At the Snite Museum: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

Author: Carol C. Bradley

La Envidosa, 2009 Ricardo Ruiz, American, born 1958 acrylic on canvas 8 x 8 inches On loan from the Cheech Marin Collection La Envidosa, 2009

The Snite Museum of Art is pleased to host Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, a traveling exhibit of 65 paintings by 26 painters represented in comedian and film star Marin’s noted collection of Chicano art, from Sunday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 13.

The exhibition showcases 65 paintings by 26 painters represented in Marin’s noted collection of Chicano art. Marin’s most recent passion is collecting small paintings 16 inches square and smaller in size.

In contrast to other works in his collection representing and promoting the Chicano art movement of the mid-60’s and 70’s, the content of many of these small paintings leans more towards the artist’s internal or personal statement rather than as a response to political, social or cultural situations.

The paintings, which range from photo-realism to abstractions to portraits to landscapes, offer a window into the lives of the artists.

Whether showing us a glimpse of their neighborhood as Margaret García does in her expressive paintings of a car wash, hair salon, grocery store and taco shop; or personal interests such as graffiti art, street fashion and underground music that influence the works of Carlos Donjuán, each artist draws on upbringing, cultural heritage, education and life experiences for inspiration.

Pictured: La Envidosa, 2009, by Ricardo Ruiz, American, born 1958; acrylic on canvas 8 × 8 inches

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays and holidays.
Contact:
Snite Museum of Art
Phone: (574) 631-5466
sniteartmuseum.nd.edu