Exhibitions

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista

Radio Talent, by Miguel Covarrubias, 1938.

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.

Exhibition

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.

Exhibition Format

Wall-hanging 
LanguagesEnglish and Spanish
Content42 framed facsimile panels
5 framed text panels
Space Requirements160 linear feet of wall space
Shipping weight and dimensionsTravels in 3 wooden crates:
  • 32” x 20” x 19” - 74 lbs.
  • 42” x 29” x 25” - 157 lbs.
  • 41” x 34” x 25” - 193 lbs.
Rental Fee*$750*
Rental Period6 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 10 posters of Radio Talent by Miguel Covarrubias
  • 10 posters of Lightning Conductors by Miguel Covarrubias
  • 30 illustrated booklets each with 3 commissioned essays:
    • "Miguel Covarrubias and Celebrity Caricature," by Wendy Wick Reaves, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
    • "Miguel Covarrubias: Art, Culture, and National Identity," by Margaret A. Lindauer, Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University
    • "From Harlem to Hurston: Miguel Covarrubias's Images of African Americans,: by Martha Jane Nadell, Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Publicity Materials

Press release

Miguel Covarrubias press release

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email
exhibitions@humanitiestexas.org

2014–2015 Bookings to Date
 

Austin—Bergstrom International Airport
08/07/2014–11/18/2014

Del Rio Council for the Arts
12/29/2014–02/07/2015

On Display

Lightning Conductors, by Miguel Covarrubias, 1937. Original illustration published in Vogue, November 15, 1937. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Courtesy of the Miguel Covarrubias estate.
Helen Wills (1905–1998), by Miguel Covarrubias, 1932. Original illustration published on the cover of Vanity Fair, August 1932. Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. Courtesy of the Miguel Covarrubias estate.