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Jul 20, 2005

Leno To Narrate Audio Self-tours Of Orlando "The Art Of The Motorcycle" Exhibit

Jay Leno Confirmed as "The Voice" for the Orlando Museum of Art's World-Class Exhibition The Art of the Motorcycle, January 22-July 23, 2006

ORLANDO, FL -- The familiar voice Americans hear greeting them with "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to 'The Tonight Show,' " will soon be welcoming guests to the Orlando Museum of Art's (OMA's) world-class exhibition, The Art of the Motorcycle, on view January 22 through July 23, 2006.

Jay Leno, famous comedian and host of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," is confirmed as the narrator for the audio tour guides for the exhibition. Based on the landmark exhibition that opened in 1998 to record crowds at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Art of the Motorcycle explores the motorcycle as both cultural icon and design achievement and offers a thought-provoking challenge to conventional assumptions about art and popular culture in the modern age. It was organized by Wonders, The Memphis International Cultural Series, in association with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Well known for his passion for collecting motorcycles and classic cars, it's no surprise that Leno saw the exhibition at the Guggenheim Las Vegas in 2001. When he was approached to do the audio guide for the presentations in Memphis and Orlando he "thought it would be a cool thing to do.

"Not all art has to hang there -- sometimes it can roll, explode and make noise," says Leno. He compares motorcycles to the back of a watch, "because all the mechanical parts are exposed to see."

His collection occupies three football-field-size warehouses and includes approximately 80 cars and 80 motorcycles. Leno is constantly working on his collection in his spare time at home and routinely drives cars from his collection to his studio. He is also a promoter of the mechanical crafts through his columns in Popular Mechanics and his educational activities. Leno recently auctioned off a Harley-Davidson Road King signed by his celebrity guests to help raise money for the victims of the tsunami that affected South Asia.

"Jay Leno's enthusiasm for these bikes makes the audio guide tour both entertaining and informative," says OMA Curator Hansen Mulford. "I think our visitors will enjoy learning more about these extraordinary bikes from someone who is as enthusiastic about them as Jay Leno."

The Acoustiguide® recorded tour also features the voices of actors Dennis Hopper, Jeremy Irons, Lauren Hutton and Laurence Fishburne.

About the Orlando Museum of Art
Nestled in beautiful Orlando Loch Haven Park, the Orlando Museum of Art is a private, non-profit institution, dedicated to enriching the cultural life of Florida by providing excellence in the visual arts. Founded in 1924, the OMA has grown from a small arts center into a nationally accredited and recognized museum. As one of Florida's cultural gems, the OMA is home to permanent collections of American art, African art, and art of the ancient Americas, and presents a variety of temporary exhibitions of the highest artistic merit.

The Art of the Motorcycle Hours
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing.

The Art of the Motorcycle Admission
Pre-sale general admission tickets are available for $12.50 (must be pre-purchased by 12/31/05). Admission for adults is $15; seniors (65+), students and active military personnel is $12; youth ages 6-18 is $5; children ages 5 and younger is free; groups of 20 or more is $12; senior groups of 20 or more is $10. OMA Members are offered free admission on their first visit and the first Thursday of each month during 1st Thursdays; each additional visit is $10. Admission prices include an audio guide tour.

General Information
For further information, call (407) 896-4231 or visit the OMA's web site at www.OMArt.org. The OMA is located just one hour southwest from Daytona Beach along the I-4 corridor (exit #85) in picturesque Orlando Loch Haven Park at 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL.