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Variations in Print: 15 Tamarind Collaborations celebrates Tamarind Institute’s groundbreaking collaborative printmaking and training program. Highlighting collaborations between Tamarind Institute and fifteen artists, Variations in Print draws upon Tamarind’s extensive archive of prints and archival materials from the past sixty years and provides a comprehensive portrait of the workshop that changed the course of contemporary printmaking.

This exhibition explores the essential relationship of artist and printer during the collaborative process, and how discoveries are made. The exhibition is comprised of forty-nine prints by fifteen artists engaged over Tamarind’s sixty years. These artists represent some of the most important and most promising artists of our time, with a diverse collection of backgrounds, races, and genders.

Through identifying several key printers who trained at Tamarind—many who went on to establish their own workshops around the world—the history of printmaking is expanded by incorporating the printers and their achievements into the narrative. The exhibition explores the intergenerational dedication to the handcrafted object and the slow medium of lithography through short video profiles (available for educational materials) of Tamarind’s student printers and master printers, the so-called #lithocrew generation.

Featured artistsGaro AntreasianJosé Bedia, Nick Cave, Willie Cole, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Hung Liu, Nicola López, Linn Meyers, Rashaad Newsome, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Liliana Porter, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Michelle Stuart, and Judy Tuwaletstiwa.

Image from Tamarind exhibition

Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Text 3, 2017; two-color lithograph, 20 x 38 inches; Courtesy Tamarind Institute

Image from Tamarind exhibition

About Tamarind Institute

Founded in 1960 in Los Angeles by June Wayne, Tamarind Institute is recognized internationally for its contributions to the growth of contemporary printmaking. Relocated in 1970 to the University of New Mexico by co-founders Garo Antreasian and Clinton Adams, Tamarind continues its primary educational mission to train master printers and introduce contemporary artists to the possibilities of lithography. Tamarind is known for upholding the highest standards of printing and documentation, while advancing lithography—the most technically challenging of all print media—through research and experimentation.

Image: Garo Antresian, Excerpt from the Silver Suite series, 1967; lithograph on silver foil, 22 x 20 inches; Courtesy Tamarind Institute.

Clockwise from top left: Nicola López, Infrastructure #3, 2012; nine-color lithograph, 43 3/4 x 29 1/2 inches; Courtesy Tamarind Institute. Lesley Dill, Hummingbird Dress: Red, 2013; eight-color lithograph with collaged three-dimensional elements, 22 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches; Courtesy Tamarind Institute. Hung Liu, Fortune, 2015; two-color lithograph with composition gold leaf, 14 x 16 inches; Courtesy Tamarind Institute. Jose Bedia, Nfumbi Mpangui, 2002; two color lithograph on black Arches Cover, 30 1/8 x 44 1/2 inches; Courtesy Tamarind Institute.

Focus on: Collaboration

Variations in Print: 15 Tamarind Collaborations highlights Tamarind’s mission to not only preserve and celebrate the fine art of lithography, but also its possibilities to forge connections with artists of other disciplines. For the diverse list above, lithography allowed created new channels for artistic creation. In turn, the perspective of each collaborating artist grew Tamarind’s scope for what lithography could be—artist Judy Tuwaletstiwa’s work involved printing from all six faces of the lithographic stone (as opposed to the traditional method, printed from a single surface), as well as the use of textiles. Lesley Dill’s projects were composed of folded and sewn components. Willie Cole’s work involved the development of the steam iron as a matrix.

In 2012, artist Toyin Ojih Odutola (along with Willie Cole) participated in the Tamarind special project AFRO: Black Identity in America and Brazil at Tamarind. She developed a signature style of rendering skin as topography. Odutola states, “I’m looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless.” During her time in the project, she produced five editions that reflect on the complexities of racial identity, two examples of which will be touring with Variations in Print. Odutola’s tribute portrait drawing of the late Aretha Franklin was The New York Times Magazine’s “The Lives They Lived” issue cover, released December 30, 2018. Her work is in permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Birmingham Museum of Art, among others.

Image: Toyin Ojih Odutola, Birmingham, 2014; four-color lithograph with gold leaf, 24 x 16 1/2 inches; Courtesy Tamarind Institute.

support materials and services

exhibition details

  • A publicicity packet with digital images and logos, a sample press release, a sample PSA
  • An educational programming guide with lesson plans for teachers, information for docents, and a bibliography of books, videos, and hands-on materials
  • Interpretive labeling, written and designed by EUSA, available in printable format
  • Text panels
  • A registrar’s packet with final checklist, checklist receipt, packing list, and clear instructions for installing and de-installing the exhibition
  • A condition report with detailed photographs and descriptions
  • Custom-designed crates for easy handling and maximum protection, along with photographs and instructions for proper packing
  • Curated by Diana Gaston, Director of Tamarind Institute
  • Organized by Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM with ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO
  • Approximately 49 lithographs by 15 artists
  • 7-week display bookings
  • Rental fee $11,600 (Discounted to $6,960 for those in M-AAA’s region of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas)
  • Exhibitor is responsible for payment of outgoing shipping
  • Moderate D security level
  • 210 running feet, minimum
  • The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit
  • Exhibition dates are April 2020 through May 2024

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