Guest Curator Talk With David V. Herlihy

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Guest Curator Talk With David V. Herlihy
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In this presentation complementing one of Asia Society Texas Center’s current exhibitions, Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891, guest curator David V. Herlihy will discuss the fascinating story of two young Americans who celebrated their graduation from university with a grand adventure in Asia in the 1890s.

About the Exhibition

In the summer of 1890, young Americans William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr. set off to circle the globe on newly-invented “safety” bicycles. After pedaling 18,000 miles across three continents, their harrowing tales of adventure made them international celebrities. Along the way, Sachtleben and Allen chronicled their trip with two novel Kodak cameras, signaling a new “democratic” era for photography, as well as cycling.

Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 features a selection of these striking images, taken from a year on the road visiting Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), and part of the Russian Empire (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The photographs vividly convey what the two adventurers experienced as they pedaled across barren dirt roads, river crossings, mountain passes, and volcanic terrains, encountering new peoples and cultures.
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By: Asia Society Texas Center