@ the Cheech Center

On view June 17 – October 1, 2023

Origenes/Origins features the work of seven Chicana/o and Mexican American artists who leverage their personal histories as inspiration in their artistic creation. Their work reflects the culture and memory that has endured and shaped this complex region, Southern California. Origenes/Origins is the place where one begins or comes from. Though these artists share similar origenes, the different styles of art presented in this exhibition demonstrate the diversity and individuality of their perspectives.

Curated by Cosmé Cordova, Origenes/Origins artists are Man One, Andrew J. Castillo, Carlos Beltran Arechiga, Richie Velazquez, Martin Sanchez, Denise Silva, and Jacqueline Valenzuela. The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 17, 2023 in the Altura Credit Union Community Gallery at The Cheech where it will on view through Sunday, October 1, 2023.


THE ALTURA CREDIT UNION COMMUNITY GALLERY is an important part of the curatorial program at The Cheech as it is one of the first spaces experienced by visitors upon walking into the center. Its goal is to uplift the narratives and support the cultural production of creatives at all levels in our region. The Cheech established the gallery and named it after Altura Credit Union as part of their joint commitment to exhibiting work from artists and curators who work and/or reside in the Inland Empire and ensuring the stories of the region are shared with museum visitors. Like Riverside Art Museum, Altura Credit Union has served Riverside County for over 60 years and is committed to enriching the community through the arts, culture and education.

Image: “Hooked” by Andrew J. Castillo, 2023