Angel Jiang and students

UNMAM, Art History department collaborate to present ‘Print in Action: Lithography and the Modern World’

Print in Action will open during the final week of the UNM Spring Semester, May 3–11. An opening reception will be held Friday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate this collaborative exhibition.
April 29, 2024

During the Spring 2024 semester, The University of New Mexico Art Museum Curator of Collections & Study Room Initiatives Angel Jiang has worked alongside Associate Professor of Art History Susanne Anderson-Riedel and students in her class, History of Print II, to develop the exhibition Print in Action: Lithography and the Modern World.

“Dr. Anderson-Riedel and I came up with this exhibition by thinking about the strengths of the UNMAM collection and the Department of Art & Art History,” said Jiang. “She regularly teaches History of Print II, which includes undergraduate and graduate students in Art History, Museum Studies, and the Tamarind Printer Training Program. This partnership was an opportunity to provide students with hands-on experience with museum objects and research, while presenting an exhibition that integrates Dr. Anderson-Riedel’s curriculum and the UNM Art Museum’s collection.”

Participating students are Mar Arriaga, Aniol Barris Cornet, Andres Candelaria, Hannah Cerne, Teresa De Artinaño, Anna Fiacco, Ginny Fielding, Alexander Jones, Toryn Kelly, Baahozohnii Bah Largo, Eric Lucero, Ava Moser, Caroline Ongpin, Nina Syaheda, and Kyra Zartner.

Print in Action: Lithography and the Modern World presents lithography as an agent of social, cultural, political, and artistic change. The exhibition showcases strengths of the UNMAM permanent collection, which has substantial holdings in historical and contemporary prints. Print in Action is divided into six sections: Drawing on Stone, the Reproductive Print, Advertising, Travel, and Collaborative Printmaking and Lithography Today. The topics of the exhibition align with key themes addressed in History of Print II, such as the originality of prints, their patronage, the market, and their relationship to social, political, and artistic movements.

The exhibition also highlights the University of New Mexico’s relationship to Tamarind Institute, a leading lithography workshop established in Los Angeles in 1960 that revived the fine art lithograph in the United States; the workshop relocated to UNM in 1970. The UNM Art Museum holds the Tamarind Archive, which contains impressions of every lithograph published at Tamarind Institute.

Anderson-Riedel leads class in UNMAM’s Beaumont Newhall Study Room.

The UNM Art Museum’s galleries will close to the public on Sunday, May 12, for the UNM Summer Semester. Print in Action: Lithography and the Modern World will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and will remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 5.