Culture Pass: ‘Con Carino’

It takes a special vision and a lot of hard work to transform an abandoned car into a one-of-a-kind sculpture on wheels, but that’s exactly what makes New Mexico’s Lowriders so special.

Though they are works of art in their own right, Lowriders have also inspired artists working in other mediums.

“Lowriding is not a unique phenomenon to New Mexico, however New Mexico Lowriders are unique in their style,” says Kate Ware, Curator of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art.

The New Mexico Museum of Art invites you to explore the influence of the Lowrider in ‘Con Carino, Artists Inspired by Lowriders’.

“What we explore in the show is how that style really became distinctive in northern New Mexico, particularly,” explains Ware, of the exhibit.

In the 1940s and 1050s, border towns in Texas and California saw a trend in car customization: dropping the height of the ride while at the same time, decorating with ornate, extravagant and sacred designs.

The style found its way from the borders to northern New Mexico where it was adopted then adapted by car enthusiasts, who literally incorporated their lives into the style.

Ware continues to detail the stylistic representation of the Lowrider history: “…you will often see religious icons, religious symbolism incorporated into the decoration – the murals, the paintings on the trunk, the hood that you’ll see. And you’ll often see The Virgin of Guadalupe, images of Christ, and also, memorials to people who have passed away.”

The Lowrider culture has inspired a number of unlikely artists throughout the years; something ‘Con Carino’ aims to celebrate.

‘Con Carino’ is showing through October 10th at the New Mexico Museum of Art


Brought to you by: New Mexico Living; Sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

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