Motorcycle Artist Lichter Rouses the Sturgis Rally

Publish Date: 
Jul 15, 2009

The following is a news release

Sturgis, SD (July 15, 2009) You'll want to be sure and catch Michael Lichter's 9th annual Motorcycles as Art Exhibition during this year's Sturgis Rally at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. The exhibit titled "Rebel Rousers- Motorcycle Icons that Inspired Us to Ride" is a must-see attraction at this year's festivities. The exhibition will be open to the public Saturday, August 1st through Friday, August 7th, and admission is free.

"From studio to riding shots of our lifestyle, he is a true motorcycle fan and rider. There is none greater than Michael." Agrees reputable motorcycle builders and industry insiders, Brian and Laura Klock of Klock Werks located in South Dakota. "He is to be commended for all he gives back to our industry. Don't miss his show at Sturgis; it's one of the highlights of the whole week, true art from a true gentleman of the industry!"

Michael Lichter is the authority when it comes to the photography of custom motorcycles and the biker lifestyle and this year's exhibit "Rebel Rousers-Motorcycle Icons that Inspired us to Ride" showcases his talent for collecting the best examples of motorcycles and art to explore a subject. This is Lichter's ninth year as curator for the original Sturgis art and motorcycle exhibition. In 2001 Michael was the curator of his first exhibit entitled 'The Biker Generation' and since that time has touched on a variety of motorcycle themes during the yearly Sturgis exhibition including "One World Choppers", "Speed Demons" and "School's Out". Lichter has had the opportunity to curate numerous exhibitions, and was recently curator of the Arlen Ness "Awesome Ness" AMA exhibition on display in their Hall of Legends.

A champion of Lichter's work, Arlen Ness said "I had a bike in Mike's first exhibit in Sturgis and several since then. Through Mike's hard work and vision he has built this exhibit into the premiere art and motorcycle event in the Black Hills. He is great to work with and I'm glad to see they found him a permanent home out at the Buffalo Chip." This year's Rebel Rousers exhibit will be showcased in the brand-new 6,500 square foot Lichter Exhibition Hall at the Legendary Buffalo Chip.

The exhibition hall, built specifically for Michael's current and future displays, will accommodate a number of revered images and sacred memorabilia central to the biker culture. The exhibit will focus on the history and celebrated icons of the motorcycle industry through a review of iconic motorcycles, art and movie memorabilia. On display will be numerous motorcycles from film such as the Captain America and Billy Bike from the movie Easy Rider, as well as representations of iconic bikes. These iconic bikes include an early 1960's Honda Superhawk similar to the one used in Elvis Presley's film Roustabout and a Superhawk which Robert M. Persig rode in the iconic book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Bikes such as Jesse James' "Camel Bike" and Indian Larry's "Wild Child" Biker Build-Off bike will also be featured to represent a more modern influence on motorcycle cultural icons.