Black and Grey Toaster

  • Margarita Cabrera, Black and Grey Toaster, 2011, vinyl, copper wire and thread, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment, 2012.36, © 2011, Margarita Cabrera

Margarita Cabrera’s faux-leather appliances are reminders that many household electronics are made in factories in Mexico. The obvious craft process of sewing — emphasized by the exposed threads — symbolically makes visible the exploited human labor involved with mass production. Cabrera, who was born in Mexico and lives in Arizona, relates the sagging vinyl forms to the underpaid workers who help provide basic comforts in American homes.

This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022

Title
Black and Grey Toaster
Artist
Date
2011
Location
Dimensions
7 1410 127 18 in. (18.426.718.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
vinyl, copper wire and thread
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Object – other – appliance
Object Number
2012.36
Palette
Linked Open Data
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