Chicano Art: Perspectives of an Art Advocate
Cheech Marin is best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent duo of Cheech and Chong. While primarily known as an actor, director, and performer, he has developed what is arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art in the world. Since he started collecting in the late 1980s, to date, he has accumulated over 700 works of art; the majority of which are paintings followed by prints, mixed-media works, sculptures, and photography.
This exhibition, Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin, presents 65 artworks by 24 established and emerging artists. Their work demonstrates a myriad of techniques from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media, dates from the late 1980s to present day, and offers iconic imagery with influences ranging from pre-Hispanic symbols and post-revolutionary nationalistic Mexican motifs to Chicano movement of the 1960s and contemporary urban culture.