Unearthing Miguel Covarrubias
WHEN: through November 28, 2010
WHERE: Evergreen Museum & Library, 4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: Free with museum admission and on view as part of the regular guided museum tour.
This show spotlights the life and career of Mexican artist and archaeologist Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957), who took New York by storm as one of the main contributors to Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, traveling in the same circles as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The exhibition focuses on John and Alice Garrett’s 1932–33 commission of Covarrubias to paint a series of panel paintings depicting cities where the former Ambassador had held diplomatic posts, and the patronage relationship that developed through the exchange of sketches and letters.
Four of the panels were painted by the artist at Evergreen, and all eight are still installed today in the mansion’s reading room, which serves as this exhibition’s backdrop. Also on view are other Covarrubias works from the museum’s permanent collection that display the artist’s multifaceted talents.
Unearthing Miguel Covarrubias is organized by Evergreen Museum & Library, with guest curator Grace Doyle, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. The exhibition is supported by the Evergreen House Foundation, and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.