Michael Lichter’s 9th Annual Motorcycles Art Exhibition To Feature “Rebel Rousers”









Every year I wonder what will be the theme of the next Sturgis “Michael Lichter’s Motorcycles As Art Exhibition”. And last week over the phone Michael told me that it is named “Rebel Rousers”, a celebration of all iconic symbols that have defined our motorcycle culture. And these iconic symbols are many things: of course legendary motorcycles but also movies, actors, songs, a piece of motorcycle art, etc. Anything that has inspired us to ride for the 1st time and fueled our unconditional passion for the culture. 

Michael Lichter will display iconic motorcycles, from Captain America and Billy’s bike to Dave Mann’s Ghostrider, and memorable images like Rollie Free flying down the salt, as well as posters and stills from films like The Wild One, On Any Sunday and Easy Rider. All of the objects in the show have in some way become sacred to bikers. They have inspired, and will continue to inspire, the devotion of enthusiasts.  In addition to looking to the past, the exhibit will look at contemporary images and bikes that may be considered iconic to future generations of bikers. Films such as Biker Boyz, The World’s Fastest Indian, and motorcycles like Jesse James’ “Camel Bike” and Indian Larry’s “Wild Child” bike.

rollie-freeThis yearly Sturgis exhibit will be presented at the new Lichter Exhibition Hall on the grounds of The Legendary Buffalo Chip. It’s a 7,000-square-foot facility designed to showcase art and motorcycle exhibits like this year’s “Rebel Rousers,” as well as all his future Sturgis exhibitions. And Michael Lichter has a lot to show. He began photographing custom bikes and the biker lifestyle in 19577 after merging his passions for photography and Harleys. Easyriders Magazine and their sister publications have published over 900-articles with his photography and Michael continues to supply imagery for clients as diverse as Nikon Cameras, Rolling Stone magazine, Indian Motorcycles, S&S Cycle, Baker Drivetrain, Wiley X sunglasses and more than 20-motorcycle magazines internationally. Since 2001 he has exhibited his limited edition archive prints in galleries across America and abroad and is now finishing work on his 10th book.

Now celebrating its 28th consecutive year as “The Best Party Anywhere,” The Legendary Buffalo Chip is one of Sturgis Rally’s best-known hot spot. It has been featured on a 13-episode television series and five television specials, some of which remain in current broadcast rotation. Its 2009 schedule of events includes its 9-day concert series (free to campers) featuring favorites like Aerosmith, Toby Keith, Cheech and Chong, Hinder, Tesla, George Thorogood and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

8 Responses to “Michael Lichter’s 9th Annual Motorcycles Art Exhibition To Feature “Rebel Rousers””

  1. 1 Jeremy May 2nd, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Never miss the exhibit while in Sturgis.

  2. 2 Shifter May 2nd, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Looking for vintage helmets. Want to build a collection. Cyril, do you know good sources?

  3. 3 Ray May 2nd, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    It woud be nice that during the Sturgis Rally there would be a nice place or several places where we could watch biker movies. Why not a Sturgis Movie Festival, inviting directors, actors, with interviews before projection. Cyril & Michael moderators. Just an idea.
    PS: Wanted to say good post!

  4. 4 Rodent May 3rd, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Good luck Mike in your new venue!

  5. 5 Michael Lichter May 4th, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Thank you all for your comments. As for a movie festival, while this isn’t in the plans at this point, it is a great idea. There will be flat screens in the gallery rolling “iconic” moments in motorcycle film history to add another visual element to the show. There is also the possibility of debuting a “Harlista” documentary on Cuba that is coming out soon. Next week, I will post more details of the show including some of the bikes and objects already committed, in hopes more people will have suggestions for the exhibit, as well as some leads on where to procure them. Once again, I’m hoping to get the whole industry involved in some way – any input is appreciated.

  6. 6 John E Adams May 4th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Congrats on the show and “Lichter Exhibition Hall” – nice!!!

    Another idea might be to collect/have folks submit their first ride pics in a free online forum such as flickr with permission to use them in a collective collage poster/print in the show (giant) I imagine you would get hundreds, if not thousands of pics and would produce a wonderful permanent display.

  7. 7 Sara Liberte May 6th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    As usual Michael’s exhibit will be inspiring! Congrats on keeping it real Mike, always enjoy what you put together! ~Sara

  8. 8 Michael Lichter May 22nd, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I think Ray has a great idea – and I’m going to start looking into this right away. Thanks for the suggestion.

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