Tactile Optics: Prints from the Cheech Marin Chicano Collection

In 2009 the Program in Latina/o Studies in the Global South (LSGS) at Duke University was one of a selected number of institutions that received a portfolio of 26 giclée re-prints of paintings from actor Cheech Marin’s The Chicano Collection. Marin’s goal of bringing visibility to the rich and diverse Chicano school of American painting was realized at Duke as prints were hung in various offices, classrooms, and hallways throughout campus. This exhibit marked the first time the prints were presented in a collected format on Duke's campus.

The panel featured scholars Claire Fox, author of _Making Art Panamerican: Cultural Policy and the Cold War_ (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and Professor in the Departments of English and Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa; E. Carmen Ramos, curator for Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and Dr. China Medel, LSGS Program Media Coordinator and curator of the “Tactile Optics” exhibit. Pedro Lasch, Associate Research Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke, moderated the exchange of ideas, placing Chicana/o and Latina/o art in a hemispheric framework. The panel took place on 15 January 2015 at Duke's Fredric Jameson Gallery.