This June, a new creative center opened in Southern California. The Riverside Museum of Art in the Inner Empire debuted at the Cheek Marin Center for the Art and Culture of Chicano. The $ 11 million addition is named after East Los Angeles-born actor, comedian and art collector Cheach Marin, who has generously donated his collection of 550 paintings, sculptures and other artwork to the museum. As a result, The Cheech is now considered the largest permanent collection of Mexican American art in the United States.
After succeeding in comedy, Marin pursued his other great passion – collecting art. The 75-year-old has spent more than 40 years finding his favorite songs, slowly assembling an eclectic collection. “The term Chicano is on the move,” says Marin. “We live in times of movement. And we want to talk about this at the Center, because it will be a place for research and innovation in art and culture. I want this to be a place where these things are discussed, and I want the experience to be inclusive. ”
The Riverside Museum of Art is renovating its 1960s library in the historic city center of The Cheech, which will include a revolving exhibition of Marin’s collection. For its opening an exhibition entitled Cheech collects, the main gallery includes paintings by more than 40 different artists, including Patsy Valdes, Frank Romero and Judith Hernandez. “Being a chick has always meant being in the middle – being an American, but also being proud of your roots,” he continues. “Everyone is different and we all need to learn to understand each other. Being chicano means forging your own path. “
While many of the artists are based in California, Marin travels the United States to find masterpieces that speak to him. Before donating his art to The Cheech, Marin exhibited his collection in more than 50 museums, hoping to draw attention to art and artists who have been overlooked. “Chicano art has always been a political art,” adds Marin. “And year after year, it has become what it is today. It can be political. It can be non-political. It can be very personal. But what I’ve learned over the years is that Chicano’s art reveals taste (taste) of the community. “
The exhibition Cheech collects will be on display until December 2022. You can visit The Cheech at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California.
The Chicano Cheese Marin Center for the Arts and Culture opened on June 18, 2022 at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California.
It is designed to be a center of Mexican American painting, sculpture, photography and video arts.
The collection of more than 550 paintings and other works of art was donated by East Los Angeles-born actor and comedian Cheach Marin.
Some of the artists on display at the museum include Passy Valdez, Sandy Rodriguez, Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Judith Hernandez and Gilbert Magu Luhan.
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