You can almost hear the roar of the exhaust pipes at Culture Lab LIC in Queens. There are 10 custom motorcycles on display there, but it's not a showroom, it's an art gallery.

That's where an exhibition called "In Motion: Art of the Motorcycle" is currently on display. It kicked off last weekend with Kulture Fest 2023, a motorcycle show and competition in the Culture Lab parking lot.

What You Need To Know

  • "In Motion: Art of the Motorcycle" is a new exhibition at Culture Lab LIC in Queens
  • It showcases 10 handmade bikes and fine art
  • In addition to the bikes, there are photos, sculptures and sketches
  • The exhibition runs through Sept. 10

"All the motorcycles that are here today were built in someone's garage, so if that doesn't count as art, I don't know what does," said Edjo Wheeler, executive director of Culture Lab LIC.

The exhibition is curated by Mark V. and Wheeler, who says the gallery is dedicated to providing space for as many different types of art as possible, and they consider custom motorcycles as part of that art.

"We want to make shows that are a little bit outside the box, like a show about puppets, a show about architecture, or a show about motorcycles," Wheeler said.

One of the bikes was owned by FDNY firefighter Gregory Saucedo, a motorcycle enthusiast killed on Sept. 11, 2001. It was transformed by custom bike builder Steven Iacona.

In addition to the bikes, there are photos, sculptures and sketches from well-known motorcycle builder Paul Cox.

"What an amazing history. There's a whole culture out there that needs to be celebrated and we want to introduce the community to that," Wheeler said.

The show will roll on at Culture Lab LIC through Sept. 10.