Mexican Genius Miguel Covarrubias Brought Together the Cultures of Harlem, Bali and Oaxaca

Multimedia presentation by Gregorio Luke at the Ford Amphitheatre, Sunday, August 16th. Will project his murals, paintings, and cartoons on giant screen. – Presentation will also feature 30 dancers and musicians live on stage

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Gregorio Luke crowns his three-part art lecture series at the Ford Amphitheater with his most ambitious project so far: LIFE SIZE MURALS OF MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS on Sunday, August 16th at 8:00 p.m. Miguel Covarrubias was Mexico’s most versatile artist – a painter, muralist, cartoonist, filmmaker, anthropologist, author, dance promoter, and curator.

In addition to projecting more than 300 of Covarrubias’ murals, paintings and cartoons as well as his short films, the presentation will include artists evoking the cultures that impacted Covarrubias’ work.

Three soloists from Mexico’s leading dance troupe, the TALLER COREOGRAFICO DE LA UNAM – Julius Brewster-Cotton, Claudia Hernandez and Alfredo Garcia – will perform Mexico’s modern dance masterpiece Zapata; the jazz ballet Running Wild; Strange Fruit, set to the Billie Holiday song of the same title; and the danzon, Nereidas.

Marshall Keys will perform jazz and blues classics. Taylour Paige will recreate Josephine Baker’s Banana Dance. Wuri Wimboprasetyo will interpret Balinese dances. Ballet Folclorico Nueva Antequera will perform dances from Oaxaca and the Maqueos Symphonic Band will play Oaxacan waltzes.

Covarrubias was an artist who traveled and united many worlds. His caricatures first brought him fame in New York, and later his paintings and drawings brought him worldwide recognition. He was among the first to paint the world of the Harlem Renaissance, the world of Jazz and Blues. Later, while living in Bali, he would create beautiful images of that culture and continue similarly documenting cultures in China, throughout Latin America, and most spectacularly in Oaxaca and southern Mexico. His pioneering spirit led him to venture into archaeology, anthropology, and even had a hand in initiating the Golden Age of Mexican Dance, becoming its most ardent promoter.

Full price tickets are $30. Students with ID and children 12 and under pay $12 per lecture. For tickets, please visit or Ford Box Office at 323 461-3673 (or 323 GO 1-FORD for non-visual media). MORE INFO, PHOTOS, CONTACT: WWW.GREGORIOLUKE.COM

About Gregorio Luke

Gregorio Luke is an expert on Mexican and Latin American culture. Mr. Luke has given multimedia presentations on the art and culture of Mexico for more than twenty years. He has performed in the Florence Biennale, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress and museums such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Detroit Institute of Art among many others. Mr. Luke has held distinguished positions such as Director of the Museum of Latin American Art, First Secretary of Mexican Embassy in Washington and Cultural attache for Mexico in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the 2008 Local Heroes Award by KCET.