Tamarind Institute brings some of today’s most intriguing artists to talk to artists and art lovers alike here in Albuquerque. Artists Robert Pruitt and Toyin Odutola, each of whom address varied aspects and issues of Black identity. They both speak of their work, influences and backgrounds, Thursdays, Sept. 4 and 18 respectively.

Robert Pruitt , artist's talk
Thursday, Sept. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Tamarind Gallery
Sponsored by Tamarind Institute, the UNM College of Fine Arts, Department of Art and Art History, and the UNM Art Museum Houston-based artist Robert Pruitt will speak in the Tamarind Gallery during his residency at Tamarind Institute. Pruitt received his BFA from Texas Southern University and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. His work can be found in collections at institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Studio Museum Harlem; and included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

He makes drawings and sculptures about the complexity of Black identity, combining contrasting signs and imagery of disparate Black influences and aesthetics. Layering Science Fiction, Hip Hop, comic books, and black political and social struggles into portraits is his signature style. (http://www.robert-pruitt.com)

For more information on Robert Pruitt, visit http://www.robert-pruitt.com.

Toyin Odutola artist's talk
Thursday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
At the UNM Art Museum
Sponsored by Tamarind Institute, the UNM College of Fine Arts, Department of Art and Art History, and the UNM Art Museum, and was selected for the prestigious Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio program; Odutola currently lives and works in New York City. She received a BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and her MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In October, she returns to Tamarind for her second residency at Tamarind Institute.

Born in Ife, Nigeria, Odutola participated in the 2012 project AFRO: Black Identity in America and Brazil at Tamarind. In her artist statement she said, "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, where an individual's subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis."

For more information on Toyin Odutola, visit toyinodutola.com. Images of the lithographs created at Tamarind in 2012 are online at tamarind.unm.edu.

Questions can be directed to the Tamarind Institute