Cheech Marin, the entertainer who is well known for his work in movies and television, has been acquiring art for more than 20 years, and he has amassed one of the most renowned collections of Chicano/a art in private hands. Staniar Gallery will feature a selection of small paintings from his collection in the exhibition "Chicanitas" which will be on view April 22 through May 24.
Marin will be talking about his collection in a public lecture being held in conjunction with the exhibition. The talk will be held in Wilson Hall's Concert Hall at 5:30pm on Monday, April 22.
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/a 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.