Liz Cohen: Stories Better Told by Others

David Klein Gallery
Nov 1, 2018 2:03PM

David Klein Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition Liz Cohen, Stories Better Told by Others. This new series of work is Cohen’s tribute to the women who were Lowrider Magazine cover models from 1979 through 2015.

Liz Cohen, a photographer and performance artist, has received international recognition for her Trabantamino project which includes Rio Grande, Bodywork, Tools and Zwickau Routine series. Over the course of eight years Cohen customized an East German Trabant into an All-American El Camino, implementing hydraulic technology gleaned from the Lowrider culture of her native Southwest. Lowriding, originally developed out of the Pachuo Chicano community, was a homegrown culture of resistance and became a practice of defiance against mainstream America by the people who participated in it.

Bodywork Hood, 2006

Bubilicious, 2008

Zwickau Routine: Black Execution, 2010

Southwest Hannah, 2012

Fresno, 2014

Cohen’s dedication to the Lowrider culture was rewarded in 2013 when her Trabantimino won the top prize at the Lowrider competition held annually in Espanola N.M.

Now Cohen has turned her focus to the women whose presence on the covers of Lowrider Magazine added to its success for more than 35 years. This new series pays homage to the women themselves with images of the Lowrider magazine covers with the relevant costumes and tools and branding each photograph with the name of the cover model.

Cohen states: “There are stories that are better told by others. In 2015 Lowrider Magazine stopped using models on their cover. The images in Stories Better Told by Others commemorate the Lowrider Magazine cover models that contributed to the aesthetic, style, and attitudes of Lowrider culture.”

Tina Appolonia, 2018

Evelyn Guerrero, 2018

Tina Saraceni, 2018

Lilly and Barbara, 2018

Liz Cohen was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She holds an MFA from California College of Art, San Francisco, CA, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, and a BA from Tufts University, Medford, MA. Cohen’s work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad including Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain; Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland; Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI. Liz Cohen currently lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.

David Klein Gallery