An idol for generations of comedians, actors, and cannabis enthusiasts, Cheech Marin is truly a man who needs no introduction, but some may be unaware that beyond his personal artistic pursuits he has long been a formidable collector of Chicano art: he reportedly owns some 700 pieces. In 2017 the city of Riverside, east of Los Angeles, announced that it was drawing up preliminary plans to open a Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, and Industry to showcase his collection. “The intimates call it The Cheech,” he told the Los Angeles Times, with a joking nod to Eli and Edythe L. Broad’s art venue.
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