In a prelude to the Tamarind Institute's 50th anniversary symposium and exhibit, Chiaroscuro presents "Tamarind Turns 50!" featuring recent lithographs celebrating collaborative printmaking, June 4-July 3, at 708 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe. The opening reception is on Friday, June 4, 5-7 p.m.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1960, Tamarind has been affiliated with the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts since 1970. Tamarind, one of the nation's premier centers for lithography, educates students and provides residencies to emerging and established artists.

The exhibition presents recent work developed under the guidance of Tamarind's master printers by 12 artists: Daniel Brice, Willie Cole, Jim Dine, Julie Evans, Tom Joyce, Fay Ku, Mark Licari, Nicola Lopez, Christine Ngyuen, Johnnie Winona Ross, David Row and Kiki Smith.

Joyce, known primarily as a blacksmith and sculptor, brings the same elemental sense of form and shape present in his cast iron to the simple, linear and spatial relationships explored in his prints.

Cole's lithographs, like his work in numerous mediums including ready-mades and glass, incorporate references to the every day. His sculptural forms have included the use of shoes, irons and hairdryers transformed into a larger aesthetic vision. His lithographs create patterns that nearly obliterate the objects that form them, reimagining everyday objects as decorative motifs.

Lopez's prints combine lithograph and collage. Her fallen cityscapes, devoid of human presence, lean and bend with twisted pylons and beams but take on a character of their own. Her work is architectural and linear, rendered in compositions of absurd configurations.

Row's work relates to Lopez's with its twisting, bending and spare use of color. Serpentine shapes coil and flow with the gestural feeling of characters written with ink and brush.

For more information visit: Tamarind's 50th anniversary events.