GUELPH, ON, November 27, 2012: The public is invited to Guelph Civic Museum’s opening of “kNOw Skateboarding: 60 Years of Skateboarding Culture”, a unique exhibit that uncovers the rich underground world of skateboarding, on Friday, December 7 from 7 to 9 pm. Admission to the opening free.
“News of the upcoming exhibit is already creating a buzz among skateboarding aficionados far and wide”, says Bev Dietrich, Manager of Guelph Museums. “This is a truly unique exhibit and we fully expect that it will draw many new visitors to the museum.”
Featuring an array of artifacts and articles documenting skateboarding’s origins, innovations and icons, “kNOw Skateboarding” will take visitors on decade-by-decade ride through skateboarding’s history.
“Each decade had its own skateboarding superstars – individuals who broke the mould by creating new techniques and styles,” says guest curator Adam Rutherford, Youth Services Coordinator for the City of Guelph. “Through a series of archival photos, multimedia presentations, and hands on activities we’re offering an insight into skateboarding’s rich cultural tradition and the unique individuals associated with it.”
With more than 60 years of history behind it, skateboarding has developed from a do-it-yourself invention to a multi-million dollar industry. Its story is filled with iconic individuals and inventors, waves of popularity, myths and misconceptions, and an incredible progression from simply riding down the street to gravity defying tricks requiring precise control of body and mind. For experienced boarders, the exhibit will be a ride down memory lane; for young boarders, a connection to their foundations; and for the uninitiated, an opportunity to appreciate the history, aesthetic and culture of an often misunderstood pursuit.
“kNOw Skateboarding: 60 Years of Skateboarding and Skateboard Culture” runs at the Guelph Civic Museum December 8, 2012 until June 2, 2013. The museum is located at 52 Norfolk St. For more information, call 519-836-1221 ext. 2773 or visit guelph.ca/museum.