RAM stewards a permanent collection referred to by independent curator, Margaret Matthew Berenson, as “one that provides its audience a sweeping glimpse of the history of art.” Many regional collectors have donated work and they provide insight into what our region valued and collected in the past.
Over the years, Riverside’s Latino community has grown. In an ongoing effort to collect objects relevant to our community, Cheech Marin’s donation on March 29, 2017, of the Chicano Collection, a portfolio of 26 archival-quality prints that depict urban life and the Chicano experience, is significant. Primarily drawn from Marin’s collection, they include reproductions of paintings by Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Patssi Valdez, Leo Limon, and Margaret Garcia.
RAM also previously purchased a Self Help Graphics (SHG) portfolio with funds provided by the Latino Network, strengthening our current collection of SHG works. Additional gifts strengthen our European print collection and bring depth to our early California watercolor collection. We also acquired work by regional emerging artists, like Pavel Acevedo, who is a Riverside-based, Oaxaca-born artists. 50 Gifts for 50 Years celebrates these and other recent art deeded or pledged to the museum in the past few months in celebration of RAM’s 50 Years of Art & Architecture.