Miguel Covarrubias: Mexican Influence on the Harlem Renaissance

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Young Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias appeared on the New York art scene in the 1920s, and his skill as a portrait artist and celebrity caricaturist quickly made him a favorite of magazines. His work was so vogue, in fact, that he would be published regularly in Vanity Fair beginning early in his New York experience, as well as the New Yorker, and the most vogue publication of them all—if in name only—Vogue.

Curator and radio host Savona Bailey-McClain will talk with gallerist Spencer Throckmorton and Norberto Rivera on the friendships that Miguel Covarrubias developed with such Harlem luminaries as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ethel Waters and WC Handy. Covarrubias was enthralled with the Harlem scenes and created many caricatures of common people or for books and magazine.

Guests will be able to view the exhibition and see not only the works that Covarrubias created in Harlem but his modern studies in Bali. This FREE event will take place on Saturday, February 16th at 3 p.m. The Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery is located at 145 East 57th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10022.

About The West Harlem Art Fund

The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a twenty-one year public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with resident’s uptown and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. 

About Throckmorton Fine Art

Spencer Throckmorton founded Throckmorton Fine Art in 1980 and maintains a high-profile gallery in New York City’s East 57th Street art district that has become one of the foremost sources for important Latin American Contemporary and Vintage Photography as well as Chinese Jade and Asian antiquities, and pre-Columbian art. The gallery participates in internationally acclaimed fairs, including more than 30 years exhibiting at the prestigious Winter Antiques Show in New York; the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) Photography Show each April, and it stages important annual exhibitions in the spring during Asia Week.


Savona Bailey-McClain