Story and King: San José's Lowrider Culture

Photo Credit: Suzanne Lopez (in blog image) and Maria Herrera (blog icon image)


"Story and King: San José's Lowrider Culture" Exhibit

December 15, 2018 through March 31, 2019
King Library - 5th Floor Special Collections Exhibit Area

The art of lowriding has deep roots in Chicano history and culture. San José was home to a vibrant lowrider scene, centered around the famous east-side intersection of Story and King. The city was also the birthplace of the legendary Lowrider Magazine. Founded by Sonny Madrid and company, this unique publication documented the evolution of cruisin' and the sociopolitical issues facing contemporary Mexican-American culture.

Join San José Public Library’s California Room and San José State University's Africana, Asian American, Chicano and Native American Studies Center (AAACNA) as we celebrate San José’s history of lowriding through photographs, film, and other historical memorabilia.

Exhibit hours:

  • Monday & Saturday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Associated with the exhibit:


This exhibit features three speaker panel events:

Lowrider Car

Lowrider Culture and Society

  Feb 16 2019 - 3:00pm
  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Lowrider Car

Low & Slow: The Future of Lowriding in San...

  Mar 16 2019 - 3:00pm
  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library


I can't wait to see your exhibit!

This exhibit is awesome!

Can the library have a Bad Boys Club exhibit sometime?

Have believed there should be a lowrider parade down story and king at least once a year. Just saying.

Que lindo que agan estos eventos se nessecitan para recorder que es el este de san jose.

I was a member of that area and spent most of my youth at king and story I also still own my original mag from 1971-79-well into the 80s

Luv the Old Cars".... My Favorite is a 64 chocolate brown OR a clean bud Green.. Keep the Car shows" going. YaY

Suzanne, Next time this event comes around I have original movie film of Lowriders Going over Pacheco Pass and hwy 152 on the way to the 1st Lowrider car show in Fresno and footage of Kearney Park.

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