Friday, July 28, 2017

Collector: Cheech Marin, searching for a ‘Chicano Rockwell’

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Show Us Your Walls
By Michael Walker
The actor and comedian Cheech Marin with “Una Tarde en Meoqui,” by the artist Wayne Alaniz Healy. Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times
LOS ANGELES---Cheech Marin gestures affectionately at a canvas hanging in the kitchen of his hilltop home here in Pacific Palisades. The multi-hyphenate actor, musician, author and founding member of the cannabis-infused Cheech & Chong is loath to cite favorites in his extensive collection of Chicano art but confesses a soft spot for Wayne Alaniz Healy’s Una Tarde en Meoqui” (“One Afternoon in Meoqui”). “That’s Norman Rockwell, where I come from — if Rockwell were a Chicano,” Mr. Marin said. In May, Riverside, the Los Angeles suburb, agreed to convert a former public library into the Cheech Marin Museum of Chicano Art, Culture & Industry, currently in the early stages of fund-raising, which would display works from his collection alongside new paintings and sculpture. [More]
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Cheech Marin stands next to Frank Romero's “Metro Station (Parade of Masks diptych)." Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Times