CHEECH: Past/Future Present Symposium

The Cheech

Body, Politics, Justice in Xicanx Art
November 30, 2023   10:45 am – 6:00 pm


Organized by the curators of Xican-a.o.x Body, this symposium explores networks of affectivity, collectivity, and new forms of existence that have expanded the social, cultural, traditional, and political ways of Xicanx life.

We will consider how solidarity and sense of belonging highlight beauty and ingenuity as well as countering and resisting state and gender violence, militarized deportation, structural inequality, marginalization, racism, classism, and stereotyping.

At this symposium, we will discuss how this has led to the systematic erasure of the contribution of Xicanx artists, such as their participation in the history of Pop Art, which encompasses unique expressions that incorporate popular and street culture, the critique of consumer culture, and political critique.


Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Welcome by María Esther Fernández, Artistic Director, The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

“Circles and Nexus: From the Barrio to the Gallery” with moderator and curator Marissa Del Toro and artists Gabriela Muñoz, Gabriela Ruiz and Shizu Saldamando.

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch will be provided

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

“Consumption and Revulsion: Xicano Pop” with moderator and curator Gilbert Vicario, Justin Favela, Alfonso Gonzalez and artist Tamara Santibañez.

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

“Violent Histories/Defiant Futurities through Aesthetic Modes” with moderator and curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and artists Isabel Castro, María Gaspar and Ken Gonzales-Day.

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Catalog Release and Signing of Xican-a.o.x. Body

Space is limited, RSVP here

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum is located at 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA, 92501, on the corner of Mission Inn Ave. and Orange St.