Miguel Covarrubias’ African Diaspora Art on display at CAAM

Repeating Islands

For people that cannot afford to travel to another country anytime soon, visiting “The African Diaspora in the Art of Miguel Covarrubias Driven By Color, Shaped By Culture'” exhibit at the California African American Museum (CAAM) is the next best thing. With five sections divided by geographic region from the Caribbean to Mexico, the retrospective has an international feel and hums with vibrancy from each culture, Tricia Tongco reports.
The African diaspora is defined as the movement of Africans and their descendants throughout the world. This exhibit strives to highlight the links and commonalities of African descent around the world through the artist’s work, although some geographic regions are better represented than others.
The Harlem Renaissance gallery had the most layers with jazz music wafting from a speaker hung above, and the breadth of the portraits there are the most fascinating. With titles like “Harlem Dandy,” Harlem Beauty” and “Harlem…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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