On Sunday August 21st I was finally able to visit The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture.
Walking in, the first piece we see is a striking lenticular piece by the De La Torre Brothers.
This was created by Einar and Jamex de la Torre, is based on the Aztec earth goddess Coatlicue and stretches 26 feet from the ground floor to the second-level balcony.
Moving through the lower level of the center we see lots of color, oil paintings, mixed media pieces and sculptures.
Upstairs we have installations and lenticular pieces that will leave you feeling like you’re part of the artwork.
Overall as a Latina walking through the center it was a feeling of familiarity. Seeing stories on the wall that I relate to. Seeing pieces that depict scenarios that we’ve lived or spoken about within our community.
It is important for Latina/o artist to have a space such as The Cheech or Moola. It gives artist the space to be genuine and unapologetically true to themselves.
If you’d like to go visit The Cheech, visit https://riversideartmuseum.org/visit/the-cheech-marin-center-for-chicano-art-culture/