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2011 Margarita Cabrera Born: Monterrey, Mexico 1973 vinyl, copper wire and thread 14 1/4 x 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (36.3 x 16.5 x 23.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2011, Margarita Cabrera 2012.35.1A-D Not currently on view


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Cabrera’s vinyl sculptures take the form of appliances assembled in Mexican factories and sold to U.S. consumers. She sewed each sculpture in a process that echoes factory labor. The strings used to bind the vinyl are left long and exposed, reminders of the labor involved in producing appliances found in many American homes.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Keywords

Object - other - appliance

sculpture

fabric - thread

metal - copper

plastic - vinyl