Cheech Marin's Riverside museum of Chicano art officially opens: 'This is a dear dream'
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture that now houses the largest collection of Chicano art in the world is officially open. .
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- The museum that now houses the largest collection of Chicano art in the world officially opened its doors, and in true legendary fashion - the grand opening was done in style.
Comedian and actor Cheech Marin, who gifted his vast collection to the museum which carries his name, rolled into Riverside Saturday afternoon leading a procession of classic low riders.
The 75-year-old welcomed his fans and visitors to the museum known as the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture.
"My heart is swelling at this point, man, this is a dear dream to have a museum dedicated to Chicano art," said Marin to a gleaming crowd. "It came here to the city of Riverside."
The crowd was treated to a ceremonial dance along with a car show.
The more I looked into it the more 🔥 it looks.
Info and ticketing: https://riversideartmuseum.org/visit/the-cheech-marin-center-for-chicano-art-culture/
Location and directions: https://goo.gl/maps/kvC8KCjyA2fYQv949
Saw an interview with him on TV earlier this week about his museum, he looks pretty darn good for his age and some of the art looked really cool, as well.
Riverside is becoming such a cool city! Definitely becoming a nice midway attraction between coastal cities and Palm Springs/Vegas
Visited today - really varied collection. I’m impressed by Cheech Marin’s eclectic and sophisticated taste.
I follow Lalo Alcarez on FB and he was in so much rapture aboutt his, posted all kinds of photos and videos, it was AWESOME. There was one "salute" that involved lowriders driving around the museum, just fantastic stuff.
About time! I hope efforts are being made to document and preserve the community murals as well. Wish this had been around when I taught Chicano students.
I'm excited for the cultural significance of having an important collection of Chicano art in the LA area. I also just love that according to the sign, it's called "The Cheech." Makes me want to go there just so I can say I'm going to the Cheech. It's going to fit right in with the rest of LA's singlename cultural icons.