RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – A home for Cheech Marin’s collection of Chicano art has debuted in Southern California. The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture opened June 18 in Riverside, east of Los Angeles.
Marin rolled up in a blue 1962 Chevy Impala lowrider, hopped out and unlocked the doors for the opening day of what has been nicknamed “The Cheech,” The Press-Enterprise reported.
“We hope that this building and this collection and this participation of the community will be a beacon for everybody else around the country to finally redefine inclusion,” Marin said during a ceremony.
The museum is located in the city’s former main library, adjacent to the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.
The center houses hundreds of paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works from Marin’s collection, which the actor and comedian began building in the 1980s.
The center is a public-private partnership between Marin, the city and the Riverside Art Museum, which will operate it.
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