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Petersen Museum celebrates the lowrider

The Los Angeles-based automotive museum has a new exhibit featuring historic lowrider cars.

Petrol heads, if you’re heading to the sunny Californian city of Los Angeles, perhaps you’ll want to pay the Petersen Automotive Museum a visit.

The museum will be hosting The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración exhibition, celebrating the culture of the lowrider as an artist catalyst and cultural icon. Opening on July 1, vehicles on display include Our Family Car, a 1950 Chevrolet Sedan painted by Gilbert “Magu” Luján; El Rey, a 1963 Chevrolet Impala by Albert de Alba Sr; El Muertorider, a customised 1968 Chevrolet Impala by Artemio Rodríguez and John Jota Leaños; and Gangster Squad ’39, a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe by Mister Cartoon.

Alongside these stunning vehicles, a range of works — from installations to lithographs, sculptures to drawings, paintings to photography — that meld automotive ingenuity and imaginative expression will also be featured. Works by artists who have reworked and reimagined the lowrider, such as El Moisés, Estevan Oriol, Jaime Zacarias and Luis Tapia, will also be exhibited.

Prior to the official launch of the exhibition, an opening celebration will be organised on June 29 at 7pm in the Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery presented by BMW of North America. The reception will feature light refreshments and music by Raul Campos, a DJ of Santa Monica radio station KCRW.

“Chicano culture is so deeply intertwined with the culture of Los Angeles and automobiles represent a rich part of that,” says Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “‘The High Art of Riding Low’ is going to be one of the most important exhibits we’ve curated.”

The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración exhibition will run from July 1, 2017 to June 3, 2018 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Opening hours are from 10am to 6pm daily.