Mixed Me­dia ¡Orale! Lowrider: Cus­tom Made in New Mex­ico

Pasatiempo - - CONTENTS - — Molly Boyle

how can I tell you baby, oh honey you’ll never know the ride the ride of a low­ered Chevy slith­er­ing through the blue dot­ted night along River­side Drive Es­pañola — From “Wheels” by Levi Romero The ro­mance and the re­wards of North­ern New Mex­ico’s lowrider life­style have been cel­e­brated in two re­cent mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tions: Lowrid­ers, Hop­pers, and Hot Rods: Car Cul­ture of North­ern New Mex­ico at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum, up through March 5, 2017; and Con Car­iño:

Artists In­spired by Lowrid­ers, through Oct. 10 at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art. This cu­ra­to­rial fo­cus on car afi­ciona­dos who are ob­sessed with cus­tomiz­ing their rides — and thereby broad­cast­ing their cul­tural pride — has earned this sea­son the moniker “Lowrider Sum­mer” — and it’s not quite over.

At 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Sept. 25, the Mu­seum of New Mex­ico Press hosts a book sign­ing and au­thor dis­cus­sion for ¡Orale! Lowrider: Cus­tom Made

in New Mex­ico at the New Mex­ico His­tory Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave.). The com­pre­hen­sive glossy cof­fee-ta­ble book, which is packed with candy-col­ored car pho­tos by some of the re­gion’s most well known doc­u­men­tar­i­ans (Jack Par­sons, Meridel Ruben­stein, Alex Har­ris, and An­nie Sahlin among them), gives a 40-year record of lowrid­ers in the Land of En­chant­ment. A lead es­say by au­thor and pho­tog­ra­pher Don J. Us­ner, who grew up in the lowrider-ob­sessed town of Chi­mayó and col­lected sto­ries from around the state for Lowrid­ers, Hop­pers, and Hot

Rods, pro­vides per­spec­tive on the home­grown scene. NMHM pho­tog­ra­phy cu­ra­tor Kather­ine Ware con­trib­utes a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view with Ruben­stein, who ini­ti­ated her own trail­blaz­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of lowrider pho­tog­ra­phy at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art in 1980. Em­budo Val­ley poet and UNM as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor Levi Romero’s verse adds some lyri­cal flour­ishes. Along with other contributors, Us­ner and Ware at­tend the event, which is free. Call 505-476-5200.

Don J. Us­ner: Ernie López, Chi­mayó, 2012

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