Culinary Arts and Culture Come Alive
One of the most important aspects of The Mexican Museum’s ever-growing permanent collection is the Rosa and Miguel Covarrubias Collection. Gifted to the Museum by Adriana and Tom Williams, long-time Museum supporters and patrons, the collection is comprised of over 2,500 objects including paintings, works on paper, ceramics, photographs and folk art. This exhibition highlights one very important aspect of the collection: Rosa Covarrubias’ traditional, personal collection of Mexican cooking ware and utensils.
Born in Mexico City in 1904, Miguel Covarrubias immigrated to New York City at the age of 19. An established artist, he quickly made a name for himself in the U.S. doing illustrations for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. He met Rosa Rolanda, a Broadway dancer, in 1924 and they married in 1930. The couple traveled the world, spending significant amounts of time in Europe, Cuba, Bali, China, and New York. They finally settled in Mexico where they mingled with numerous leading artists and intellectuals of the time, including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Dolores del Rio, Antonio Ruiz, Roberto Montenegro, and Carlos Chavez.