Cheech Marin’s Riverside Museum of Art gets its first work of art – a 26-foot-tall piece – Press Enterprise

There are still several weeks until a new museum specializing in Chicano art opens in downtown Riverside, but the center now has its first work of art.

And it’s huge.

When visitors walk through the front door of the Riverside Art Museum’s Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture, named after Cheech Marin of Cheech & Chong, they immediately see a tall, colorful image of an Aztec earth goddess.

“It’s the first thing you see when you walk in here,” said Marin, who was in town on Tuesday, April 26, to view the artwork — which spans 26 feet from the ground floor. floor to second level balcony – has been installed.

The work has many images that move as one walks in front of it. Artist Jamex de la Torre, who created the piece with his brother, Einar de la Torre, said the piece carries an urgent message that technology must be used to halt climate change.

“The message is that we have to save our planet,” said Jamex de la Torre.

  • San Diego artists Jamex de la Torre, left, and his brother Einar de la Torre stand in front of their new 26-foot-tall artwork at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture at the Riverside Art Museum on Tuesday April 26, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cheech Marin's face is visible on the new 26-foot-tall piece...

    The face of Cheech Marin is seen on the new 26-foot-tall piece by artists Einar and Jamex de la Torre at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture at the Riverside Art Museum on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, La Press-Company/SCNG)

  • Cheech Marin, center, stands on scaffolding as he gets...

    Cheech Marin, center, stands on scaffolding as he takes a closer look at the new 26-foot-tall artwork by San Diego brothers Einar, left, and Jamex de la Torre at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture at the Riverside Art Museum on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cheech Marin, center, tours the soon-to-open Cheech Marin Center for...

    Cheech Marin, center, tours the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture at the Riverside Art Museum, soon to open in downtown Riverside, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/ SCNG)

  • Cheech Marin, center, is seen Tuesday, April 26, 2022, with...

    Cheech Marin, center, is seen Tuesday, April 26, 2022, with artists Einar de la Torre, left, and his brother Jamex de la Torre, in front of their new 26-foot-tall artwork at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano art and culture from the Riverside Art Museum. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Cheech Marin, center, stands on scaffolding for a...

    Cheech Marin, center, stands on scaffolding for a closer look at the new 26-foot-tall artwork by San Diego brothers Jamex, left, and Einar de la Torre at the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture of the Riverside Art Museum on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The San Diego artists’ untitled piece, based on an image of the goddess Coatlicue, arrived Tuesday at the museum that once served as the city’s main library.

The goddess is seen rising from the earth, made of textures of flora and fauna, which can be interpreted as a defense of mother nature, a press release said. As guests move past the LED-backlit room, the image of the goddess “transforms into a Transformer-like robot made up of lowrider cars,” the statement said.

With the approach of the opening on June 18 of the museum known as “The Cheech”, tickets are on sale.

Opening day is sold out, but tickets for tours between June 19 and August 31 can be purchased at Riverside Art Museum website.

Admission will cost $15.95 for adults and $10.95 for older residents, educators, students and children 13-17. One ticket gives access to Cheech and the Riverside Art Museum.

The 61,420 square foot center will house hundreds of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures by artists such as Carlos Almaraz, Judithe Hernández, Gilbert “Magú” Luján, Sandy Rodriguez, Frank Romero, Patssi Valdez and the de la Torre brothers. , says a press release.

Starting June 18, the Riverside Art Museum and the new museum will be open Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be longer hours on Thursdays, when both are open until 8 p.m.

The Cheech is at 3581 Mission Inn Ave., while the Riverside Art Museum is at 3425 Mission Inn Ave. Paid street and lot parking is available along Mission Inn Avenue.

Information: riversideartmuseum.org/get-tickets


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Reggie S. Williams