For Latinos in Los Angeles who grew up around lowriders, car culture is about family. It’s about the days that were spent cruising down Whittier Blvd or bumping oldies on summer nights. And, of course, it’s about the personal expression that the cars represent. Now, a new exhibit is presenting lowriders as they should be: art.
“The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” shows the evolution of lowrider culture.
The exhibit, on display for an entire year at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is a group show that features installations, lithographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography, and, of course, cars too.
According to a press release by the Petersen Automotive Museum, the lowriders featured in the exhibit combine “automotive ingenuity and imaginative expression.”
The attention to detail is staggering. Each car tells a different story, like this Gypsy Rose Piñata lowrider by artist Justin Favela.
According to the Petersen Automotive Museum, some of the cars featured include “Our Family Car,” a 1950 Chevrolet Sedan painted by legendary artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (who died in 2011).
“El Rey,” a 1963 Chevrolet Impala by Albert De Alba Sr.
“El Muertorider,” a customized 1968 Chevy Impala by Artemio Rodríguez and John Jota Leaños.
Gangster Squad ’39,” a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe by Mister Cartoon.
The show also features amazing paintings and lowrider-inspired items.
“Chicano culture is so deeply intertwined with the culture of Los Angeles and automobiles represent a rich part of that,” said Terry L. Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “We at the museum are honored to be in a position to share this vibrant and thriving culture with those who might not otherwise be exposed to it. ‘The High Art of Riding Low’ is going to be one of the most important exhibits we’ve curated.”
The show features 50 artists. We dare you to pick a favorite piece.
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