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INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED COMPOSER/ARTIST/PERFORMER R. LUKE DUBOIS

January 19, 2019

Albuquerque, NM –Tamarind Institute invites the public to a talk and reception with R. Luke DuBois, the second recipient of The Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency at Tamarind Institute. The talk will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. followed by a light reception with the artist at the Special Collections Library at 423 Central Ave NW.

The public is encouraged to make an afternoon of this experience. The Special Collections Library is located across from Farina Pizzeria and Artichoke Café. Ample parking is available at either restaurant, or on street. After DuBois’ talk, the library will offer a tour of the Special Collections Library which is housed in a 1925 Pueblo/Spanish Revival-style building and is a registered Albuquerque landmark in the historic Huning Highlands neighborhood. For those who wish to explore solo, besides the beautiful architecture, visitors may enjoy The Center for the Book which is also located onsite, and includes a room dedicated to antique and replica printing presses.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so RSVP is recommended.

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who “explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera.” Based in New York City, DuBois regularly lectures on interactive sound and video performance, and has exhibited and presented his work internationally. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data, and is on the Board of Directors of the ISSUE Project Room and Eyebeam. His records are available on Caipirinha/Sire, Liquid Sky, C74, and Cantaloupe Music, and his artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University. More information about DuBois can be found on his website, lukedubois.com.

DuBois has participated in several projects in New Mexico in recent years. In addition to participating in the Albuquerque Wonder Cabinet presented by Tamarind Institute in 2018, DuBois exhibited his work at SITE Santa Fe on three occasions. His most recent solo exhibition at SITE, R. Luke DuBois: A More Perfect Union, explored democracy, elections, politics, and demographics. Central to A More Perfect Union was a body of work titled Hindsight is Always 20/20, 2008, a series of Snellen eye charts displaying the top 66 words of each American presidents’ State of the Union addresses from George Washington through George W. Bush.

During his January residency at Tamarind, DuBois plans to expand upon a series of projects that relate to information, sound, and critical portraiture of the American political and social reality. He is interested in using American civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois’ work, who was a pioneer in data visualization, as a departure point for a body of new work that in R. Luke DuBois’ words “attempts to force a conversation around the anesthetizing effect of data-driven information overload in public discourse.” In 1900, W. E. B. Du Bois created a series of modernist data visualizations for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, illustrating the positive impact African Americans have had on the economy of the United States.

DuBois is the second recipient of The Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency at Tamarind Institute. Established in 2017 through a gift from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, The Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency creates an opportunity for an extended residency and community engagement. Through this program, the invited artist explores the potential of collaborative printmaking and extends Hammersley’s legacy as an artist. The first awardee, Matthew Shlian created Every Line Is A Circle If You Make It Long Enough, 2017, a 12’ x 8’ multi-color lithographic monoprints collage in collaboration with Tamarind Master Printer Valpuri Remling, and Apprentice Printers Jaime Durham and Amanda Morris. This work is currently installed and can be seen in Tamarind’s Central-facing window at 2500 Central Avenue SE.

Tamarind Institute is an internationally recognized fine art lithography workshop affiliated with the College of Fine Arts of The University of New Mexico. Tamarind is dedicated to the preservation and advancement of lithography through education, research, exhibitions, and artist residencies, and is credited with introducing collaborative printmaking among contemporary artists around the world. Tamarind frequently sponsors programs with diverse populations, locally and internationally, benefitting University, Albuquerque, and New Mexico constituencies. For more information, call 505-277-3901, or email tamarind@unm.edu.

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