Since the 1960s, artistic expression has been an important agent of political activism for the Mexican-American community; its members marginalized by both law and custom in the United States. As Chicano artists garnered public attention and respect, their works have moved from the peripheries of the art world to more traditional museum and gallery spaces while continuing to embrace themes of heritage, legacy and community. This exhibition features paintings by both emerging and established artists from Cheech Marin's noted collection of Chicano art. Marin, the entertainer who is well known for his work in movies, television, and improvisational comedy, has been acquiring art for more than 20 years, and he has amassed one of the most renowned collections of Chicano art in private hands.
For more information, visit Cheech Marin's website: www.CheechMarin.com/Chicanitas
Cheech Marin will give a public lecture about his collection on April 22, 5:30pm in Wilson Hall's Concert Hall. Seating is limited. However, the event will be streamed live on line at: https://new.livestream.com/wlu/cheech-marin
Ricardo Ruiz, La Envidiosa, 2009, acrylic on canvas