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‘Design in Motion’ To Open At KANEKO

Bicycles as art. Cars as masterpieces of design. Motorcycles as objects of beauty.

“Design in Motion.” It doesn’t sound like an art show – but there’s art.

And it doesn’t quite sound like a car show – but there are cars.



KANEKO will open an exhibit soon that presents automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles as art and wonders of design.

I talked with Michael Hollins, program manager at KANEKO, to get the inside scoop on what the exhibit is about and why families will want to check it out.


What is it?

The exhibit shows that things we see everyday – bikes and automobiles – can be designed for a purpose and as well as an object of beauty. “This is really going to be displayed and explored as works of fine art,” said Hollins.

Cars as fine art?

I’ll take the bait. Show me something pretty.

Talbot-Lago Type 150-C-S-2

Talbot-Lago, which will be on display at “Design in Motion” at KANEKO. Photo courtesy KANEKO

OK, that’ll be pretty cool to see up close.



Chatting with Hollins, I developed a plan for what I wanted to check out: The upstairs gallery with its wall of bikes. There will be bikes from our childhoods, as well as sleek new ones and fancy old ones – like a 1881 bike with a front wheel twice as tall as a kid.

Anyone have a bike like this?

Anyone have a bike like this? Photo courtesy KANEKO


I asked Hollins for what he thought were the highlights:

– 1913 Stutz Bearcat, which he said looked more like a tank than a car.

– Cutaway model T, something he described as a dissected Model T.


Here's the dissected cutaway Model T you'll see at

The dissected cutaway Model T you’ll see at “Design in Motion.” Photo courtesy KANEKO



– The small three-wheel cars that are small, which were part of the micro-car boom of the 1950s.

– Really really old motorcycles (and new ones, like a 2015 BMW motorcycle)


Will kids like it?

Looking at just the photos, I’m thinking, YES, this stuff looks so cool, and I’m not even a gear head. But I asked Hollins is kids will anything interesting in the exhibit.

The 1913 Stutz Bearcat. Photo courtesy KANEKO

The 1913 Stutz Bearcat. Photo courtesy KANEKO

“There are cars they’ll certainly have never seen before. Shapes, bodies and designs never seen before.”

Hollins described some as moving sculptures. And seeing these things in a gallery setting makes it easier for kids and adults to think about these objects abstractly.

“We teach and preach here at KANEKO that creativity is inherent in all human endeavors and all age ranges.”

Plus, there will be video projections…I don’t know about your kids, but my son in particular always stops for video projections at places.

After our conversation, it seemed to me that that the best things about this exhibit will be:

  1. Kids will see some truly unique things they can’t see elsewhere.
  2. This can get families talking about the design process of these cars and bikes.
  3. Which can lead to talking about the creative process in general.


The Pixar of Exhibits

Parents are going to like it the way they like Pixar, according to Hollins. The exhibit creates a sense of wonder and discovery that’s accessible to children; for parents, it’s not only enjoyable to see that, it’s an engrossing exhibit for them.

A big wheel bike from 1881. Photo courtesy KANEKO

A big wheel bike from 1881. Photo courtesy KANEKO

Plus, it sounds like anyone interested in the design process will love this exhibit as it explores the entire creative process of designing modes of transportation.

If you go

“Design in Motion”

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

When: Sept. 22 through Jan. 2, 2016

Cost: FREE
Schedule of events:


Open Space Soirée – Sept. 18, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

“Design In Motion: opening day – Sept. 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Great Minds Series with J Mays – Sept. 25, 7 – 9 p.m.



KANEKO Bike Night – Oct. 9, 5 – 9 p.m.

Mode>Shift>Omaha Coffee Chat – Oct. 16, 8 – 9 a.m.



Creative Catalysts – Nov. 7–8

Mode>Shift>Omaha Coffee Chat – Nov. 20, 8 – 9 a.m.



Green Sprints presented by Greenstreet Cycles – Dec. 4, 7–10 p.m.

Mode>Shift>Omaha Coffee Chat – Dec. 18, 8 – 9 a.m.       



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Alissa Apel

Tuesday 15th of September 2015

Oh this is great to know about. Thank you! My kids loved the Kaneko space this summer. My husband loves his sculptures.


Wednesday 16th of September 2015

Hope you get to go - maybe I'll read about your visit on your blog soon. :)

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