Learn About Lowrider Art & Culture on Saturday

May 11, 2015 -- To honor the lowrider culture in New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College will be sponsoring two “Talk & Tours” the same day as the May 16 Lowrider Convention at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Learn About Lowrider Art & Culture on Saturday

Jul 17, 2015

The Talk & Tours will consist of a brief discussion/lecture on the history of the lowrider culture and related art in the state, followed by an optional guided tour of the convention. Making presentations at the Talk & Tours event will be Miguel Gandert and Jessica Rosazza Williams. Gandert’s Lowrider 'cultura' photographs have been displayed at some of the top museums, galleries and significant public buildings around the world. Williams, a CNM art history instructor, has investigated ways in which these historical elements reveal themselves in works of art that reflect New Mexico’s identity.

The Talk & Tours will be held from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 pm. at the CNM STEMulus Center, 20 First Plaza Center NW, across the street from the Convention Center. Underway at the same time will be an art exhibit at the STEMulus Center’s Pop-Up Pavilion, featuring some of Gandert’s photography, as well as an ongoing 10-minute slide show of Gandert’s lowrider photography set to the voice of former New Mexico Poet Laureate Levi Romero reading his poem “Los Heroes.”

New Mexico lowrider enthusiasts will have the opportunity to review the history of lowrider culture in New Mexico and participate in a guided tour of the lowrider convention.

To register for the event, call (505) 224-5200. The ticket price is $25 and does not include convention admission.

Gandert’s series, “Nuevo México Profundo, Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland,” was the subject of a book and one-person exhibition at the National Hispanic Culture Center in 2000. His work was selected for the 1993 Whitney Museum Biennial. They are also in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Beinke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at Yale University, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.

The CNM Art Department has faculty with rich expertise in visual arts, elements of drawing and design, the history of art, as well as the important role that art and architecture play in society. 

This is CNM’s first art-themed “Talk & Tour” hosted in Downtown Albuquerque at the CNM STEMulus Center. Future Talk & Tours topics will include murals and street art.