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Cheech Marin to talk about Chicano art at UND

Cheech Marin in 2012. Wikipedia Commons

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Cheech Marin, who gained fame as part of the comedic duo “Cheech and Chong” with Tommy Chong in the ’70s and ’80s, will speak about his extensive collection of Chicano art and his advocacy of minority artists Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Hughes Fine Arts Center at the University of North Dakota.

The free event is set for 5 p.m. in the Campbell Recital Hall.

For the past 30 years, Marin has amassed the largest private collection of Chicano art in the United States. The term “Chicano” refers to people of Mexican-American heritage.

His efforts have led to plans for the development of the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to Chicano art.

Some pieces in Marin’s collection, which includes sculpture, paintings and photography, are or have been exhibited, as loaned objects, at other museums.

During his visit to UND, Marin will observe the work of and meet with graduate and advanced art students.

He will be accompanied by his wife, Natasha, a classical pianist, who will meet with members of UND’s music department.

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