‘Caribbean Whispers’ exhibit opens at PCCC

Repeating Islands

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, “Caribbean Whispers,” an exhibition of paintings by Jose Acosta, Willie Baez, Isabell Villacis and Rosario D’Rivera, is on view at Passaic County Community College, as Nicole Mazewski reports.

FAMILY INFLUENCES: D’Rivera, of Ridgefield Park, is an artist and graphic designer. Her Cuban heritage and family’s musical background play a critical role in her art. “My art reflects the Cuban in me. It is very colorful, lively and full of movement,” said D’Rivera. Her brother is the nine-time Grammy Award winner, Paquito D’Rivera, and her father is an orchestra musician.

LOCAL FLAVOR: D’Rivera immigrated to the United States at age 8. When she was in her senior year of high school, her family moved to Union City to be near their Latin culture. “My family fell in love with Union City, it was a Cuban Mecca of sorts.” The 51-year-old artist has refused opportunities to…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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