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Evening Talk: Cheech Marin

Great Hall
$30 ($24 for members)
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In honor of our exhibition Diego Rivera’s America, we invite you to join us for a lecture in the Great Hall by comedian, actor, musician, and activist Cheech Marin. Joining Mr. Marin on stage is Max Durón, senior editor at ARTnews.

Drawing from the speakers’ career and experiences, we’ll explore the importance of Chicano art; Mr. Marin’s own collection of Chicano art; and connections between contemporary Chicano art, the work of artist Diego Rivera, and the themes of the exhibition. Informative, enlightening, and just plain entertaining, this conversation promises to shed new light on the museum’s collection and Diego Rivera’s America.

Tickets are $30 ($24 for members), reserve your spot online or with Guest Services at (479) 657-2335 today.

About the Speakers

Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo Cheech and Chong (now on tour), Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Cheech is an actor, director, writer, musician, art collector, and humanitarian, a man who 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 rentals, and Cheech is widely acknowledged as a cultural icon. Cheech’s long-awaited memoir entitled Cheech is Not My Real Name…But Don’t Call Me Chong! was released in 2017.

Maximilíano Durón is a queer, Chicanx journalist and critic covering contemporary art. Born and raised on the Eastside of Los Angeles, Durón is currently based in New York. His writing focuses on the work of artists of color, specifically Latinx/Chicanx artists, queer artists, and their intersections. He is a founding member of Critical Minded, which supports critics of color, and is a senior editor at ARTnews, where he manages the magazine’s annual Top 200 Collectors issue.

About Diego Rivera’s America

Co-organized by Crystal Bridges and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA),  Diego Rivera’s America examines a prolific time in the artist’s life through over 130 works, including his drawings, easel paintings, frescoes, and more. Between the early 1920s and the early 1940s, Rivera worked in both Mexico and the United States and found inspiration in the social and cultural life of the two countries. He imagined an America—broadly understood—that shared an Indigenous past and an industrial future, and where cooperation, rather than divisions, were paramount.



Crystal Bridges Lectures & Talks are sponsored by MailCo USA.