• El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • Maquinolandera

    “Maquinolandera”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Medium Monitors, cloth matresses
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
  • Maquinolandera

    “Maquinolandera”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Medium Monitors, cloth matresses
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
  • Maquinolandera

    “Maquinolandera”

    Date 1998
    Dimensions Variables
    Category Installation
    Medium Monitors, cloth matresses
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 2000
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín

    “El sótano y el jardín *”

    Date 2000
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The basement and the garden
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • Maquinolandera
  • Maquinolandera
  • Maquinolandera
  • El sótano y el jardín
  • El sótano y el jardín

Dhara Rivera

Vega Alta, PR, 1952

Biography Details

Sculptor, installation artist, draftswoman, ceramicist. Rivera earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1971. In 1979 she took courses in sculpture and drawing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and in 1981 pursued independent studies at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She obtained her master’s degree in sculpture at Hunter College in NYC in 1983. Since 1977 she has taken part in a number of group and solo shows, and she received the Casa Candina Prize (with Carlos Collazo and Adriana Mangual) at the First Biennial of Contemporary Puerto Rican Ceramics in 1988. In 2000 she received a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has represented Puerto Rico in events such as the Havana Biennial (2000) and in such art fairs as ARCO in Spain (1997). Her most recent work has explored the dichotomy between exterior and interior spaces, freedoms and boundaries, and the ambiguities between reality and imagination. In pursuing her artistic aims she skillfully combines elements to produce hybrids that point to multiple simultaneous references.

Artist Statement

The look, rather than form or topic, is what drives my work. A certain look: the one that stops at what is the boundary, the edge, that place or moment always elusive and uncertain. That precise point where one thing turns into its opposite, or simply into another thing. They always go together, fascination with the challenge of capturing the unattainable, by capturing a possible stable order, and the acknowledgement of the futility of the effort. Hence the underlying tension to the work.

Cosimo, from the Baron in the trees by Calvino, is my favorite representation of that evanescent point of view: fled to the trees for ever but with his social conventions in display. It is not, says Cosimo, what makes the novel. It is his in between status, self-imposed and invented, what matters, and what he questions. It is proposal and inquiry on itself.

I agree with his platform.

Therefore, my work, in particular, develops through the juxtaposition of dissimilar materials, in the creation of hybrid forms or in the construction of dialogic spaces receptive to game and the unexpected-controlled. In short, in everything where you can introduce the pursuit of the 'Fulcrum' phantom, of that imagined and impertinent middle.

Dhara Rivera, 2007

Formation

Education

2001-2002

  • Doctorate, Public Space and Urban Regeneration: Art and Society. First year of doctoral credits, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2002

  • Degree of Landscape Architecture. Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

1983

  • Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture major. Hunter College, New York, United States

1980

  • Independent Studies Program for Young Artists. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in Sculpture and Drawing. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States

1973

  • Bachelor of  Humanities. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico         

Professional Experience

2004

  • Senior Citizens Art Instructor. Vida Plena, Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico

1995 - 1999

  • Professor of Ceramics, Sculpture and Design. Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1986-1988 

  • Professor of Ceramics, Sculpture and Design. Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1981 -1983

  • Resident Artist. In charge of developing an Art Program, PS 50 Elementary School, Studio in a School Program, Brooklyn, New York, United States

1980-1981

  • Cultural Workshops Instructor for bilingual schools. Natural History Museum, Caribbean Division, New York, United States

1974-1975

  • Ceramics Instructor. Art Students League, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2013

  • Río y respiro, (Parte I), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2007

  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Galería Petrus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • IOCARE: Juego de juegos, Public Art Project, Escuela L.Muñoz Rivera, Gurabo, Puerto Rico
  • A Flight of Sound, Art for the World, Geneva, Switzerland

2003

  • IOCARE: Juego de juegos, Escuela L. Muñoz Rivera, Cayey, Puerto Rico

2002-2003

  • Áreas de juego, Public Art Project, Parque Laguna del Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

2002

  • IOCARE: Juego de juegos, Public Art Project, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain  

2001

  • ART MIAMI, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States

2000

  • Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba
  • Conflicting Evidence, (La sala de espera), Sculpture Garden,
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Un oasis en el desierto azul, Fundación Miró, Espai 13, Barcelona, Spain

1999 - 2000

  • Exhibición itinerante Más allá de las colonias, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Valencia, Spain

1999-2000

  • El subterráneo y el jardín (del ciclo Un oasis en el desierto azul), Espai 13, Fundación Joan Miró,  Barcelona, Spain

1999

  • FIAC, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Paris, France
  • Museo Fundación Felisa Rincón de Gautier, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • BUCARABU, Parque de juego, San Juan Municipality Public Art Project, Plaza del Indio, Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Exhibición  Espacios en transición, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Inflexiones, Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • ARCO: Feria de Arte Contemporáneo, Luiggi Marrozzini, Gallery, Madrid, Spain
  • Dhara Rivera e Inés Aponte: Dos Propuestas, Sala de Exhibiciones Luis E. Chardón, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Direcciones, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Maletas culturales, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Arqueología del espejo, Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Instalaciones para la casa, Museo Casa Roig, Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • Un Marco por la Tierra, Museo Sofía Imbert, Caracas, Venezuela

1995

  • The Passport Show, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, United States

1994

  • Ex Libris: el libro como propuesta estética, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Rompeforma, Performance, Teatro Julia de Burgos, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Pequeño formato 93, Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • El color de lo urbano, Capitol Building, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Galería Leonora Vega, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Amor y terror de la palabra, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Pequeño formato 92, Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 5 en 3D, Galería Raíces, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1991

  • Colección Casa Candina, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La Caja, Galería de Cerámica Contemporánea, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • Festival Anual del Arte, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Apóstrofe al verde, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • Exhibición Colectiva de Pintura y Escultura, Galería Latinoamericana, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Primer Bienal de Cerámica Contemporánea, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Studio in a School, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, United States
  • Images and Identities, Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, United States

1985

  • The far seeing towers, Hunter Arts Gallery, Hunter College, New York, United States
  • 1982
  • Intercambio, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico / Cayman Gallery, New York, United States
  • Construcciones, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Habitat, Cayman Gallery, New York, United States

1980

  • Sculpture Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, New York, United States

1979

  • Misterios, Galería Moriviví, New York, United States

1978

  • Miniaturas, Galería Manos, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2004

  • Guest Artist. Khoj International Artists Residence, Delhi, India

2000

  • Merit Grant. Joan Mitchell Foundation Grants for the Arts, New York, United States

1998

  • Award for Best Installation, Maquinolandera. Internation Association of Art Critics, Puerto Rico Chapter, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • First Prize. Primera Bienal de Cerámica Contemporánea de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • Distinguished Student Award. DC Horowitz Award, Art Departmentt, Hunter College, New York, United States

1977

  • First Prize in Drawing. Revista Sin Nombre, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1974

  • First Prize in Contemporary Ceramics. Certamen Anual de Arte, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Books

Roulet, Laura. Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad.

 

Catalogues

Espacios en transición, Transición en espacios, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1998.

 

Zayas, Antonio. Puerto Rico 00 (paréntesis en la ciudad), M&M Proyectos, 2001

 

“Amor y Terror de la Palabra: Obra en medios mixtos de Dhara Rivera.” Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico, mayo 22-junio 22 de 1992.

 

“Dhara Rivera: El soterrani i el jardí.” Espai 13, Barcelona, España, 1999-2000.

 

“Inflexiones: Dhara Rivera.” Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, mayo a junio de 1997.

 

“U/Topistas: estudio para proyectos contemporáneos.” Galería M&M art projects, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Newspapers

Alegre Barrios, Mario. “Un espacio vivo.” El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 22 de octubre de 1998.

 

Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “Espacios paves the way for even greater shows.” The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 29 de octubre de 1998, p. 45.

 

Álvarez Lezama, Manuel. “Good installations enlighten, inspire and stimulate.” The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 24 de octubre de 1998, p. 42.

 

“Art to become brief spectacle at the Museo de Arte.” The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 23  de octubre 1998, p. 45.

 

“Bucabarú en el Condado.” El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 2 de enero de 2000, p. 78.

 

De Cuba, Natalia. “Rivera excited over Museo de Arte exhibit.” The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 1998.

 

De Cuba, Natalia. Comienza ‘Espacios en Transición’.”” El Star (San Juan, PR),  octubre de 1998, p. 45.

 

De Cuba, Natalia.”From a rough, unfinished real to art.” The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 1 de octubre de 1998, p. 51.

 

De Cuba, Natalia. “Step in, browse and step out.” The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 23 de octubre de 1998. p. 45.

 

De Cuba, Natalia. “Inusual exhibición en el MAP.” El Star (San Juan, Puertp Rico), 1 de octubre de 1998, p. 51.

 

“El sótano y el jardín.” El Vocero (San Juan, PR), 12 de octubre de 2000, p. E29.

 

Rodríguez, Jorge. “Exposición en el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.” El Mundo (San Juan, PR), 26 de octubre de 1998.

 

Rodríguez, Jorge. “Espacios en Transición.” El Vocero (San Juan, PR), 12 de octubre de 1998, p. E-16.

 

Magazines

Bagarrán, Paco. “Espacios en Transición – Transición en espacio, un proyecto de Michelle Marxuach para el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.” Noticias de Arte/ Art Notes, Inc. (Nueva York, EU), num. 265,1998.