On Sep. 21, entertainer and art collector Cheech Marin spoke of painting techniques, his world travels, and his love of Chicano culture to a crowd in an auditorium at the UW College of Education.
Over the years, Marin has amassed a vast collection of Chicano art, a selection of which is now on display at the UW Art Museum.
Perhaps best known for his role in the Cheech & Chong series of stoner comedy movies from the 1970s and ’80s, Marin exhibited a deep knowledge of the styles and techniques of Mexican-American, also known as Chicano, artists whose works he has promoted worldwide.
A contingent of students from the UW chapter of MEChA — a group dedicated to promoting Chicano values on university campuses — sat right up front. The UW chapter has recently been calling for stronger action on campus in support of DACA recipients. After Marin’s speech, a MEChA member called out in Spanish for the entertainer to take a photo with the group. He did so gladly.
“Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Cheech Marin Collection,” will be on display at the UW Art Museum until Dec. 16.