Tuesday, August 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES: The African Diaspora In the Art of Miguel Covarrubias / California African American Museum / September 1, 2011 - February 26, 2012

Miguel Covarrubias, Black Woman with Blue Dress, circa 1926. Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

The African Diaspora In The Art of Miguel Covarrubias: Driven By Color, Shaped By Cultures
September 1, 2011 - February 26, 2012
600 State Drive - Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 

This CAAM organized exhibition thoroughly explores the representations of people of African descent in the work of Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904 - 1957). Covarrubias moved to New York City at 19 and became friends with the intellectual elite of the Harlem Renaissance. His drawings and caricatures were featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue and Fortune magazines. In 1927 he illustrated Negro Drawings, which presented a more dignified image of African Americans to mainstream America. In the following years, Covarrubias also depicted Afro-Mexicans, Afro-Cubans and West and North Africans. This exhibition places his art within a historical context and analyzes his works as part of his broader representation of people of color. It is particularly noteworthy that many of the works borrowed for this exhibition have never been shown in the US.

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