Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Radio Talent by Miguel Covarrubias, 1938.
Original illustration for Fortune, May 1938.
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Courtesy of the Miguel Covarrubias estate.

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista

Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957) was one of the foremost Mexican artists of the twentieth century. A quintessential humanist, he made important contributions in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, theater, and dance.

The breadth of his intellectual interests inspired him to explore cultures as varied as the brilliant hues of his art. He became an expert in indigenous Mexican art and culture and an important figure in the preservation of ancient sites and artifacts. After capturing the creative energy of the Harlem Renaissance, he documented a vanishing way of life on the Indonesian island of Bali. In the pages of Vanity Fair and other popular American magazines of the Jazz Age, Covarrubias took the measure of the era's statesmen, celebrities, and rogues.

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista focuses on the sophisticated caricatures that made Covarrubias famous. His caricatures provide a unique window into the cultural and political milieu of the 1920s and 1930s.

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista is an exhibition created in cooperation with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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