Jefferson 6tre 2023 07 09 Jefferson Blvd 006
René Amado
Jefferson 6-Tre, 2023, printed 2024
High-gloss metal print
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

Low: René Amado

August 2, 2024 – July 19, 2025
Windows on Fifth Gallery at Racine Art Museum

Who are we if we don’t say it ourselves? Gangsters? Illegals? A project for you to photograph? Nah homie…these cars—the patterns in the paint, the brushstrokes of the pinstripes, the details of the engine, every chiseled cut from the engraver, each and every stitch of the upholstery to the style of rims—they are the expressions of us. They are us. Our joy. Our pain. They are members of our families. They are our loved ones passed on. They are our love. They are our art.
—René Amado

Engaged in lowrider culture most of his life in one way or another, Racine-based René Amado showcases the cars, bicycles, and community through photography and video. Both a photographer and a teacher, Amado has focused on a broad range of subjects in his work—whether by professional necessity or personal interest—from street photography to portraits to culinary themes. Low: René Amado blends his photography with custom bicycles and other small vehicles from various builders/makers (including himself) and a video in which he expands on the story of lowrider culture through interviews and documentation. Each component of the exhibition—photographs, bikes, and video—stands on its own, but together create a powerful narrative underscoring how objects and images can address personal and community development, tradition and innovation, and creativity and aesthetics.

On display in RAM’s Windows on Fifth Gallery, this installation will be available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week—a point underscoring both the value of the ideas and the desire to make the work accessible to anyone on the street, not just those who go into the museum building.
More About the Exhibition

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Bicycle/vehicle builders featured in the exhibition

Armando Alba, René Amado, Edin Gamboa, William Guardado, Junior Herrera, Emanuel Lagunas, Bombita Lopez, Francisco Rubio, Hector Salinas, Jr, and Omar Villa

Low: René Amado

August 2, 2024 – July 19, 2025
Windows on Fifth Gallery at Racine Art Museum
Jefferson 6tre 2023 07 09 Jefferson Blvd 006
René Amado
Jefferson 6-Tre, 2023, printed 2024
High-gloss metal print
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

Who are we if we don’t say it ourselves? Gangsters? Illegals? A project for you to photograph? Nah homie…these cars—the patterns in the paint, the brushstrokes of the pinstripes, the details of the engine, every chiseled cut from the engraver, each and every stitch of the upholstery to the style of rims—they are the expressions of us. They are us. Our joy. Our pain. They are members of our families. They are our loved ones passed on. They are our love. They are our art.
—René Amado

Engaged in lowrider culture most of his life in one way or another, Racine-based René Amado showcases the cars, bicycles, and community through photography and video. Both a photographer and a teacher, Amado has focused on a broad range of subjects in his work—whether by professional necessity or personal interest—from street photography to portraits to culinary themes. Low: René Amado blends his photography with custom bicycles and other small vehicles from various builders/makers (including himself) and a video in which he expands on the story of lowrider culture through interviews and documentation. Each component of the exhibition—photographs, bikes, and video—stands on its own, but together create a powerful narrative underscoring how objects and images can address personal and community development, tradition and innovation, and creativity and aesthetics.

On display in RAM’s Windows on Fifth Gallery, this installation will be available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week—a point underscoring both the value of the ideas and the desire to make the work accessible to anyone on the street, not just those who go into the museum building.
More About the Exhibition

Press Room

Bicycle/vehicle builders featured in the exhibition

Armando Alba, René Amado, Edin Gamboa, William Guardado, Junior Herrera, Emanuel Lagunas, Bombita Lopez, Francisco Rubio, Hector Salinas, Jr, and Omar Villa

Sample of Work in the Exhibition

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Exhibitions at RAM are made possible by:

Platinum Sponsors

The Estate of Karen Johnson Boyd
David Charak
Judith and David Flegel Fund
Ron and Judith Isaacs
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Racine Community Foundation logo
Barbara Waldman
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors

City of Racine’s Grow Racine Grant
Ruffo Family Foundation
Ruth Arts Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Anonymous
Tom and Irene Creecy
Richard and Patricia Ehlert
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Reliance Controls Community Fund
Trio Foundation of St. Louis
W.T. Walker Group, Inc.

Wisconsin Arts Board 50th Anniversary Logo

Silver Sponsors

Anonymous
Baird
Beta Diagnostic Labs
A.C. Buhler Family
Lucy G. Feller
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Jim Harris
Sharon and Tom Harty
Horizon Retail Construction, Inc.
Johnson Financial Group
Dorothy MacVicar
Jan Serr and John Shannon

Bronze Sponsors

Ellen and Joseph Albrecht
Susan Boland
Dave’s Wine Garage
Educators Credit Union
Express Employment Professionals
Bill and Debbie Keland
Susan Manalli
Jean and Alex Mandli, Jr.
Norbell Foundation
Cathy Stanghellini
Twin Disc

Media Sponsor

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