Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo Cheech and Chong (now back on tour), Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. An actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, and humanitarian, Cheech has enough talent, humor, and intelligence to do just about anything. He is truly a multi-generational star. To this day, Cheech and Chong films remain the number one weekend video rental and Cheech is widely acknowledged as a cultural icon. The Cheech Marin Center will showcase Marin’s best-in-the-world collection of Chicano art gifted to the Riverside Art Museum (RAM). The Cheech is a public-private partnership between Marin, the City of Riverside, and RAM, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
A new art space in a mid-century setting, it will be, as Cheech says, the “center of Chicano art, not only painting, but sculpture, photography, and video arts.” Opening in 2020, The Cheech explores Chicano culture from the barrio to the Bay, cholos to Cesar Chavez, pre-Columbian to modern murals.
The center will be housed next door to the historic Mission Inn in a 61,420-square-foot facility, which was originally opened to the public as the Riverside Public Library in 1964. The Cheech is a perfect adaptive reuse of this mid-century building and the historic and vintage aspects will be preserved in its transformation from a library to a museum and cultural center.
- 15,000 square feet of permanent exhibition space for The Cheech collection
- A museum store
- A museum eatery
- 8,000 square feet of temporary exhibition space
- Additional spaces for programs, lectures, and multi-media projects
- Riverside Art Museum Administrative Offices
- An Academic Resource Center
- 6,000 square feet for our educational initiatives, quadrupling RAM’s current area
- 8,000 square feet of expanded and improved collection storage