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Lowriders Are High Art at the Petersen Museum's New Exhibit, 'Best in Low'

"Our first show was focused on community, car clubs," said Denise Sandoval, a professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at Cal State Northridge and a multi-time curator/consultant to the Petersen for its lowrider shows. "The second one was how lowriders fit in LA history, but this one is really focused on craftsmanship. We look at hydraulics, engraving, painting, upholstery. The goal is to give recognition to a community that doesn't get appreciation for its craftsmanship." Sandoval also mentioned that the new exhibit makes space for lowriders built by women, as well as builds not only from other states, but from overseas as well. "The two Japanese cars are not to be missed," she advised. We can vouch for that. Takahiko Izawa's completely engraved '58 Impala was mind-blowing, as was Hisashi Ushida's golden '54 Chevy, "Sphynx."

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