A selection of paintings from the collection of entertainer Cheech Marin will be on view in Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University from April 22 to May 24. This exhibition, Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, showcases 65 paintings by 26 painters represented in Marin's personal collection of Chicano art.
Marin will lecture on the exhibition on Monday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall's Concert Hall at Washington and Lee University. This lecture is free and open to the public.
The Cheech Marin collection is notable for classic examples of Chicano art produced from the inception of the Chicano movement to the present, with a concentration in painting from the 1980s and '90s. Many Chicano artists during this time were political activists, creating posters, graphics and murals in the monumental tradition of Diego Rivera.
Others convey Chicano experience through scenes of daily life in the barrio, expressive portraiture, and surrealist-influenced dreamscapes with a keen psychological edge. Marin has been acquiring art for more than 20 years, amassing arguably the most renowned collection of Chicano art in private hands.
As Chicano 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.
Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection features paintings by both emerging and established artists.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University's Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.