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Margarita Cabrera

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Monterrey, Mexico

Birth year

Lives in
El Paso, TX

Works in
El Paso, TX

Hunter College, CUNY

Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events

Hailing from Monterrey, Mexico, Margarita Cabrera moved with her family when she was around ten years old to the United States.  This rupture created a cross-cultural perspective in Cabrera, which she has investigated throughout her artistic practice.  Calling herself a "border girl," Cabrera focuses on the political, social and emotional experience of being from two distinct, yet closely entwined cultures.  


2001  MFA, Combined Media, Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY

1997  BFA, Sculpture, Hunter College, New York, NY

          Maryland Institute College of Art, MD



•·         Arbol de la Vida, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

•·         Arbol de la Vida, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY


•·         Margarita Cabrera, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


•·         Desert Dreams, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY 


•·         Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX 


•·         VOCHO, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

•·         Maquila, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX 


•·         appliance: all tools must be kept ready for instant use, Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY                         


•·         Dynamic Peripheries, Plan b Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM 


•·         Cazanovia , Cazanovia College, NY 


•·         RKS, Groningen, Netherlands (two-person show) 



•·         Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement (working title), Curated by Howard Fox, Rita Gonzalez and Chon Noriega, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue).  Traveling

•·         International Artist-in-Residence, New Works 08, curated by Franklin Sirmans, Artpace, ·         San Antonio, TX

•·         Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Curated by Kristine Bowen, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

•·         Sister Cities: Testing Boundaries, Curated by Christian J. Gerstheimer, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX 


•·         Margarita Cabrera and Billy Hassell, Curated by Benito Huerta, The Gallery at University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

•·         Arthouse Texas Prize, Five Finalists for 2007 Texas Prize with Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Justin Boyd, Bill Davenport and Katrina Moorhead, Arthouse, Austin TX

•·         Frontera 450+, Curated by Rosalinda Gonzalez, The Station Museum, Houston, TX

•·         Texas 100: Selections from the El Paso Museum of Art Part 2, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

•·         Explorations, Explorations, Curated by Edward Cella, Edward Cella + Architecture             (ECAA), Santa Barbara, CA

•·         Prevailing Climate, Curated by Rachel Gugelberger and Jeffrey Walkowiak, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

•·         Macy's Windows Project, Curated by Gabrielle Bryers, Macy's, New York, NY

•·         gimme shelter, Curated by Megan Riley in a house designed by Mike Latham, Shelter Island Heights, New York, NY

•·         Moved by the Machine: Art Inspired by the Automobile, Curated by Josephine Shea, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA

•·         Welcome Home, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

•·         As Good As Your Next Gig, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 


•·         New Tapestries, curated by Adam Frank, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

•·         Take Shape, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

•·         Rearranged/Redefined: Domestic Objects Reconsidered, curated by Mary Salvante, Mainline Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

•·         I-10, Houston to L.A., McClain Gallery, Houston, TX 


•·         Cleanliness, Curated by Adam Frank, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

•·         Domicile, Curated by Jim O'Donnell and Mike Sweeney, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

•·         Twang: Contemporary Sculpture from Texas, Organized by C. Sean Horton, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX (catalogue)

•·         Domestic Oddesy, Curated by JoAnne Northrup. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (catalogue)

•·         Borderlands, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX 


•·         Blanc, Curated by Odalis Valdivieso, Mexican Institute of Culture, Washington D.C.; Design District, Miami, FL 


•·         Piece Work: Fiber and Multiples, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX

•·         CORPORAL: Contemporary Women Artists from Latin America, Curated by Giannina Dwin, Schmidt Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

•·         Critical Consumption, Curated by Jonathan Allen, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn,NY 


•·         The S-Files, El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY 


•·         It's a Glamorous Life, The Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

•·         Mix Series - Wall Power, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX                               


•·         Two to Tango, 2001, Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

•·         Paperveins Biennial 2000, HERE Art, New York, NY

•·         Weight as Real, House Gallery, Long Island City, NY 


•·         War, Artist Bulletin Board, Postmasters, New York, NY

•·         Staff Show, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY 


•·         Par Avion, Hunter College, New York, NY                                                           


•·         BFA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY

•·         Young Artists Exhibition, New World Art Center, New York, NY                                                         


Border Art Residency, La Union, NM

International Exchange Residency, Academia of Minerva, Groningen, Netherlands 



Kley, Elisabeth. "Margarita Cabrera," ARTNews, March. 


Robinson, Walter. "Miami Heat,", December 3-10.

van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire. "Paths diverge in Mexican art shows," Austin American-Statesman, Sunday, October 17.

Sullivan, James. "A love affair with appliances only keeps us in the kitchen," San Francisco Chronicle, March 25.

Grant, Michael S. "House Unbound," Metro, March 17-24.

Nothrup, JoAnne. Domestic Odyssey, San Jose Museum of Art, CA.

Horton, C. Sean. Twang: Contemporary Art from Texas, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX.

Self, Bernadette Sedillos. "Border influences artist to create vinyl VW Beetle," El Paso Times, Tuesday, September 7. 


Cotter, Holland. "Critical Consumption," The New York Times, March 7. 


Cotter, Holland. "The S Files," The New York Times.

Popeson, Pamela A. "El Museo's Bienal 2002," NY Arts.

"2002 (S) Files, the biennial of El Museo Del Barrio," Absolutearts.

The (S) Files 2002, El Museo del Barrio, New York. (catalogue)

Randall, Teri T., "Sculpture Elicits Look at Border Issues: Margarita Cabrera's art straddles the Rio Grande," Pasatiempo, April 19-25.

Rodriguez, Francesca. "North of the Border," Santa Fe Reporter, April 17- 23.

Rodriguez, Francesca. "Interview with Margarita Cabrera," Dynamic Peripheries, The Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe.

"Margarita Cabrera: Dynamic Peripheries," THE, Magazine of the Arts, April.

Shamly, Erica. "The Latina Experience Begets Unclassifiable Originiality," Artlies, Fall

Recent Exhibits

Margarita Cabrera participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2014 Sewing the Line
H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery
Seattle Art Museum
Feb, 2014 The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America
Pacific Asia Museum
Jan, 2014 CrossSection: Latino Artists in Texas
Houston Museum of African American Culture
Oct, 2013 Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Oct, 2013 Art at the Border: 21st Century Responses
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