Art Exhibition: Cozbi Cabrera in “Threads That Bind”


The Manny Cantor Center (MCC) hosted Afro-Honduran New York-based designer, illustrator, and doll-maker Cozbi A. Cabrera as its Boro-Linc resident artist this season. Cozbi led spring program attendees in heirloom doll-making workshops inspired by performances from Lincoln Center’s Jazz and Chamber Music orchestras. Cozbi’s heirloom dolls, paintings from her children’s books, and the Community Quilt will be displayed in the exhibition entitled “Threads That Bind.” It opens on July 13 and on view through August 25, 2017. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, July 13, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Manny Cantor Center (located at 197 East Broadway, New York, New York). RSVP here.

Description (MCC): [. . .] From April to June community members explored questions of history, family and identity with Cozbi in a series of quilting workshops culminating in our Community Quilt.

“Our Lower East Side Quilt Making group ranged from pre-schoolers and their parents to seniors, all working to piece together a narrative quilt, tapping into their familial and social trees while exploring the power of narrative – that which knits, binds and is understood in community,” Cozbi told us.

Born in Brooklyn and trained at Parsons School of Design, Cozbi left her dream job as art director of SONY Music to “discover, create and share pockets of grace and beauty.” Her beautiful creations take many forms. She makes handmade collectible cloth dolls (Muñecas) in honor of her Honduran heritage, which have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Martha Stewart Living, and many U.S. networks. Cozbi also illustrates children’s books including Stitchin’ and Pullin’ A Gees Bend Quilt and Most Loved in All the World, which won a Christopher Award, given to works that represent the best of the human spirit. She authored and illustrated her newest title: My Hair Is a Garden (Albert Whitman) which comes out in 2018.

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