Chicano Art Collectors Anonymous (CACA) raise new questions about private art collection. What about the middle class and/or minority art collector? What about the informal system within which these collectors and artists sustain and nurture Chicano art? East of the River examines the creation of an alternative model outside the system defined by galleries and wealthy collectors. Such an exhibition is unusual, especially to the extent that it calls attention to the process by which so-called minority art is privately collected and publicly exhibited.
This book was published in conjunction with the exhibition East of the River: Chicano Art Collectors Anonymous at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, September 15 - November 18, 2000.