Museum Closings This Week: African Diaspora, L.A. Chicano Art,

Sampling of works on display at the California African American Museum | image via CAAM

See them before they're gone! Here's a list of what museum exhibitions are closing this week.

California African American Museum
Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) moved to New York at age 19 and became acquainted with the greats of the Harlem Renaissance. His portrayal of people of African descent is analyzed in The African Diaspora in the Art of Miguel Covarrubias: Driven by Color, Shaped by Cultures against a historical context and the broader representation of people of color.
Ends February 26, 2012

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The Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Fowler Museum is closing its two exhibitions about the History of Chicano Art in Los Angeles. Icons of the Invisible presents rarely seen photographs from 1969-1980 that guided photographer Oscar Castillo's documentarian work of the Chicano community in Los Angeles.

The congruent exhibit, Mapping Another L.A. traces the history of how Chicano artists navigated and imagined the social spaces of Los Angeles, beginning with the first Chicano art museum established in East L.A. in 1969.
Ends February 26, 2012

MOCA Grand Avenue
1950s Hollywood stars, strippers, costume shops, and naked mannequins...business as usual for the tabloid photographer known as Weegee. Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles is the first exhibit dedicated exclusively to his work.
Ends February 27, 2012

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I am delighted to see that the California African American Museum presented an artist from the afro-latino diaspora. Too often, the cultural contributions by Afro-Latinos is ignored, even though more than 10.5 millions of Africans were taken to the Caribbean and Latin America as slaves leaving an indelible mark on the cultural traditions of the entire continent. I personally love to be exposed to the Afro-Latino experience. I recently saw two DVDs that I really enjoyed watching. One focuses on the Afro-Cuban experience - "Afro-Cuba: Yesterday and Today" - and the other looks at the African influcence on the musical traditions of Peru and Colombia "Afro-Latino Music." Both are fantastic and can be found at http://www.AfricanDiasporaDVD.com