Museum PR Announcements News and Information

Snite Museum of Art Announces Chicanitas Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

The Snite Museum of Art presents Chicanitas, Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection. On view September 4-November 13, 2011.

This exhibition showcases 65 paintings by 26 painters represented in Cheech Marin’s noted collection of Chicano art. Marin’s most recent passion is collecting small paintings at least 16″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; or peppered with mystery and a bit of humor as in Ricardo Ruiz’s four portraits based on family members; or making a statement about the double standards imposed on Mexican women as Ana Teresa Fernández does in To Press I and To Press II; or John Valadez’s underwater figure studies painted on ceramic tiles, each artist draws on his or her own upbringing, cultural heritage, education and life experiences for inspiration.

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

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *