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Join us February 11, 12-7pm for “In the music is your history.” – Volume II. 📯12-6pm Listening session, 6pm Live perform...
01/26/2024

Join us February 11, 12-7pm for “In the music is your history.” – Volume II. 📯12-6pm Listening session, 6pm Live performance📯

In this last event in a series of public programs held in conjunction with Ephariam Asili’s film installation Song for My Mother (2023), Ephraim() and Gabriel Jermaine Vanlandingham-Dunn() are joined by improvisational electro-acoustic duo HxH() for a seven-hour, all-vinyl deep listening session with a final live performance at 6pm.

In the Music Is Your History – Volume II centers jazz music as a form of Black independence and collectivity, taking its inspiration from Amiri Baraka’s 2012 lecture at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado:

My English professor, Sterling Brown, was a great poet. I didn’t know it when I came there. He was just my English professor. But he’s the one who pulled my coat. Perhaps the greatest understanding of this country, when he took us to his house because me and another guy Avery Spellman thought we were so hip and we hadn’t heard Charlie Parker. He says, “Come to my house.” He shows us a wall full of records organized by time, genre, and person. He says “That’s your history. That is the music. That’s your history. You want to hear how these people were living? Study the music.” That is, in the music is your history. In the music is the history of the United States. If you listen to the music, you will hear the history of the United States, even the slave histories.

This is a drop-in event and audience members are encouraged to spend quiet time listening to the set, reading, writing, drawing, or any other quiet activity that does not compete with the music.

🔗Prior registration is recommend via the link in bio.

❄️Winter beverage + 🥐warm croissant = perfect pairing for a delightful morning experience💛Come try our selection of wint...
01/25/2024

❄️Winter beverage + 🥐warm croissant = perfect pairing for a delightful morning experience💛

Come try our selection of winter beverages:
- Cardamon Ginger Latte (seasonal special)
- Dirty Chai
- Maple Latte

🕘Amant Café & Bookstore is open 9am to 2pm on Mondays to Wednesdays, and 9am to 6pm on Thursdays to Sundays.

Now you can find the latest version of our Learning Resource for Shilpa Gupta‘()s ”I did tell you what I saw, but only w...
01/18/2024

Now you can find the latest version of our Learning Resource for Shilpa Gupta‘()s ”I did tell you what I saw, but only what I dreamt“ the next time you visit Amant. This is an exhibition companion with graphics, activities, and playful illustrations to aid young visitors and school groups in exploring key concepts and ideas with the art on view, and connect those with their own experiences and the wider community.

Pick up a handout at our reception desks, during our regular viewing hours or download the digital version via the link in bio.

Illustration by Karlotta Freier().

We are seeking an Associate Curator to join our team!Successful candidates should have experience curating projects acro...
01/16/2024

We are seeking an Associate Curator to join our team!

Successful candidates should have experience curating projects across cultural media, including visual, literary, performance, film, and music. Find out more details via the link in our bio.

🌐January Books  This selection of books highlights overt and underlying themes in Shilpa Gupta’s “I did not tell you wha...
01/12/2024

🌐January Books

This selection of books highlights overt and underlying themes in Shilpa Gupta’s “I did not tell you what I saw but only what I dreamt”— violence disguised as care at borders, how state power reifies itself through art, how women have been treated through Bharatiya / Indian history, and a monograph detailing how Shilpa has dealt with it all via her art with grace, acuity, and weight.

🔖 There Is No Border by Shilpa Gupta(). ()

🔖 Gods In The Time of Democracy by Kajri Jain. ()

🔖 Indian S*x Life – S*xuality & The Colonial Origins of Modern Thought by Durba Mitra. ()

🔖 Humanitarian Borders – Unequal Mobility & Saving Lives by Polly Pallister-Williams. ()

Come read! Our Café & Bookstore is open 9am–2pm, Monday–Wednesday, and 9am–6pm, Thursday–Sunday.

Join us for our first event of the year on January 25 at 6 pm, for “Film Blackness”, a conversation between film theoris...
01/10/2024

Join us for our first event of the year on January 25 at 6 pm, for “Film Blackness”, a conversation between film theorist Michael B. Gillespie and artist Ephraim Asili.

Centering Ephraim Asili’s new three-channel film “Song for My Mother” (2023), Ephraim Asili joins film theorist Michael B. Gillespie for a conversation on and around the elusive concept of “Black Film”.

In an extension of the explorations outlined in Michael’s seminal text Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film (2016), they consider how notions of embodiment, materiality, visibility, and viewership manifest throughout Ephraim’s filmmaking practice, and in relation to the book’s central thesis: “that the idea of black film is always a question, never an answer.”

Prior registration is recommended via the link in our bio.

“Song for My Mother” is on view through February 11, 2024.

Amant’s galleries and Café & Bookstore will be closed from December 24, 2023, to January 2, 2024. We will resume regular...
12/22/2023

Amant’s galleries and Café & Bookstore will be closed from December 24, 2023, to January 2, 2024. We will resume regular hours on January 3, 2024, for our Café & Bookstore and on January 4, 2024, for our galleries.

We look forward to seeing you in the new year and wish you a wonderful holiday.

As we look toward 2024, we’re taking a moment to highlight some exhibition projects from the past year, that serve as ex...
12/21/2023

As we look toward 2024, we’re taking a moment to highlight some exhibition projects from the past year, that serve as examples of our approach to working with artists and the many forms our research takes)

Alvin Lucier: So You … (Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice) performed by Anthony Burr, Charles Curtis, Jessika Kenney and featured a conversation with Susan Howe. Presented in collaboration with Blank Forms(), this event marks the continuation of our second year of the Compendio performance series.

Helen Cammock “Bass Notes and SiteLines: The Voice as a Site of Resistance and the Body as a Site of Resilience”. Together with accompanying artworks and ephemera, Helen’s film project highlighted the different ways we experience, understand, and communicate the twinned concepts of resistance and resilience.

Sung Tieu’s “Infra-Specter” continues the artist’s ongoing research into the psychological and physical dimensions of hidden threats and their impact on the social life of communities. At Amant, alongside the artist’s recent works, Sung presented new installations that focused on the current methods in the construction of fracked gas pipelines in our neighborhood (the North Brooklyn Pipeline) and throughout the United States.

🗯️All relevant exhibition and event-related documentation is available on our webpage.

“How can we define ourselves with something so young as the nation state, when communities have preceded its formation, ...
12/20/2023

“How can we define ourselves with something so young as the nation state, when communities have preceded its formation, for far longer?” — Shilpa Gupta()

“Stars on Flags of the World,” (2012/2023) consists of a variety of stars that have been carefully traced and placed on the gallery floor. These stars appear on the flags of both recognized and unrecognized countries.

Shilpa started this series of works in 2012, amid the of rise of radical nationalist agendas all over the world. Many national flags are fairly recent symbols, yet they elicit a form of immediate and emotional identification that annuls the recognition of other groups that have lived in, and cared for, the territory for much longer periods of time.

The stars in this work have been cast from wax that matches Shilpa’s body volume—as if her body has been divided into stars. As they lay scattered on the gallery floor, the stars mirror what happens above, in the night sky, where constellations are not symbolic, but function as wayfinding tools to place ourselves in a more boundless space.

Shilpa Gupta “I did not tell you what I saw, but only What I dreamt” is on view through April 28, 2024.

Prison abolition, digital love languages, the wellness industry, Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Black masculinity, and quantum physi...
12/19/2023

Prison abolition, digital love languages, the wellness industry, Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Black masculinity, and quantum physics. These were just some of the many points of reference, investigation, and concern explored throughout our latest iteration of “For Your Reference”, a series of public events that gives our Studio & Research residents the opportunity to share their ways of thinking, interpreting, and sensing.

In this special edition on November 21st, our recent cohort of residents invited a group of artists from Hex House, a neighboring artist-run organization and studio space, for an evening of practice-sharing and exchanging in-progress ideas.

🪄Full event video is now live on our media archive via the link in bio.

“Poets, like writers and artists, are dreamers who speak of the nightmares of the living world. This work is about the p...
12/08/2023

“Poets, like writers and artists, are dreamers who speak of the nightmares of the living world. This work is about the persistence of beliefs, of dreams, which make us into what we are as individuals” Shilpa Gupta()

“For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit” (2017/2023) reflects on the monitoring systems that pe*****te, control, and exile voices and bodies. The work is devoted to 100 poets who, across many places and periods in time (from the 8th to the 21st century) and because of their convictions, beliefs, and writings, were imprisoned. The title of the work is inspired by the 14th century poet Imadaddin Nasimi, who was sentenced to death by the authorities because his ideas were considered blasphemous.

This edition of the work includes several wooden bookshelves with lamps that illuminate a selection of 100 books made from gun metal. On the covers of the books, you can read the name of the poet, the title, and the date of publication. Turned into metal monoliths impossible to open and read, the books remind of a shameful history of censorship that continues to this day. This installation is part of the ongoing body of works on censorship that has taken several forms over the past years.


Shilpa Gupta, “I did not tell you what I saw, but only what I dreamt” is on view through April 28, 2024. Our galleries are open Thursday to Sunday 12-6pm.

💫Looking to take a field trip?  Since the opening of Shilpa Gupta's "I did not tell you what I saw, but only what I drea...
12/05/2023

💫Looking to take a field trip?

Since the opening of Shilpa Gupta's "I did not tell you what I saw, but only what I dreamt" and Ephraim Asili's "Song for Mother", we have hosted group visits from neighboring organizations like St. Nicks Alliance, to preschool groups, and school groups from other parts of NYC and tri-state area like Barnard and Hudson County Community College.

These visits provide a comprehensive understanding of the exhibitions and artists, including their contexts and materials through inquiry-based learning activities and creative exercises.

💫Book your visit via the link in our bio.

“Most of the time, when you pull in references, their message can be lost in the process. When I’m working, I still allo...
11/28/2023

“Most of the time, when you pull in references, their message can be lost in the process. When I’m working, I still allow them to maintain their integrity. J Dilla also operated in this way. When he was digging in record stores, finding vinyls, chopping them up, ripping out the interior; the foundation on which that record was created still exists – only under a new lens. And I think that’s a raw, beautiful way to work. It allows for real freedom”. – Yusuf Hassan ().

Join us December 16, 2pm for a lecture performance presented by Ephraim Asili() and Yusuf Hassan and Kwamé Sorrell of BlackMass Publishing(). They will reflect on the concept of collage—or “sampling”—as a mode that mutually informs their work. By assembling fragments of sound, image, video, and music alongside an open-ended dialogue, the artists explore the legacy of “sampling” within Black American creative processes and invite questions that challenge notions of authorship, originality, and forms of archival practice.  

This event is organized within the context of Ephraim multi-channel film installation and exhibition “Song for My Mother”. Prior registration is recommended via the link our bio.🔗

Image: Portrait of J Dilla, photo by B+.

Join us November 21, 6:30pm, for an evening of practice-sharing presented by Amant Studio & Research residents and  arti...
11/16/2023

Join us November 21, 6:30pm, for an evening of practice-sharing presented by Amant Studio & Research residents and artists. Each artist will share a glimpse into their own way of making, interpreting, and sensing. The evening begins with sharing references, followed by a celebration at with food, drinks and DJ set by Satan’s Only Daughter. 🔗RSVP link in bio🔗

About the artists:
man creates films, installations, and encounters that investigate structures of power: the ways that these systems condition us despite our intentions, and the hidden sites of possibility that we can exploit towards greater collective capacities.

is an artist, organizer, and educator. Melanie engages hacking and performance to express the absurdities of these systems while revealing the encoded ways in which they influence how we choose to live and what choices have been made for us.

works between sound and moving image to consider the ways Black diasporas are engaged and explored. They are interested in how Black technosonic production functions as a form of speculation, narrativizing, and worldmaking.

is a woodworker trained in Yoruba carving and a performance artist investigating the intersection of athletics and ritual within the Black diaspora. Their work intermixes the preservation of tradition in indigenous practices within the broader Black Atlantic found present in the Caribbean and Americas, particularly in Haitian Vodun and Jamaican Maroon cultures.

’s contributions to poetry and prose have charted her experiences as a first generation Egyptian-born, Palestinian-Lebanese Muslim woman who is dispossessed and is currently a settler complicit in dispossession on stolen Aboriginal land.

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📱 Experience our current exhibitions on 📱  Enhance your visit to Amant and engage with our exhibitions from anywhere in ...
11/15/2023

📱 Experience our current exhibitions on 📱

Enhance your visit to Amant and engage with our exhibitions from anywhere in the world through exhibition highlights, audio guides, architecture tour and more.

🔗Visit the link in our bio to learn more!🔗

On September 8, we hosted the Newtown Odyssey dress rehearsal and a learning workshop presented by . "Newtown Odyssey us...
11/09/2023

On September 8, we hosted the Newtown Odyssey dress rehearsal and a learning workshop presented by .

"Newtown Odyssey uses pollutants as a mirror of society and creates a local acoustic environment that calls for attention." said opera librettist Dana Spiotta in a recent interview with .

Designed to take place in a forgotten industrial waterway a few blocks from Amant, the on-land dress rehearsal for blended ambient features with characters such as a tour guide, real estate developer, and citizen scientist. Together with music composed by Kurt Rohde() and set design by artist Marie Lorenz(), the opera explored the creek's history by foregrounding environmental and social justice issues that have impacted the surrounding neighbors for generations.

Before the dress rehearsal, the Newtown Creek Alliance() led an hour-long workshop exploring contamination as a crossover of forces between nature and industry found at different junctures of the creek.

Photos by .

performers:
Laura C***s, Flute
Sharon Harms, Voice
Levy Lorenzo, Electronics
Charlotte Mundy, Voice
Joshua Perry, Percussion
Kurt Rohde, Viola
Kyra Sims, French Horn and Voice

Production:
Stephen Cooper, Sound Technician
Nicholas Houfek, Lighting
Heather C. Freedman, Costume

"Newtown Odyssey uses pollutants as a mirror of society and creates a local acoustic environment that calls for attentio...
11/09/2023

"Newtown Odyssey uses pollutants as a mirror of society and creates a local acoustic environment that calls for attention." said opera librettist Dana Spiotta in a recent interview with .

Designed to take place in a forgotten industrial waterway a few blocks from Amant, the on-land dress rehearsal for blended ambient features with characters such as a tour guide, real estate developer, and citizen scientist. Together with music composed by Kurt Rohde() and set design by artist Marie Lorenz(), the opera explored the creek's history by foregrounding environmental and social justice issues that have impacted the surrounding neighbors for generations.

Before the dress rehearsal, the Newtown Creek Alliance() led an hour-long workshop exploring contamination as a crossover of forces between nature and industry found at different junctures of the creek.

Photos by .

Newtown Odessey performers:
Laura C***s, Flute
Sharon Harms, Voice
Levy Lorenzo, Electronics
Charlotte Mundy, Voice
Joshua Perry, Percussion
Kurt Rohde, Viola
Kyra Sims, French Horn and Voice

Production:
Stephen Cooper, Sound Technician
Nicholas Houfek, Lighting
Heather C. Freedman, Costume

The installation for Ephraim Asili “Song of My Mother” includes over 100 hanging t-shirts displaying the front and back ...
11/03/2023

The installation for Ephraim Asili “Song of My Mother” includes over 100 hanging t-shirts displaying the front and back of a childhood photograph that inspired Ephraim’s ancestral journey.

“When we look at photos of ourselves as children. I believe we are searching for evidence of our true selves, something essential about who we really are. When I look at the t-shirt's photo, I see a lot of myself in it. That said, I see a whole lot of other people in it, too. Which is to say that it keeps to a type of American social history that is very relatable. It’s all very personal and impersonal at the same time. Much of the same could be said about this film.”()

“Song for My Mother” is on view through January 28, 2024. Our galleries are open Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm.

11/03/2023
New season’s favorites📚 This selection’s themes are moss-like: soft, widespread and lush for the soul. They center ecolo...
11/02/2023

New season’s favorites📚

This selection’s themes are moss-like: soft, widespread and lush for the soul. They center ecology, care and nesting deeper connections with others as well as oneself.

🔖Recipes for the Future (

🔖Let’s Become Fungal! ()

🔖Coral Dictionary ()

🔖Reading by Osmosis: Natural Interprets Us ()

🔖Slow Spatial Reader, edited by Carolyn F.Strauss

🔖Running by Lindsey A. Freeman

Thank you to everyone who came last Saturday to celebrate the opening of Shilpa Gupta’s () “I did not tell you what I sa...
10/25/2023

Thank you to everyone who came last Saturday to celebrate the opening of Shilpa Gupta’s () “I did not tell you what I saw, but only what I dreamt”.

“I did not tell you what I saw, but only what I dreamt” engages with questions related to body and speech, presenting new works by , alongside other project from the past decade.

The exhibition is now open Thursday to Sunday, 12–6pm.

Images:
1. View of “For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit” (2023) at 315 Maujer.
2. Afternoon poetry reading at our Café & Bookstore.
3. View of “Untitled” (2023) at 315 Maujer.
4. reading at our Café & Bookstore.
5. View of 932 Grand gallery.
6. View of “For, In Your Tongue, I Cannot Fit” (2023) at 315 Maujer.

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