Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    771781
    TITLE
    Cinco minutos con el chamaco Covarrubias / por Máximo Bretal
    IN
    Revista de revistas : El semanario nacional (México, D. F., México). -- No. 1144 (Abr. 17, 1932)
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Bretal, Máximo. "Cinco minutos con el chamaco Covarrubias." Revista de revistas: El semanario nacional (Mexico City) 22, no.1144 (April 1932): n.p.
Editorial Categories [?]
Synopsis

This “exclusive” interview with Mexican illustrator and painter Miguel Covarrubias took place on the occasion of a trip to Mexico City. During this conversation Covarrubias talked at length about a series of “impossible interviews” which had been published a year earlier in Vanity Fair. Covarrubias also talked in detail about his trips to the isle of Bali (in Indonesia) and his “search for idols” with Roberto Montenegro throughout Western Mexico. The article is illustrated with a caricature of Stalin and Rockefeller, in addition to a drawing of a black dancer.

Annotations

This conversation reveals the beginnings of an artistic and anthropological interest on the part of Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957). His search reveals to him a lost paradise, far from civilization. This somewhat nostalgic notion seemed to be prevalent in his subsequent research, since he was particularly interested in the mythic past and the beliefs of different peoples, as well as in his own survival, which included a resistance to both modernity and progress. In Covarrubias’ conception, autochthonous peoples, whether from Bali or Mexico, condensed this oscillating between a “subverted Eden” and modernity, in short, the vision of “Otherness.”

Researcher
Dafne Cruz Porchini : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional