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A conversation with author Denise Chávez; and Low & Slow exhibit

Denise Chávez, Fronteriza Writer, Activist

On Friday, September 8th, 2023, the NMSU University Museum at Kent Hall, opened its doors to the exhibit "Low and Slow: Lowrider Culture on the Border.” This exhibit holds unique historical objects, paintings, and clothing from the Lowrider community in the region.

Norma Chairez-Hartell, University Museum curator and professor said that the exhibit highlights Hispanic culture and the perseverance of the lowrider community.

"One of the reasons I wanted to bring this exhibit out is to bring not only the local community, but you know the Chicanos and Chicanas at NMSU to come celebrate. So yeah, it's also a way to bring people out to the museum," She said.

Award-winning Fronteriza author Denise Chávez was also at the opening day of the exhibit, and she said was amazed by the exhibition's outcome.

"Low and Slow was not only an exhibition of Lowrider cars and costumes. Honestly, it was one of the best events I've ever attended on the NMSU campus." Said Chávez.

This event was alive and filled with fashion, music, and vehicles. Norma Chairez-Hartell described the unique way that this community supports each other.

"It's just this community that you know just celebrates, dresses up like Pachucos and Pachucas. Celebrates artwork, having a Lowrider itself is you know like a generational family thing but also the time that goes into the artwork is a personal thing and then the artist work as well," Chairez-Hartell says.

The exhibition is located in the East Gallery in Kent Hall at New Mexico State University and will be available until September of 2024.

Author Denise Chávez is the featured guest on this week’s “Fronteras-A Changing America.” On the program, she shares more about her life and work in the borderland.

Website: https://univmuseum.nmsu.edu

Evelyn Sandoval worked from 2022-2023 as a Senior TV Producer at KRWG Public Media. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University, and graduated with a Bachelor's in Journalism and a minor in Sports Marketing. Evelyn previously worked at KTSM Channel 9 NBC News in El Paso, TX. During her time as a student, she volunteered in the journalism department for over 4 years. Evelyn also worked as a student employee for KRWG Public Media and Aggie Vision from 2015-2019.
Anthony Moreno serves as the Director of Content at KRWG Public Media. He also is host and executive producer for "Fronteras-A Changing America" and "Your Legislators" on KRWG-TV.