By Shelly Smith





Tamarind Institute hosts two important contemporary American artists, Jim Dine and Ed Ruscha, during its Fabulous at 50 Symposium and Birthday Bash Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12. Ruscha and Dine have been included in exhibits with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Discussions with each artist take place Saturday, Sept. 11, in Rodey Theater, UNM Center for the Arts. Jim Dine will be interviewed at 2:30 p.m. by Ruth Fine, curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. At 3:45 p.m., Ed Ruscha will share the stage with Dave Hickey, an American art and cultural critic who recently joined UNM's College of Fine Arts.

Friday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m., Dine and Ruscha will be honored as Legacies in Lithography. The awards will be presented in Tamarind's new gallery at 2500 Central Ave. SE. The Tamarind Gallery exhibits the "Legacies in Lithography" portion of the full exhibit "Tamarind Touchstones, Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence in Fine Art Lithography" at the UNM Art Museum. The exhibition opens at both locations Sept. 10.

Though Ruscha is commonly associated with images of gas stations and the Hollywood sign, his signature images have not been places, but words. His textual work has been linked with both the Pop Art movement and the beat generation.

Where Ruscha's work focuses on text, Dine's art focuses on objects, often used as metaphorical portraits, and the figure. Dine said, "The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it's charged with and how much subject matter is there." Though he spends much of his time in Paris and Walla Walla, Wash., Dine finds his way to Tamarind Institute to work with master printer Bill Lagattuta about once a year. This spring, Dine created Tamarind's 50th anniversary commemorative print, "Double Dose of Color."

Other symposium highlights include a conversation with Tamarind founder June Wayne, international panel with Tamarind trained printers and Birthday Bash with salsa band Cafe Mocha.

Tickets and a schedule of events are available through Tamarind Institute or by calling (505) 277-3901.