actor and art collector Cheech Marin returns to UW for exhibition opening | News

September 8, 2017

Actor and art collector Cheech Marin will open his exhibit and present a free public lecture later this month at the University of Wyoming. (Photo by Allen Amato)

Renowned artist Cheech Marin, who has gained further fame as a collector of Chicano art, returns to the University of Wyoming with a new exhibition, “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection,” which is held at the University of Wyoming. ‘will open on Saturday, September 7. 23, at the UW Museum of Art.

Marin, who visited UW in 2013, will also present two free public programs in conjunction with his latest exhibition:

– Thursday September 21, 7 p.m. – Artistic conference with Cheech Marin, “THE ART OF CHICANO: Perspectives of an art defender”, followed by a signing session in the auditorium of the UW College of Education.

– Friday, September 22, 10:30 a.m. – Gallery tour in the UW Art Museum.

“Papel Chicano Dos” will be on display until Saturday, December 16.

Marin, who is best known for his work in film, television, and improv comedy, has been acquiring art for over 25 years and has arguably amassed the most renowned collection of Chicano art in his hands. private. He actively promoted Chicano art as a genre of American art, raising its recognition by major museums across the country.

“Cheech’s contributions to the recognition of Chicano art as an American art form are exemplary,” says Susan Moldenhauer, director and chief curator of the UW Art Museum. “We are honored and excited to bring this second exhibit of Cheech’s collection to the University of Wyoming and have him discuss this important work in several public forums.”

“Papel Chicano Dos” features 65 works of art by 24 established and early career Chicano / Chicano artists whose work explores the Chicano experience through a myriad of techniques, from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media.

The artists presented are Carlos Almaraz, Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez, Pablo Andres Cristi, Carlos Donjuán, Gaspar Enríquez, Sonya Fe, Emmanuel Galvez, Margaret García, Roberto Gil de Montes, CiCi Segura González, Raúl Guerrero, Roberto Gutiérrez, Adán Hernández, Benito Huerta, Leo Limón, Gilbert “Magu” Luján, Cesar A. Martínez, Glugio “Gronk” Nicondra, Wenceslao Quiroz, Frank Romero, Sonia Romero, Ricardo Ruiz, John Valadez and Vincent Valdez.

painting of a glowing figure in a blue dress surrounded by people

“Si La Virgen est retour” by Pablo Andrés Cristi is part of the works of “Papel Chicano Dos: works on paper from the Cheech Marin collection” which will open its doors on Saturday 23 September at the UW Art Museum. (Collection Cheech Marin and the artist)

Dating from the late 1980s to the present, ‘Papel Chicano Dos’ works offer iconic imagery with influences ranging from pre-Hispanic symbols and post-revolutionary Mexican nationalist motifs to the 1960s Chicano movement and contemporary urban culture. . The visual arts were an integral part of the Chicano movement and continue to be a powerful tool for the Mexican-American and Chicano communities to express the issues that affect them today.

The works in the exhibition emphasize activism, highlighting how Chicano artists provide access to the arts by creating posters, flyers, printed statements and newsletters with elaborate aesthetic compositions and designs. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Chicano artists were creating iconic images that transcended their militant function and defined the iconography of a movement.

Marin’s exhibition and tour are sponsored by TRONOX; Wireless union; Edelweiss Fund; an anonymous donor; the National Advisory Board of the UW Art Museum Endowment; Gala Fund of the Art Museum; the Wyoming public media; the Wyoming Arts Council, through the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Wyoming State Legislature.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622, visit the website at or follow the museum on Facebook.

Through its ‘Museum as a Classroom’ approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. from February to April and September to November. Free entry.

For more information on Marin’s art collection, visit

Norma D. Ross