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[exhibit] Sitting on Chrome: Mario Ayala, rafa esparza & Guadalupe Rosales @ SFMOMA

Update! This exhibit ends on February 19th!

The coolest Lowrider Art Exhibit has hit the Bay Area!

Pinstriped. Stylized exteriors. Lush, upholstered interiors. Lowriders are designed to be seen.

In this multi-sensory exhibition, artists Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales engage the visual language of lowriders and explore cruising as a practice of resistance and community visibility.

Closing February 19, Sitting on Chrome is a collaborative exhibition from artists Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales that engages the visual language of lowriders and explores cruising as a practice of resistance and community visibility. These customized cars are modified over time by drivers, their families, and communities for the sake of joy and visual pleasure.

Sitting on Chrome evokes the multi-sensory experience of lowriding while examining themes of memory, self-authored histories, queer experiences, issues of surveillance – and ultimately, our relationship with the machines that are the backdrop of our daily lives.

NOW–February 19, 2024
Floor 2
SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
151 3rd street, SF.

 

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SFMOMA presents “Sitting on Chrome: Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales”

In this collaborative exhibition, artists Mario Ayala, rafa esparza, and Guadalupe Rosales engage the visual language of lowriders and explore cruising as a practice of resistance and community visibility.

 

 

From pinstriped, stylized exteriors to lush, upholstered interiors, these customized cars are modified over time by drivers, their families, and communities for the sake of joy and visual pleasure. Designed to be seen, they express individual and collective identities and transform public spaces.

Reflecting on their own early experiences cruising through the streets of Los Angeles, Ayala, esparza, and Rosales have transformed four Floor 2 galleries through vibrant, multisensory installations. Celebrating and unsettling the lowrider, the exhibition opens with a newly commissioned mural by all three artists, followed by immersive galleries featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, archival materials, and a sound installation.

Each space engages the senses to evoke the experience of lowriding while examining themes of memory, self-authored histories, queer experiences, issues of surveillance, and the relationship between humans and machines.

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