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1973 Monterrey, Mexico. Currently based in El Paso, Texas.

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

Solo Exhibitions
2012 Space in Between, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

  1. Margarita Cabrera, New Work, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Margarita Cabrera: Space in Between, Southeastern Center for

Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Margarita Cabrera, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX

Pulso y Martillo (Pulse and Hammer), UC Riverside, Sweeney Art

Gallery, Riverside, CA

TRANS/ACTION, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX
2010 Space in Between, Box 13 Artspace, Houston, TX

  1. Arbol de la Vida, Solo Project, Volta New York, Walter Maciel Gallery,

Booth F3

  1. Arbol de la Vida, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Margarita Cabrera: Hummers, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Arbol de la Vida, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Margarita Cabrera, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Desert Dreams, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, TX
2004 VOCHO, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, NY

Maquila, Women and Their Work, Austin, TX

  1. appliance: all tools must be kept ready for instant use, Sara Meltzer

Gallery, New York, NY

2002 Dynamic Peripheries, Plan b Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
1999 Cazanovia , Cazanovia College, NY
1998 RKS, Groningen, Netherlands (two-person show)

Group Exhibitions

  1. Testimonios 100 Years of Popular Expression, Museo del Barrio,

New York, NY

Chain Reaction: Artists Consider the Bicycle, de Saisset Museum, Santa

Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Mexicanisimo Through Artist’s Eyes, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2011 Travelers: Objects of Dream and Revelation, Bellevue Arts Museum,

Bellevue, WA

Go West I, Hall Segur at UNESCO, Paris, France and Williams Tower,

Houston, TX

New Image Sculpture, The McNay, San Antonio, TX (catalog)

Texas Biennial, Austin, TX (catalog). Travelled to Texas Biennial,

Houston, TX

2010 In Lieu of Unity, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX

Ni Una Mas: The Juarez Murders, The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery,

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Critical Stitch, Mandeville Gallery at Union College, Schenectady, NY

Ladies First, Art Palace, Houston, TX

Identity Based Vertigo, Walter Maciel Gallery, Showroom B261, Pacific

Design Center, West Hollywood, CA

Go West, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

  1. In Stitches, Curated by Beth DeWoody, Lelia Taghinia-Milani Heller

Gallery, New York, NY

Political Draw, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Status Report, Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC Contemporary Art,

Brooklyn, NY

Fresh from Chelsea, University Galleries, University of Florida,

Gainesville, FL

A Season in Hell. One Must Be Absolutely Modern, Rudolph Projects

Artscan Gallery, Houston, TX

The Chicana/o Biennial, MACLA, San Jose, CA
State Fair, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

  1. Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement , Curated by

Howard Fox, Rita Gonzalez and Chon Noriega, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue). Traveling (Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico, Museo de Alameda, San Antonio, TX, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ, Museo de Arte de Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY)

Road Trip, Curated by Kristen Evangelista, San Jose Museum of Art,

San Jose, CA

Modern Art. Modern Lives. Then + Now, Curated by Jim Housefield and

Dana Friis-Hansen, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

A Declaration of Immigration, Curated by Cesáreo Moreno, National

Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

International Artist-In-Residence New Works: 08.1 Regina José Galindo,

Rodney McMillian, Margarita Cabrera, Curated by Franklin Sirmans, Artpace, San Antonio, TX

Eligible Traffic, Trinity University Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Inlandia, Wignall Museum at Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Car Culture, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

  1. 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

Group Exhibitions (continued)
2007 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

Sonatube Forms: Contemporary Art and Transport, Curated by Miki

Garcia, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Collector's Choice III. Audacity in Art: Selected Works from Central

Florida Collections, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Nexus Texas, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. Cleanliness, Curated by Adam Frank, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York,


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 Odyssey, Curated by JoAnne Northrup. San Jose Museum of

Art, San Jose, CA (catalogue)

Borderlands, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2003-04 Blanc, Curated by Odalis Valdivieso, Mexican Institute of Culture,

Washington D.C.; Design District, Miami, FL

  1. 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

2002-3 The S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions (continued)
2002 It’s a Glamorous Life, The Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

Mix Series – Wall Power, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art,

Dallas, TX

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

  1. Paperveins Biennial 2000, HERE Art, New York, NY

Weight as Real, House Gallery, Long Island City, NY
1999 War, Artist Bulletin Board, Postmasters, New York, NY

Staff Show, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1998 Par Avion, Hunter College, New York, NY

1997 BFA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY

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

2012 McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
2011 Center for Creativity and the Arts, California State University, Fresno

  1. Artpace, San Antonio, TX

  1. Border Art Residency, La Union, NM

  1. International Exchange Residency, Academia of Minerva, Groningen,


Public Collections
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX

Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX

Smithsonian Museums, Washington DC

Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside

West Collection, Oaks, PA

21 C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY

2011 Jaime, Kristian. “A Spitting Image” February 23.
Bennet, Steve. “Artist raised questions with everyday items” Express-n news My San Feb 18.
Rojas, Olga. “La Immigracion a travez del arte”, La Prensa en Feb 10.
PE News. “Margarita Cabrera: Pulso y Martillo (Pulse and Hammer,” The Feb 3.
“Margarita Cabrera: Pulso y Martillo (Pulse and Hammer”, Artweek.LA: Jan 28.

2010 Johnson, Ken. “Art Review ‘Phantom Sightings’: They’re Chicanos and Artists. But Is Their Art Chicano?” The New York Times: April 10.
Fresh from Chelsea: 21 Young NYC Artists from the Lisa and Robert Feldman Collection: Orlando: University of Central Florida

2009 Sunday Arts. Thirteen/WNET, New York. November 29.
In Stitches. New York: Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Group: 26.
Colpitt, Frances, Kirstie Skinner and Jennifer Davy. Material Culture, Fort Worth: The Art Galleries at Texas Christian University

2008 Gant, Michael S. “Drive, They Said.” Metro Silicon Valley , October 1-7: 59.
Bradshaw, Julia. “The Unexpected in Travel, Wonderful and Otherwise.”   ARTSHIFT San, December 22.
Geha, Katie. “Where Are We Going? Artists Address the Issues of the 21st Century.”…might be good , Issue #106, September 19.
Mizota, Sharon. “Phantom Sightings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.” ARTnews, November: 174.
Kotz, Liz. “Phantom Sightings: Art After The Chicano Movement.” Modern Painters, September: 109.
Buckley, Annie. “Critics’ Picks: Margarita Cabrera.”, July 9.
Gurza, Agustin. “Chicano Art, beyond rebellion.” Los Angeles Times.
Goddard, Dan R. “Finding inspiration for art on the border.” San Antonio Express News, March 23: Section H.
Gonzalez, Rita, Howard N. Fox, and Chon A. Noriega. Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement. California: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and University of California Press: 39, 41, 66, 68, 85-86, 120- 23; Figs. 84, 104-5, 120, 121, 122, 123, 234.
Davies, Stacy. “Culture Clashing” Inland Empire Weekly.
Lindenberger, Laura A. “New Works 08.1: Margarita Cabrera, Regina Jose Galindo, Rodney McMillian.”

Knight, Christopher, “Phantom Sightings at LACMA,” Los Angeles Times,

April 15.

Bryan-Wilson, Julia, “Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano

Movement,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art,” Artforum,


Buckley, Annie, “Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement,”

Artweek, June.

  1. Hebron, Micol, “Margarita Cabrera,” Flash Art, May-June 2007.

Buckley, Annie, “Soft Power,” Craft, Volume 6.

Buckley, Annie, “Margarita Cabrera, Walter Maciel Gallery,” Artillery,


Aukeman, Anastasia, “Margarita at Sara Meltzer, Art in America,


Ligon, Betty, “It’s Margarita’s turn for applause-for her sagging Hummer,”

El Paso Inc., February 25 – March 3.
2006 Rosenberg, Karen, “Show and Tell, Margarita Cabrera,” New York

Magazine, May 8.

2005 Kley, Elisabeth. "Margarita Cabrera," ARTNews, March.

Gleadell, Colin, “Reports from Art Basel Miami Beach,” arts. Telegraph,

2004 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.
2003 Cotter, Holland. “Critical Consumption,” The New York Times, March 7.
2002 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,


Shamly, Erica. “The Latina Experience Begets Unclassifiable

Originiality,” Artlies, Fall.

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