Day Dreaming / Soñando despierta, from the portfolio Manifestaciones: Expressions of Dominicanidad in Nueva York

Scherezade García, American (born Dominican Republic), born 1966
Dominican York Proyecto Grafica



Archival inkjet and serigraph on wove paper


Plate: 6 15/16 × 9 in. (17.7 × 22.9 cm)

Sheet: 11 5/16 × 15 1/16 in. (28.7 × 38.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund

© Scherezade García



Alex Guerrero | Pepe Coronado | Scherezade García


Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

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Research Area


Not on view


Signed, dated, and inscribed, in graphite, lower margin left to right: 15/25 Day Dreaming/Soñando Despierta, SCHEREZADE 10


Scherezade García’s print depicts a dreaming female figure at the bottom of image, projecting Dominican island motifs onto the concrete and industrialized spaces of Manhattan. Planting the plantain branch into iconic Central Park, Garcia claims New York City as an “outer borough” of the Dominican Republic (DR). This spectral figure also marks the reconfiguration of DR racial identity, where Dominicans are considered non-Black in neighboring Haiti, but upon entering the US are wedged into the Black/White binary.

Unlike García’s aerial view, the foundational image within Alex Guerrero’s Vista Psicotrópica is a New York cityscape, a black-and-white photograph taken from the artists apartment. In this imaginative depiction of Dominican York living, Guerrero superimposes a small blue house surrounded by tall sprouting grasses, accompanied by a raincloud. Although the image is playful, Guerrero’s image of the humility of a Caribbean home disrupts the iconic skyline and subverts the rigidity of New York’s architecture.

These prints were produced through the inaugural project of the Dominican York Proyecto GRÁFICA (DYPG) a project focused on expressions of dominicanidad and the lived experience of diaspora in New York.

From the 2022 exhibition This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, curated by Jami C. Powell, Curator of Indigenous Art; Barbara J. MacAdam, former Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art; Thomas H. Price, former Curatorial Assistant; Morgan E. Freeman, former DAMLI Native American Art Fellow; and Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

ARTH 48.06, LACS 32, Borderlands Art and Theory, Tatiana Reinoza, Spring 2019

Exhibition History

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–April 11, 2022.


Coronado Print Studio, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2019.

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