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See 'A Peek into Chicano Art'

Oct 25, 2016 11:57AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
"A Peek into Chicano Art" - colorful, lively, and dramatic works by Chicano artists from the private collection of actor Cheech Marin - will be featured at the Manhattan Beach Art Center beginning this week.

The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception at the art center on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a program beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The exhibit, produced by TIME4ART and its chairman of the board Homeira Goldstein, will feature the works of Chaz Bojorquez, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Gronk, Jacinto Guevara, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Adan Hernandez, Frank Romero, Alex Rubio, Vinvent Valdez, Andy Villarrea, George Yepes, Jaime "Germs" Zacarios.

"We are delighted to celebrate the importance of Chicano art and the Chicano movement a year ahead of Getty's regional exploration of Latin America and Latino art through its initiative in 2017," said Goldstein. "Our goal is to embrace Chicano art in its rightful place - as American art."

Marin, an actor, director, and comedian who is best known as half of the comedy duo "Cheech and Chong," has been a prolific collector of and advocate for Chicano art. "Partnering with Homeira Goldstein and TIME4ART to further the recognition, awareness, emergence, and pride of Chicano art throughout the U.S. is important to our past and the future of our identity, culture, and lives," he said in a statement.

According to TIME4ART, Chicano civil rights movement called El Movimiento was formed in the 1960s, forwarding efforts for cultural recognition and national consciousness on issues including the socio-politico status, culture, and history of Mexican-American communities, and on equal opportunities for members of those communities. El Movimiento connected visual artists, poets, musicians, and dancers to political issues at hand.

The artists in the show reflect both a diversity in materials and subject matter, from individuals in the community, to political themes, to pure aesthetics and landscape. While the content and style of the murals and art forms are extremely varied, one recurring theme is the reclamation of a lost indigenous past.

The exhibit will be open on Wednesdays through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m., through December 31.

TIME4ART is a Manhattan Beach-based art education non-profit that is supported by the Manhattan Beach Cultural Arts Division. The exhibit marks TIME4ART's 26th anniversary and 32nd exhibition featuring established and emerging contemporary fine and numerous other art programs.

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