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The African Diaspora in the Art of Miguel Covarrubias: Driven by Color, Shaped by Cultures

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 USA.

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Exhibition Programs

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 2pm - Spicing the Diaspora (Presentation)
Chef Maite Gomez-Rejon embarks us in a culinary travel from West Africa to Cuba, Mexico and the USA.  RSVP (213) 744-2024.

Saturday, January 7, 2012, 2pm - A Biographer Speaks: Miguel Covarrubias and his Representations of African Americans (Presentation)
Adriana Williams discusses the artist's work in the context of the Harlem Renaissance.  For reservations call 213-744-2024.

Sunday, January 15, 2012, 1-2pm - Dances of the African Diaspora and the Pacific Rim (Performance)
As part of our Target Sunday/week-end-long celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of peace and reconciliation, CAAM presents original live dance performances from the cultures represented in the exhibition.

Sunday, February 5, 2012, 11am-2pm - Trekking the World (Community Art Workshop)
Participants create their own imaginary mosaic globe using toys and other recycled materials.  For reservations call 213-744-2024.