Cheech Marin loans art collection to Mulvane Art Museum
Paintings by Yolanda Gonzalez
The Mulvane Art Museum on the Washburn University campus is hosting the show, Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection and will be on display March 27-May 16 in the upper level of the museum. The artwork was collected by Cheech Marin, an actor and comedian who is famous for his character “Cheech” in the comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Marin has been collecting Chicano art for over 20 years, and most of the works date from the 1990’s until 2012. Chicano artwork incorporates post-Mexican Revolution ideologies and current Mexican-American social, political and cultural issues. This show is a show that you could not see on an average day in Topeka, and includes talks by various artists, and even includes a talk with Cheech Marin himself on May 7th.
“I think what it does – and what any really good art does – is it kind of peels back the layers of an individual’s life and an individual’s perspective,” she said. “These artists are exploring things that relate directly to their culture and their communities, so it gives us a sense of what that means and how people live the day to day. So I think it brings it closer and it makes it more accessible and visceral and gives us a kind of new understanding about life and communities and people and bigger issues.”
For more information on the show and museum talks, visit the Mulvane Museum’s website.