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Between the Mexican Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance

October 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

100 years after the Harlem Renaissance was born, cartoonist Rafael Barajas “El Fisgón” shares a captivating visual presentation about the legacy of Mexican caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias, whose book Negro Drawings is considered a classic collection of sketches from the vast social movement.

Barajas will dissect the profound cultural turmoil of the early 20th century. For Mexico, this time translated into a complex social revolution, which led to what local historians call the Mexican Renaissance and turned Mexico City into a significant artistic hub. Simultaneously, African American figures such as Langston Hughes and Louis Armstrong transformed the Harlem neighborhood into a black cultural mecca.

This fascinating talk will closely examine how Covarrubias left a significant mark in both movements and will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

RSVP required.
The event will take place in The Joseph Pulitzer World Room in the 3rd Floor located in Pulitzer Hall.

Rafael Barajas “El Fisgón” has written numerous books on Mexican history, caricature, and arts. He has worked as editorial cartoonist for the daily newspaper La Jornada, illustrated over 20 children’s books and curated exhibitions for some of the most renowned museums in Mexico, such as the National Museum of Art. In 2003, he was granted a scholarship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for his book La caricatura política mexicana de combate: 1872-1910 (The Mexican Political Combat Caricature: 1872-1910).

Thank you to the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, the The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York & Aeromexico for their support for this event.



October 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm