8th INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOTORCYCLE STUDIES CONFERENCE and Art Exhibition
Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art
26–28 July, 2018
Stacie B. London
Keynote: Friday July 27th, 2018 | 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Los Angeles native, Stacie B. London’s quest for new experiences and challenges holds no bounds. Stacie has carved out a unique path by weaving together her interests in art, science, and the creative process. After a career as an Art Director on film sets Stacie returned to school and honed her skills by earning a Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design that encouraged her multi-disciplinary sensibility.
Stacie had a gallery in Silver Lake before becoming The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Exhibition Designer for seven years. At MOCA she worked on retrospectives of world class artists such as Louis Bourgeois, Ashville Gorky, Dan Graham, and Lynda Benglis to name a few.
For ‘Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years’ curated by Paul Schimmel, Stacie had the opportunity of working with Chris Burden and supervised the restoration and operated his revolutionary motorcycle-powered artwork ‘The Big Wheel.’ Her work on the project combined with the purchase of her daily rider; a 1969 BMW R60US, triggered creative opportunities including film, video and photography collaborations with cultural champions such as BMW Motorrad, Deus Ex Machina USA, Saam Gabbay, Scott Pommier, Jon Patrick of The Selvedge Yard, Petrolicious, Progressive Insurance, Toast Boyd, and The Wall Street Journal to name a few.
In 2010 Stacie founded the trailblazing women’s motorcycle club the ‘East Side Moto Babes’ which lead the Los Angeles’ Women’s March in 2017 and 2018. Immersed in the art and motorcycle communities, Stacie has curated art exhibitions, organized events, rides, and was a founding Judge for the International Motorcycle Film Festival.
Purchasing her first race bike, a 1968 Honda 160 racer ‘Triple Nickel’, and starting to roadrace in 2011 with the national circuit AHRMA (American Historical Racing Motorcycle Association) was kismet. Racing provided an outlet for her passion for craft, engineering, and sport. In 2012 Stacie started working on the preparation and modifications of her race bike and crewing for Ralph Hudson’s land speed racing program at El Mirage Dry Lake and Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2015 AHRMA awarded Stacie Lady Roadracer of the Year.
In 2017 Stacie acquired a 1967 Harley Davidson (Aermacchi) Sprit 250 SS and began her land speed campaign at El Mirage Dry Lake and Bonneville Salt Flats with SCTA (Southern California Timing Association). In 2018 Stacie has made two land speed records with five more events still to come. Racing has tested Stacie’s perseverance and discipline and has gotten her back in the shop working with her hands, her first love.
[Photograph of Stacie B. London by Scott Pommier]
Keynote: Saturday July 28th, 2018 | 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Bobby Haas has pursued the heights of both private equity and artistic endeavors, including the rarified world of aerial photography. From 1983 through 2010, Haas was Founder and Chairman of Haas Wheat & Partners and its predecessor investment partnership, Hicks & Haas. The Firm compiled a highly acclaimed record of success, and its national reputation as a leading strategic investor was established in a series of noteworthy acquisitions, including Dr Pepper Company, The Seven-Up Company, Sybron International, and AMN Healthcare. Haas currently serves as a senior advisor and partner of New MainStream Capital, an investment firm with offices in New York and Dallas.
In his parallel career as a renowned photographer and author, Haas has published twelve books, including five by National Geographic. Two of his aerial photography books, Through the Eyes of the Gods and its successor Through the Eyes of the Condor, became two of the most widely distributed single-photographer books ever published by National Geographic.
Haas’s photographs have appeared in major exhibits in New York, Dallas, New Haven, Washington, D.C., Denver, Miami, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Peru, China, the Czech Republic, Spain, Ecuador, Australia, Venezuela, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia. His work has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning, ABC News Nature’s Edge, and CNN, and in National Geographic Magazine, TIME Magazine, Forbes Life, and numerous other publications.
His latest literary effort is titled Shakespeare and the Brothers: Embedded with a Band of Bikers. Propelled by the author’s fascination with the biker culture, this nonfiction work delves into the tight-knit bonds of brotherhood that unite the members of one of the largest motorcycle clubs in the world, composed exclusively of military veterans.
Beginning in late 2014, Haas extended his fascination with the biker culture to become an avid collector of vintage and custom motorcycles, spanning over 100 years of leading-edge design and engineering excellence. His thirst for collecting rare vintage cycles and innovative custom motorcycles soon expanded his collection to number over 160 cycles. Haas is the founder of the recently opened Haas Moto Museum & Sculpture Gallery located in Dallas TX.
In 2002, Haas was recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme and The WILD Foundation for his contributions on behalf of endangered species and the environment. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Haas has been a frequent guest lecturer at both Universities.
[Photograph of Bobby Haas by David Woo]