Ruiz-Healy Art, New York City
September 12, 2019 – November 2, 2019
Ruiz-Healy Art presents Margarita Cabrera, Engendering New Landscapes, opening Thursday, September 12th with an artist reception from 6 to 8 PM. The exhibition will feature the artist’s signature sewn soft sculptures from the Space in Between series depicting desert cacti, as well as a new series titled Pepita para el loro para que hable o calle (A nugget for the parrot so that it speaks or stays quiet). The sculptural pieces will be in dialogue with new works on paper comprised of collage with United States border patrol uniform fabric, and cochineal dye drawings. Limited-edition prints related to some of her collaborative community work such as UPLIFT and Craft of Resistance will also be on display.
Born in México, Cabrera grew up in El Paso, Texas and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College, City University of New York. From a young age, Cabrera was introduced to Mexican craft and folk-art traditions and as a student at Hunter College was educated in visual aesthetics rooted in the Western Canon, both of which have had a heavy influence in her artistic work. In recent years, Margarita Cabrera has split her practice between her individual work and art collaborations. Cabrera’s art collaborations produce work that engages communities through transformative practices on both sides of the Mexico/United States border and has served as an active investigation into the challenges facing immigrant communities such as fair and safe working conditions and economic and cultural empowerment.
Ruiz-Healy Art is in Manhattan’s Upper East Side at 74 East 79th Street, 2D. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM and by appointment.