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Installation view of “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper | From the Collection of Cheech Marin” exhibition at RAM, February 2–May 7, 2017 (courtesy Riverside Art Museum)

Slated to open next year, the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry of the Riverside Art Museum — or “The Cheech” for short — will explore the breadth of Chicano culture, from pre-Columbian era works to contemporary art, built around the actor’s collection. Featuring over 700 works by artists including Carlos Almaraz, Chaz Bojórquez, Gronk, Frank Romero, Patssi Valdez, Jaime “Germs” Zacarias, and many more, it is considered one of the nation’s finest collections of Chicano art.

In anticipation of the Cheech’s opening, the Riverside Art Museum will host Community Chicano Studies, a series of three workshops beginning this week. Led by Dr. Irene Sanchez, a Chicana educator, poet, and writer, each event will combine a Chicano history lesson with a participatory activity. This Thursday’s talk, titled “Understanding the Ancestors,” will focus on the impact of the Indigenous past on Chicano culture, and will be followed by a hands-on mural project incorporating Indigenous influences. Upcoming sessions will explore the “fantasy heritage” of the Southwest and the Chicano Rights Movement of the 1960s.

When: Begins Thursday, March 14, 5:30–7pm (1-day workshop: $20; All three workshops: $50)
Where: Riverside Art Museum (3425 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, California)

More info at Riverside Art Museum.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.