Tamarind Institute at The University of New Mexico is collaborating with Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm for an exhibition of works by Frederick Hammersley artists-in-residence at the Los Poblanos La Quinta Cultural Center. The exhibition opens with a reception Thursday, June 8, from 6-8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Ticketing is through Los Poblanos.
An artist talk with Tamarind artist Ellen Lesperance, in conversation with Master Printer Valpuri Remling, will be held Monday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Just as Los Poblanos looks back on a history of farming, later becoming a “model experimental farm in the 1930s and 1940s,” Tamarind Institute grew from June Wayne’s vision to reinvigorate the art of lithography in an experimental workshop model that started in 1960 in Los Angeles and then moved to UNM in 1970.
The focus on educating and providing collaborative lithographers opportunities to work with emerging and established artists remains the same and is amply demonstrated in the selection of works on exhibit from June 1 through Sept. 3 in La Quinta.
Designed by John Gaw Meem, La Quinta is not only perhaps the most important structure in the North Valley but is one of New Mexico’s invaluable treasures. John Gaw Meem is without question the quintessential New Mexico architect of the early and mid-20th century and La Quinta is one of his most important, if not the most important, projects of his career in this state.
Works by Frederick Hammersley Artists-in-Residence Henni Alftan (Paris, France), Ellen Lesperance (Portland, Ore), and Maja Ruznic (Placitas, N.M.), will be featured together with recent editions by Jeffrey Gibson (Hudson, N.Y.), José Antonio Suárez Londoño (Medellín, Colombia), Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M.), Shinique Smith (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Paula Wilson (Carrizozo, N.M.). Two prints by iconic artists of the 1960s and 1970s, Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) and Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) — the former from the Los Angeles workshop, the latter one of the first artists whose works were created in the New Mexico workshop — round off the stylistically diverse selection.
Image: Fritz Scholder, Reclining Indian Woman, 1975