Artist Liz Cohen celebrates cover models of 'Lowrider' magazine

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Launched in 1977, the San Jose-based Lowrider car enthusiast magazine struggled until it made an editorial decision that clicked: placing beautiful women on its cover alongside the beautiful cars.

The magazine continued the tradition until 2015, announcing female models would cease to appear in its photography just one week after Playboy announced its (short-lived) decision not to include fully nude models. Artist Liz Cohen’s latest body of work is a tribute to cover models of Lowrider, who contributed to the aesthetic and visibility of lowrider and Chicano culture — what Cohen sees as a form of “playful defiance that characterizes lowriding as a form of cultural resistance.”

Cohen will give an artist talk on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.; the show runs through Dec. 22.

Liz Cohen: Stories Better Told by Others opening will take place on Friday, Nov. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at David Klein Gallery; 1520 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-818-3416; dkgallery.com; Admission is free.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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