@ the Cheech

From the Collection of Cheech Marin 

Exhibition: February 2 – May 7, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper, from the collection of Cheech Marin, presents 65 artworks by 24 established and early-career artists whose work demonstrates a myriad of techniques from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media.

Featured artists are Carlos AlmarazCharles “Chaz” BojórquezPablo Andres CristiCarlos DonjuánGaspar EnríquezSonya FeEmmanuel GalvezMargaret GarcíaRoberto Gil de MontesCiCi Segura GonzálezRaúl GuerreroRoberto GutiérrezAdán HernándezBenito HuertaLeo LimónGilbert “Magu” LujánCesar A. MartínezGlugio “Gronk” NicondraWenceslao QuirozFrank RomeroSonia RomeroRicardo RuizJohn Valadez, and Vincent Valdez.

Dating from the late 1980s to present day, works in Papel Chicano Dos offer iconic imagery with influences ranging from pre-Hispanic symbols and post-revolutionary nationalistic Mexican motifs to the Chicano movement of the 1960s and contemporary urban culture.

The visual arts were integral to the Chicano movement and continues to be a powerful tool for Mexican-American and Chicano communities to voice the issues that affect them today.

These pieces evince a special focus on activism–highlighting how Chicano artists provide access to the arts by creating posters, flyers, printed statements, and newsletters with elaborate aesthetic compositions and designs.

By the late 1970s and early 1980s, Chicano artists were creating iconic images that transcended their activist function and defined the iconography of a movement.

Stay tuned! We will announce an opportunity to meet Cheech Marin in person at the Riverside Art Museum at a later date. 

Come meet Cheech Marin at the Opening Reception! He will also be available to sign the exhibit catalog.

The exhibit catalog will be available in our Blue Door Museum Store for $25.

Excerpt from CheechMarin.com/bio

Primarily known as an actor, director, and performer, Cheech Marin has developed the finest private collection of Chicano art in the United States. He states, “Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term ‘Chicano’ to the forefront of the art world.” A third‐generation Mexican American, Cheech has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of Latinos, including the 2000 Creative Achievement Award from the Imagen Foundation and the 1999 ALMA Community Service Award from the National Council of La Raza and Kraft Foods. In 2007, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts for his contributions to the creative arts from Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, and received the inaugural Legacy Award for Arts Advocacy from the Smithsonian Latino Center. He serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.


“Look Who’s Talking” lecture series | Cheech Marin

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Premier: $50 ($40 RAM Members) | General: $20

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) proudly presents “Look Who’s Talking” | Cheech Marin, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cheech Marin is back in Riverside to talk about his new memoir, Cheech Is Not My Real Name: …But Don’t Call Me Chong. This ticketed “Look Who’s Talking” fundraising event and book signing is moderated by Susan Straight, novelist, National Book Award finalist andDistinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside.

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets!

Art Education

We have a Saturday Art Workshop for kids ages 6 and up on February 18 called Story Collage, which will feature a tour of Papel Chicano Dos. Students will then explore the influence of family, food, and culture in their lives as they create a collage to represent their stories using newspapers, magazines, paints, oil pastels, and more. Sign up at https://riversideartmuseum.org/education/youth/saturday-classes/saturday-art-workshops/ . Scholarships to take this class may be requested by emailing RAM’s Art Education Director Caryn Marsella at cmarsella@riversideartmuseum.org.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by: