by Desert Botanical Garden

Space in Between – Arizona

Space in Between – Arizona. An Exhibition by Internationally Renowned Artist Margarita Cabrera at Desert Botanical Garden in collaboration with ASU Art Museum

An Exhibition Focusing on Ideas, Traditions and Narratives Relevant to Arizona and Its Local Immigrant History.

Two of Phoenix’s most respected cultural institutions, Desert Botanical Garden and ASU Art Museum, will join together to present Space in Between – Arizona, an exhibition of community sculptures conceptualized by Margarita Cabrera, in fall of 2016. The artist’s work is an ongoing exploration of the defining economic, labor and cultural relationships between the U.S. and Mexico. “Margarita Cabrera’s work expands the notion of what community-based art can accomplish by addressing social justice issues in relation to immigration, labor and identity,” says ASU Art Museum Curator Julio Cesar Morales.

“Space in Between is an artistic platform that connects the local Phoenix community in an effort to honor the diverse culture and natural environment that thrives in the desert,” says Cabrera. Cabrera’s goal is to create an artistic platform for the Latino migrant community that also functions as a network for participants to tell their stories through craft and imagery. She will hold workshops that will produce a broad array of soft sculptures with intriguing embroidery in the form of desert plants that are indigenous to the Southwestern United States. The sculptures will be sewn from border patrol uniforms, planted in traditional Mexican terra cotta pots, and displayed in Ottosen Gallery at the Garden.

This project is a continuation of Cabrera’s social art practice, which has involved working with Latino communities across the United States and Mexico. The title chosen by Cabrera is inspired by the term Nepantla, which is a Nahuatl Aztec Language term referencing “the space in the middle” as it relates to marginalized cultures and their resistance strategies of survival. “I am excited to watch this collaboration unfold and see our community connections strengthen,” says Garden Director Ken Schutz. “Our guests will have the opportunity to observe compelling immigration stories in a powerful medium.”

Space in Between – Arizona is a collaboration between Cabrera, the ASU Art Museum and Desert Botanical Garden. Additional support is provided by the CALA Alliance, Mexican Consulate, Southwest Key, and Latino youth from the Phoenix community.

When: Friday, October 7, 2016 - Sunday, February 12, 2017


Where: Ottosen Gallery at Desert Botanical Garden

Cost: Included with Membership or paid Garden Admission

Garden Admission Rates

Adults $22 (19-59)

Seniors $20 (60+)

Students with ID $12 (13-18)

Children $10 (3-12)

Garden members and children 3 years and younger are admitted free.

INFO: for more information call 480 941-1225 or visit



Oct 7, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017


Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008


Friday, October 7, 2016 - Sunday, February 12, 2017



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