It may surprise you to know that comedian and actor Cheech Marin is an avid collector of Chicano art.
Over the years, the 70-year-old has amassed a collection of over 700 paintings, sculptures, and more, all from Chicano artists. Now, Marin, with the help of the Riverside Art Museum, is set to create a space to exhibit his collection. As Marin told the Los Angeles Times, “It’ll be the one place worldwide that everybody can go to for all things Chicano art.”
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry is moving into Riverside’s old public library building.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Marin said the 60,000-square-foot library would be the perfect place to display his collection, but that it would also “have an academic feature so Chicano art can be seen and can be studied.” The museum’s opening is still more than a year away, but in the meantime, Marin and the Riverside Art Museum will work out the details to bring it to life.
The museum was approved with a unanimous vote from Riverside’s city council.
Riverside resident Chani Beeman told the Riverside-Press Enterprise the museum is a welcome addition to their community: “This feels like something we can grab hold of and really be proud of.”
Marin was encouraged to pursue this project after a small exposition of his art drew a positive response.
In February, Marin donated a small portion of his collection to the Riverside Art Museum, for the “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper From the Collection of Cheech Marin” exhibit. Marin’s small collection drew a record 1,476 attendees and increased the museum’s revenue threefold, the Los Angeles Times reported.
For the whole story, check out the article at the Los Angeles Times.
[Via] Los Angeles Times: Cheech Marin teams up with city of Riverside and Riverside Art Museum to develop Chicano art center