Monkey Rock Hosts Chopper Art Exhibit at Sturgis

Publish Date: 
Jul 7, 2009

Tom Zimberoff, photographer and author of “Art of the Chopper” and “Art of the Chopper II,” will display his latest works at Monkey Rock during the 69th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

From July 31 to August 9, the “Art of the Chopper” exhibit will feature Zimberoff’s photos of one-off motorcycles, paired with portraits of famous builders. Zimberoff has dressed up a 53-foot walk-through big rig as the exhibition space, dubbed the “MotoMuseum,” which will showcase 70 original prints as well as the El Peligroso chopper by Trevelen. Several builders who were featured in the Art of the Chopper books will stop by for guest appearances throughout the week.

Zimberoff recently played curator for his “Art of the Chopper” exhibit at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas. His 26-year career began in the music industry where he toured with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5. His photographs have graced the magazine covers like Time, Fortune, Money and People; and his photographic credits include Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper and two American presidents. On some of his notable portraits Tom remarks, “My first two subjects were Marx and Lennon – Groucho and John, that is.”

“The Art of the Chopper MotoMuseum Exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the rally. Admission is free. The Monkey Rock Event Center (formerly Thunder Road) is on Highway 34. For more information, visit