The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Presents “Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line”, 9/26
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition of the artwork created by Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias that reveals his influential role in a global network of modernists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, during the 1920s and 1930s. He is best known for his lively caricatures of famous figures published in stylish New York magazines. However, the primary purpose of this exhibition, organized by the O'Keeffe Museum and appearing exclusively in Santa Fe, is to define the breadth and significance of Covarrubias's contribution to the history of modern art. The show will run from September 26, 2014 through January 18, 2015.
Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) was deeply influenced by his life-long practice of moving between modern cities and remote sites of ancient and traditional arts. He began a friendship with Georgia O'Keeffe in 1929, when both artists were guests at the Taos home of Mabel Dodge Luhan. Though O'Keeffe was a generation older than Covarrubias, they shared many professional as well as social experiences. Both were part of an international, intergenerational cluster of artists in New York, a group that formed the cornerstone of the emergent modernist aesthetic. Thus, their relationship is an enormously productive place to analyze the significance of the avant-garde circles of modernism, where their careers flourished as well as their friendship.
Traveling widely during the 1920s and 1930s, Covarrubias moved between Mexico, New York, Europe, Africa, and Bali, and later returned to Mexico during the 1940s to research and write about Tehuantepec. The exhibition presents artwork that links Covarrubias's commercial art, scholarly publications, and studio practice as well as his friendships with Diego Rivera, Edward Weston, and Georgia O'Keeffe, among others to demonstrate the cosmopolitan modernism of his life and work.