Multiplicity, a contemporary prints exhibition organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, can be seen at the Arkansas Arts Center, Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock, through Jan. 6.

Admission is free.

The exhibition features prints from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum using styles, techniques and approaches that artists have used over the past several decades.

The concept of making multiple images from the same matrix has been integral to printmaking since the earliest prints were pulled from woodblocks and metal plates in the 15th century. Multiplicity brings together a selection of prints by artists for whom the concept of multiplicity in its many forms provides a touchstone for their artistic expression. Many of the artists in the exhibition have expanded the idea of multiplicity beyond editions of identical impressions by creating series, sequences and images that comprise numerous parts.

There are 83 works, created between 1972 and 2009, by contemporary artists such as John Baldessari, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, R. Luke DuBois, David Hockney, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith and Kara Walker. 

Free drop-in tours of Multiplicity and the Arkansas Arts Center collection are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Local printmakers will give Gallery Talks in the exhibition at 2 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Sept. 23: Delita Martin will discuss the relief process.
  • Oct. 7: David Warren will discuss the intaglio process.
  • Oct. 21: Arkansas Arts Center curator of drawings Ann Wagner will discuss the collaborative process of printmaking.

Also open at AAC is 50 for Arkansas: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection. The Vogels distributed 2,500 contemporary works from their collection throughout the nation, with 50 works going to a selected art institution in each of the 50 states. The Arkansas exhibit features works by William Anastasi, Will Barnet, Michael Goldberg, Michael Lucero, Betty Parsons, Richard Tuttle and more. Admission is free; the exhibit continues through Jan. 6.

For more information call (501) 372-4000.