MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO (MCASD) PRESENTS CHICANITAS: SMALL PAINTINGS FROM THE CHEECH MARIN COLLECTION AT MCASD DOWNTOWN ON DECEMBER 19

 
 
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 - 2:46 pm

San Diego, CA—On Thursday, December 19, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will present Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection at its downtown location. The exhibition will remain on view through March 23, 2014.

Originally scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, the exhibition will open early on Thursday with an exclusive book signing featuring Cheech Marin. Marin will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue beginning at 5:30 PM. Catalogues cost $39.99 and will be available for purchase at the front desk of the Museum. Tomorrow is also Free Third Thursday at MCASD, and visitors will receive free admission to the galleries from 5-7 PM.

For interviews with Cheech Marin, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub. High-resolution images of the artworks featured in the exhibition are available upon request. Members of the media are invited to attend the book signing. Please RSVP to lstraub@mcasd.org.

Best known as half the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Marin has been an avid collector of Chicano art for 25 years. During this time he has built a renowned collection and organized exhibitions that have traveled across the United States.

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection presents paintings by Chicano artists, including established figures such as John Valadez, Leo Limón, and Patssi Valdez, as well as younger emerging artists such as Jari “Werc” Álvarez, Ana Teresa Fernández, and Sonia Romero. Each of the works in the exhibition takes the format of approximately 16 inches square or smaller, and depicts subjects of a personal nature—familiar landscapes, notions of cultural heritage, familial relationships, and social community. In Chicanitas, Marin has drawn together a rich variety of works that express the complex texture of the Chicano experience.

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection is organized by the Mesa Contemporary Arts in partnership with Cheech Marin. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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