Cheech Marin’s Personal Chicano Art Collection on Exhibit at Indiana State Museum

Presented by Target Stores and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company, Chicano, an unprecedented art exhibit, will open to the public at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Ind., on Jan. 31, 2004. Chicano is a five-year, 15-city national tour that is collectively made up of Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, a traditional art exhibit, and Chicano Now: American Expressions, an interactive multimedia exhibit for families. Chicano first opened in November 2001 at the San Antonio Museum of Art and is currently on view at the El Paso Museum of Art and Insights-El Paso Science Museum in El Paso, Texas. Chicano will remain on exhibit at the Indiana State Museum through May 5, 2004.

“We’re proud to be the first museum in the Midwest to host the Chicano exhibit,” said Susan Williams, Indiana State Museum director. “Thanks to partners like Target, our visitors can experience this magnificent Chicano art, culture and history.”

Chicano presents the diverse heritage of Chicano culture - a political and social statement among many people of Mexican descent. “We’re bringing our interpretation of the Chicano experience to the American public,” says Marin. “I want all Americans to understand that Chicano culture plays a big part in the patchwork quilt that is Americana. The contributions of Chicanos have been so enormous, but they tend to be overlooked.”  

The Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St. in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, is the state’s gathering place - inviting exploration, discovery and an ever-changing, family friendly experience. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.