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Museum To Exhibit Mexican Art, Culture

May 31, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett

radiocovarrubiusThe Sam Houston Memorial Museum will present “Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista,” an exhibition created in cooperation with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin and Humanities Texas, June 7 until July 31 in the Katy and E. Don Walker Sr. Education Center Exhibit Gallery.

Covarrubias was one of the foremost Mexican artists of the 20th 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 displayed in his art,” said museum marketing coordinator Megan Buro. “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. 

The exhibition focuses on the sophisticated caricatures that made Covarrubias famous, providing a unique window into the cultural and political milieu of the 1920s and 30s.

The museum and Walker Education Center are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions, and documentary films.

For more information, visit Humanities Texas online at

For more information about museum viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact Buro at 936.294.3839.

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