September 14, 2019

HEAD of a WOMAN: Redressing the Parallel Histories of Collaborative Printmaking and the Women's Movement

Presented by Tamarind Institute | with support from Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Saturday, September 14
Albuquerque Museum | 2000 Mountain Road NW | Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Tamarind Institute will present a symposium in September, celebrating women in printmaking in conjunction with the Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency. The program is free and open to the public, and assembles a national roster of printers, curators, artists, publishers, and recent Tamarind graduates. The program will take place at the Ventana Salon at the Albuquerque Museum.

Head of a Woman explores the dramatic surge of women printmakers in recent decades and the women who shaped collaborative printmaking over the past sixty years. As Tamarind was instrumental in launching the American print revival in the 1960s, Tamarind’s history and its many contributions will be a central part of the dialogue. Additionally, printers and experts outside of Tamarind will be included in the program to shape a broader understanding of collaborative printmaking and its parallel history with the women’s movement. 

This focus on women in printmaking was developed around the ideas generated through the 2019 Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency with New York-based artist Danielle Orchard. Her depiction of women in domestic spaces references early 20th century art history, redressing the limited representation of women as subject and muse. Her own visual language borrows openly from Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Vuillard, Bonnard, and many others. Orchard inserts her bold contemporary women into these historic tropes, skillfully complicating the narrative, with figures that bear the weight and posture of current problems and anxieties. The monumental lithographs created at Tamarind during her residency prompted the title for the symposium, with a nod to the many anonymous subjects throughout art history simply titled Head of a Woman. In this context, Head of a Woman also plays on the idea that the American print renaissance as we know it was launched by the imagination, perseverance, and conceptual will of three prominent women: Tatyana Grosman, who founded ULAE in 1957; June Wayne, who founded Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960; and Kathan Brown, who founded Crown Point Press in 1962. From the head of a woman came the field of collaborative printmaking.


10:00     Introduction by Diana Gaston, Director, Tamarind Institute

10:15    Inked Up: Sixty Years of Collaborative Women Printmakers 
Colleen Terry, Associate Curator, Achenbach Collection, De Young Museum 

11:00    From the Tamarind Archive 

Christine Adams, Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer & Tamarind Master Printer 

11:40    Judith Solodkin, Founder of Solo Impression & first woman Tamarind Master Printer 

12:15-1:45  Break for Lunch

1:45      Panel Discussion: In the Workshop--Collaborative Printmaking from the Printers Point of View 
Ash Armenta, Little Giant Collective, Santa Cruz, California
Deb Chaney, Deb Chaney Editions, Brooklyn, New York
Ruth Lingen, Pace Paper, New York 
Pam Paulson, Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, California
Judith Solodkin, Solo Impression, Bronx, New York
Moderated by Marjorie Devon, Tamarind Director Emerita 

3:00      Conversation: State of the Multiple/Publishing 
Rhea Fontaine, Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, California
Paula Wilson, Artist and Co-founder, Carrizozo Colony Artist-in-Residence, Carrizozo, New Mexico 
In conversation with Nancy Zastudil, Tamarind Gallery Director

3:45      Conversation
Featuring Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency recipient Danielle Orchard
In conversation with Tamarind Master Printer Valpuri Remling 

 4:30    Open Microphone with invited speakers and impromptu comments about the state of contemporary collaborative printmaking

5:00    Program concludes