Today we mark the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing one of our first-ever Spanish language podcasts. This audio, and three others, were created to supplement the works and information on display in the exhibition Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen. Narrated by Claire Solomon, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College. For the English-language version, or to listen to the one of the other five new audio guides, please visit our website here.
Based in El Paso, Texas, Mexican-born Margarita Cabrera responds to pertinent issues surrounding the border between Mexico and the United States. Platinum Blue Bicycle comes from a series of soft sculptures of domestic objects that evoke the work of Pop artist Claes Oldenburg. Exposed threads allude to the labor involved in the making of these objects, executed by teams of immigrant workers. Many of Cabrera’s sculptures depict means of transportation—such as cars and bicycles—to address the mobility of people across borders. The bicycle’s sagging form suggests the potential hardships of the immigrant’s journey and new life abroad.
Margarita Cabrera (Mexican, b. 1973)
Bicicleta azul platino (Platinum Blue Bicycle),2006
Vinyl, foam, string, and wire
Gift of Michael (OC 1964) and Driek (OC 1965) Zirinsky in honor of bicyclists in the Oberlin College class of 1964, 2013.48.6