New shows in Phoenix, Mesa


Cars as art? 

Trends in metro Phoenix say yes. 

Two exhibitions — “Laloland” at Mesa Arts Center and “Desert Rider” at Phoenix Art Museum — highlight lowrider culture, a distinctively American art form. 

“Desert Rider” runs through Sept. 18 and features artwork by more than 12 Latin and Indigenous artists from Arizona and the Southwest. “Laloland,” which blends lowrider culture with Chicano artwork, is open through Aug. 7 and features of the work of Phoenix muralist and artist Lalo Cota.

Lowrider culture originated in Southern California, Texas and the Southwest after World War II. It was an expression of art, family and religion within Chicano and Latin American cultures, according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Lowrider cars — then and now — are converted and refurbished artistic statements. 


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