Margarita Cabrera

Installation Images

Selected Works

Margarita Cabrera
Space in Between – Nopal (Rosa E De Los Santos), 2016
Border patrol uniform fabric, copper wire, thread, terra cotta pot
61 1/2h x 52w x 50d in
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Space in Between – Saguaro (Liliana Santoyo), 2016
Border patrol uniform fabric, copper wire, thread, terra cotta pot
60h x 52w x 18d in
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Space in Between – Bisnaga (Sandra Castillo), 2016
Border patrol uniform fabric, copper wire, thread, terra cotta pot
22h x 24w x 18d in
Margarita Cabrera
Bicicletas Verde (Green), 2006
Vinyl, foam, string and wire
43h x 74w x 30d in
Margarita Cabrera
Sewing Machine (Blue Green), 2016
Vinyl, thread, copper wire and appliance parts
Installation Dimensions vary because of plug & pedal.
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Mini Hummer (Red) 10, 2005
Vinyl and thread with model parts
4 1/2h x 5w x 10d in
Margarita Cabrera, Installation view, Prospect 4, 2017, New Orleans, Louisiana


Margarita Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to El Paso, TX at the age of 10. Cabrera received an MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY. Cabrera’s work centers around socio-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor, and empowerment. She has received critical attention for her collaborative sculpture series Space in Between, which consists of cacti sculptures constructed from green border patrol uniforms. The sculptures are produced through community workshops, where participants embroider the cactus leaves with images that represent their stories. This collaborative process references the rich traditions of indigenous Mexican textiles, and especially pays homage to the collective labor of women. In May 2019, Cabrera unveiled the monumental, participatory public sculpture Árbol de la Vida: Voces de la Tierra, in San Antonio.

Cabrera has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at institutions across the United States, including the Dallas Contemporary, El Museo del Barrio (New York), the Ford Foundation Gallery (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the McNay Museum (San Antonio), the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), the Seattle Art Museum, SITE Santa Fe, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and the Sweeney Art Center for Contemporary Art at the University of California, Riverside. In 2012, she was a Knight Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cabrera was also the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.



On-site and Individual Works

Margarita Cabrera

Sewing our Landscape 
Talley Dunn Gallery
October 24 – December 13, 2014


Margarita Cabrera

Blurring Borders
McNay Art Museum
October 6, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Margarita Cabrera

Threading the Needle
The Church at Sag Harbor
July 1 – September 18, 2022

Margarita Cabrera

Working Thought
Carnegie Museum of Art
March 5 – June 26, 2022

Margarita Cabrera

Art League Houston
September 7 – November 2, 2019

Margarita Cabrera

Árbol de la Vida: Memorias y Voces de la Tierra 
Mission Espada Portal
May 17, 2019–present

Margarita Cabrera

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
March 28 – May 12, 2019

Margarita Cabrera

Perilous Bodies
Ford Foundation Gallery
March 5 – May 11, 2019

Margarita Cabrera

It is Impossible to Cover the Sun with a Finger
Dallas Contemporary
January 27 – March 17, 2019

Margarita Cabrera

Space in Between
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art Hamilton College
February 10 – June 10, 2018

Margarita Cabrera

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
November 16 – November 19, 2017

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The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility
The Craft & Folk Art Museum
September 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018




“Critics’ Picks: Margarita Cabrera” 
by Matthew Bourbon
March 4, 2019

Texas Monthly

“Margarita Cabrera’s Monumental ‘Arból de la Vida’ Grows in San Antonio” 
by Michael Agresta
April 2019

National Public Radio

“Dangerous Art: A Stark but Inspiring New Exhibit” 
by Diana Cole
April 6, 2019


“Searching for the In-Between: Margarita Cabrera’s Collaborative Art Thinks Beyond Borders” 
by Maximiliano Durón
June 8, 2018