Historiador de arte y diseñador industrial, Jorge F. Rivas Pérez (Caracas, 1964) es Frederick & Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art en el Denver Art Museum (DAM), desde febrero de 2016.
Ex-curador de arte colonial español en la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (Nueva York) y ex-curador asociado de Arte Latinoamericano en el LACMA (Los Ángeles).
Obtuvo su licenciatura en arquitectura en la Universidad Central de Venezuela, su especialización en diseño industrial en la Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, y su Maestría en Filosofía en el Bard Graduate Center, en donde está llevando a cabo su Ph.D.
Ha escrito ampliamente y ha sido curador de numerosas exposiciones de arte colonial español y de diseño latinoamericano del siglo XX. Entre sus exposiciones de diseño recientes se encuentran Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978 (2015), y Cornelis Zitman: 1947-1957 la década del diseño (2011).
Since february 2016, Jorge Rivas...Pérez is the new Frederick & Jan Mayer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art at The Denver Art Museum (DAM).
As a Venezuelan native, Rivas cultivated extensive experience during his 14 years as the curator of Spanish Colonial art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC). Based in New York City and Caracas, Venezuela, the collection ranges from Spanish Colonial to contemporary art. While at CPPC, Rivas organized numerous exhibitions including a presentation of small-format colonial paintings that toured four cities in Venezuela from 2002 to 2006 titled Devoción Privada (Private Devotion). He also contributed to publications, conducted provenance research and facilitated loans and acquisitions, including the long-term loan of 25 colonial objects from the collection to the Los Angeles County of Museum of Art (LACMA).
“Jorge is a respected scholar in the field of Spanish Colonial art, and we are delighted to bring his expertise to our museum,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the DAM. “His fluency in this historic material made him a very attractive candidate for our community, while his expertise in more contemporary work of Central and South American art creates additional opportunities for this department.”
Most recently, Rivas has worked as an independent curator in New York City and as the associate curator of Latin American Art at LACMA. In 2015, he was the guest curator of The Americas Society’s exhibition Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978, which aimed to reposition modern Latin American design within a larger global context. Since 2006, Rivas has also been a consultant and contributor to international art exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others. In addition to curating, Rivas has lectured extensively in both English and Spanish on Latin American art and material culture throughout the Americas, including three times at the DAM.
“Denver is vibrant multicultural city, home to a growing Latino community, and nationally recognized as a cultural center for its many museums, chief among them the Denver Art Museum,” said Rivas. “The DAM’s Spanish Colonial collection is one of the most remarkable in the world. We have an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Latin American artistic legacies within today’s global art scene. Thanks to the generosity of Frederick and Jan Mayer, the Denver Art Museum is exceptionally positioned to open new avenues of cross-cultural and cross-temporal dialogues through exhibitions, education programs, scholarly research and publications.”
Rivas’ expertise includes Latin American art, modern and contemporary art as well as architecture and design. He has a master’s degree in industrial design from the University of Florence in Italy and a professional degree in architecture from the Central University in Caracas, Venezuela. Rivas also earned a master’s of philosophy in art history from The Bard Graduate Center in New York City and is currently pursuing his Ph.D.