ride Our Bicycles
Free community ride organized by the
San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
SDSU Downtown Gallery

Downtown at Sundown is a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). It is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Holiday Closure:
December 24 through 27,
January 21

Parking at SDSU Student Services West

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For off-campus visitors:

  • Park in Parking Structure 3 just east of College Avenue.
  • Park only on levels 1-3.
  • Purchase a parking permit from one of the yellow permit vendors on level 1.
  • Permits are $3/hour (for 1-4 hours).
  • Walk North West through Parking Structure 2 and across the small pedestrian bridge over College Ave. and past the Business Administration building.
  • Walk through Student Services East and into the large plaza.
  • Room SSW-1500 is in Student Services West on the Plaza Level.