KiKi - Buffalo Art Movement
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March 3rd to March 31st 2023

Cheryl Gorski’s “KiKi” exhibition at BAM! showcases the creativity, and exuberance of New York City’s fashion week. Her camera, like a whirlpool, captures everyone in the fashion industry regardless of rank. The name Kiki is a girl’s name of French origin meaning “double happiness”.  It was adopted by the Ballroom drag scene and has been a part of the LGBTQ+ community for decades. A kiki is a gathering or hangout where people (sometimes friends), come together to relax, mingle, gossip, or just generally have a great time. It allows everyone to gather and celebrate gender non-conformity, racial diversity, talent, and expressionistic openness, which is everything Cheryl has curated throughout her career as a photographer and artist.


In Kiki, Cheryl takes us on a tour de force to experience New York City Fashion Week: backstage, front row seating, runway, models, fashion houses, and post-runway parties. Through her journalistic style of photography, she captures the soft, human, silly, and fun side of the often-satirized fashion industry monster.   What admirably separates Gorski’s artistic work from others is her unique eye for the mundane, bold, and absurd. She has a way of capturing unique moments of the human experience, especially during a time like fashion week.


This exhibition brings to life the timeless nature of her iconic work and how it influences our emotions, behaviors, and inspirations.

Exhibition Preview

Opening night cocktail reception: Feed your Fire/Sooth your Soul and 1989 Until the day after tomorrow. June 7th, 2024. 5:00-10:00 PM