New York | Special Access: Curator Guided Tour of The Amant Foundation

Join Ruth Estévez, Amant’s Artistic Director for an intimate tour of The Amant Foundation’s 21,000 square foot multi-building SO-IL designed “art campus” in East Williamsburg. Opened in June 2021, the complex serves as Amant’s new headquarters, as well as the home for its exhibitions, public events, archival projects, performances, and residency program. Conceived as a research and process-oriented platform, Amant provides a public forum that presents and supports the practices of both established and under-recognized artists working across diverse creative fields.

Artwork by Grada Kilomba

We will also tour the inaugural exhibition, “Grada Kilomba: Heroines, Birds and Monsters” the first solo exhibition of the artist in the United States. Working with theory, performance, film, and literature, Kilomba reveals the narratives of the colonial past, giving space to the silenced voices whose traumas are ever present. In her own words: “What if history has not been told properly? What if our history is haunted by cyclical violence precisely because it has not been buried properly?”

Light snacks to be provided in the Cafe directly following the tour.

 

Admission

  • ArtTable members – $10
  • Non-members – $15

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Covid-19 Guidelines:

To ensure a positive and safe experience, and in keeping with the ‘Key to NYC’ requirements outlined by the New York City Mayor’s Office, as well as CDC recommendations, Amant adheres to the following protocols:

From September 2nd, Amant will require all visitors (12+) to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO. For more information regarding this requirement, visit Key to NYC.

Amant recommends that all visitors (age 2+) wear face coverings while inside of Amant and maintain the 6-ft social distancing rule when interacting with any staff and other visitors. Additional masks are available at the reception desk.

Accessibility:

Amant is committed to making its space as welcoming as possible for all visitors. Entry at 315 Maujer St. is step-free and suitable for wheelchair users. The galleries, the bookstore, and the restroom facilities are also wheelchair accessible. All the on-site visitor and exhibition related materials are available in English and Spanish. Printed and digital copies can be found at the reception desk. Amant offers descriptive audio guides, as well as large print materials, for all the exhibitions. ASL interpretation for events at Amant is available on request. Amant requires two weeks’ notice to confirm an interpreter.

 

 

Thank you to Randy Rosen, Judith Richards, and Regan Lynn Larroque of the New York Chapter Programs Committee for organizing this program.


About the Speaker

Headshot of Ruth EstevezRuth Estévez is a curator and stage designer. Her research work focuses on artistic practices that explore how the spoken and written language operates within the visual arts, contemporary culture and politics.

She is the co-curator of the 34th São Paulo Biennial, which opens in September 2021. From 2018 to 2020 she was senior curator-at-large at the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, and curator of Idiorhythmias, the performance program at MACBA in Barcelona. She was Redcat Gallery Director in Los Angeles and Chief Curator at the Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City, where she also founded LIGA, Space for architecture, a non for profit platform focused on spatial practices.


Images:

  1. Amant facade – Photographed by Rafael Gamo
  2. Artwork image courtesy of Grada Kilomba and Goodman Gallery
  3. Ruth Estévez

New York | A Tour of Harlem’s Monuments

Please join us for an in-person tour of monuments and memorials throughout Harlem. Attendees will enjoy a leisurely walk through the most Northern and less traveled parts of Central Park around the Harlem Meer, along the way viewing three monumental memorials to Duke Ellington, Frederick Douglas, and Harriet Tubman. The tour will be guided by ArtTable member Cathie Behrend.

This program is open to ArtTable members for $10 and non-members for $15. Space is limited and waitlisted registrants will be notified if space becomes available. There will be a fair amount of walking involved so please prepare accordingly! The rain date for this program is Sunday, September 19 at the same time.

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Please read before registering:

Covid-19 Guidelines:

  • Please note that by registering for this event you consent to have your contact information shared with ArtTable to be used in the event that contact tracing is needed.
  • While masks or face coverings are no longer required for outdoor gatherings, we encourage all attendees to wear one when in close proximity to others who are not in their immediate household.

Accessibility:

  • Please note that this program will cover a distance of approximately 1.5 miles from 110th Street to 121st Street via St. Nicholas Avenue. Sidewalks and benches are available for the whole distance and are wheelchair accessible.

Getting There:

  • This program will take place in the neighborhood of Harlem, New York. The closest subway stops are Central Park North (110 Street) along the 2 or 3 lines and 110 Street along the 4 or 6 lines. The specific meeting address will be shared with registrants in advance of the event.

 


About the speaker

Cathie Behrend headshotCatherine Hannah Behrend (Cathie) is the Founder of VenturesinVision, providing customized public art tours in the boroughs for the 92Y, the patrons of WNET/PBS, other not- for-profit organizations and private clients. Cathie has just completed working for 14 years as an Adjunct Instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Graduate Program in the Art Market and NYU’s Center for Applied Liberal Arts. Cathie has Master Degrees in Art and Business Administration from NYU. She also studied international business at INSEAD. She wrote her M.A. Thesis on Christo and her M.B.A Thesis on Decentralizing City Park Operations. Cathie is a longstanding Board member of the 92nd Street YMCA , the Financial Women’s Association of New York and the Simmons College Leadership Council, amongst others. Cathie also completed a three year term as Co-Chairperson of Programming for ArtTable. She founded the still on-going Simmons College New York City Art Administration Summer Institute in 2002. Cathie served under six NYC Mayoral administrations prior to her transition to teaching and tours with positions ranging from managing street and park festivals, to leading the economic development efforts to keep and attract Fortune 500 and global financial companies to NYC. She was appointed to the Mayor’s Council on New Media established to foster synergy between arts organizations and Internet companies and managed the annual Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology. She also represented Cultural Affairs on the Mayor’s Committee on Graffiti. Her last city government position was Deputy Director of the Percent for Art Program in the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs from 1995-2007. Percent for Art mandates that one percent of the construction budget of city-eligible capital projects must be spent on the integration of art into architecture. During her tenure, 125 projects were initiated or completed – many with world renown artists. Her biggest inspiration was working in the Education Dept at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as an intern.

Thank you to Cathie Behrend, ArtTable New York Chapter Program Committee member, for organizing this program.


Image: Harriet Tubman memorial in Harlem, by Alison Saar.

SoCal | Artist-Led Walking Tour of Sonia Romero’s ‘Hecho A Mano’

12:00pm PST

Current and prospective members are welcome to join ArtTable’s SoCal Chapter leaders for an in-person, artist-led walking tour of Sonia Romero’s Hecho A Mano. On view at the Mariachi Plaza Metro Station in Boyle Heights, the mural was just recently completed this past year.

The mural Hecho A Mano was commissioned by Metro Art, and it highlights the historic and contemporary stories of Latinx, Jewish, and Japanese makers and workers from Boyle Heights, featuring an eclectic mix of objects that intertwine the artist’s personal connection to Boyle Heights with those of individuals from the neighborhood. In reference to the work, Romero states that, “There is a certain homemade and handmade quality that has been created by generations of people raising families and creating livelihoods in the neighborhood. I wanted to capture and honor this quality through the metaphor of the hand, by painting this mural by hand.”

Later this summer, join us for an upcoming virtual roundtable discussion focused on the public art scene in Los Angeles. More details to be announced soon!

Admission

  • Current ArtTable Members – $10
  • Members may bring a guest for an additional $5
  • Prospective ArtTable Members – $15

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Please read before registering:

Covid-19 Guidelines:

  • Please note that by registering for this event you consent to have your contact information shared with ArtTable to be used in the event that contact tracing is needed.
  • While masks are no longer required outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals, we highly recommend wearing a mask or face covering when in close proximity to persons not from your household. For any indoor portion of this program, face masks are required per federal law.
  • Click here to read more information on the LA Metro Safety Guidelines.

 

Please click here for accessibility information for this program.


About Sonia Romero

Sonia Romero making a circle with her fingers and looking through itSonia Romero is a Los Angeles-based artist known for her paper-cut and printmaking aesthetics, which she incorporates into both her fine art and public art commissions. Born in 1980, she grew up in an artistic household in Echo Park before formally studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. After returning to California, she began working as a public artist. Romero was the artist in residence at Avenue 50 Studio in Northeast Los Angeles from 2007-2014.

Calling upon her own experiences and perspectives as a multiracial person, Romero creates work that reflects the cultural diversity found in Los Angeles communities. She explores themes relating to the universal connectedness within humanity as well as its relationship to the environment. Her signature style is a dynamic combination of printmaking, paper-cutting, painting, and sculpture. Her oeuvre includes fine art pieces that have been showcased in many galleries and acquired for the collections of prominent institutions, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. Romero’s distinctive paper-cut shapes and patterns can be found in steel, tile, or paint in one of her many large-scale permanent installations in notable locations such as Little Tokyo, the Mariachi Plaza and MacArthur Park Metro Stations and the Artesia County Public Library. Click here to see more of Sonia’s work on her website.

Thank you to Shana Nys Dambrot, ArtTable SoCal Chapter Leader, for organizing this program.


Images:

  1. Sonia Romero, Hecho A Mano, 2020
  2. Sonia Romero, courtesy of the artist

New York | A Day at Governors Island – NADA House & LMCC’s The Arts Center

Please join us for a day on Governors Island and tours of two New York institutions – NADA House and The Arts Center (by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council)! The day will begin with a tour of NADA House, led by Heather Hubbs, NADA Executive Director, who will lead our group in a series of outdoor discussions, allowing members to independently peruse the houses. This will be followed by free time to explore the exhibition some more and enjoy lunch at one of several restaurants on the island (or you can bring your lunch). We will end the day with time to explore LMCC’s The Arts Center and a discussion with LMCC Curator Alice Russotti.

Important Things to Note:

  • This program is open to ArtTable members only.
  • The program includes complimentary access to the 10:40am ferry from Battery Park. If you do not make the scheduled ferry on time, you are responsible for your own ferry ticket. A return ticket is also included for any time.
  • There will be a fair amount of walking during this program; please prepare accordingly.
  • This program will take place rain or shine; please prepare accordingly.
  • Maps will be provided to all members digitally in advance. Physical copies will be available upon arrival.
  • Registration for each tour is limited to 20 attendees. Waitlisted registrants will be notified if space becomes available.

Admission

  • 11am-12pm – Tour of NADA House ONLY – $15
  • 1pm-2pm – Tour of The Arts Center ONLY – $15
  • 11am-2pm – Combo Ticket – NADA & The Arts Center – $25

Not an ArtTable member? Join today!

Please read before registering:

Covid-19 Guidelines:

  • Please note that by registering for this event you consent to have your contact information shared with ArtTable to be used in the event that contact tracing is needed.
  • While masks are no longer required outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals, we highly recommend wearing a mask or face covering when in close proximity to persons not from your household.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while touring indoor spaces.
  • LMCC will require all attendees to fill out a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire on the day of the visit. This will be circulated with all attendees on the morning of the event and is required in order to attend the tour at The Arts Center.

Accessibility: All ferries going to and from Governors Island, as well as the grounds of the island itself, are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Not all buildings on the island are wheelchair-accessible. Building 110, located next to Soissons Landing, is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair-accessible portable toilets are located throughout the grounds.


About NADA House

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is pleased to present the third edition of NADA House, returning to Governors Island with 66 galleries, non-profits, artist-run spaces, and curators, presenting over 100 artists. The collaborative, public exhibition will take place May 8 – August 1, 2021 in an expanded format. Gallery presentations will be in over 50 rooms in three neighboring turn-of-the-century colonial revival buildings.

NADA House participants will engage with the unique character of the spaces, exhibiting work in a diverse range of mediums including large-scale installations, immersive environments, wall murals, and outdoor sculpture. Numerous artists at NADA House this year will present works that directly respond to the complex history of Governors Island’s colonial, military, and political past. In the areas surrounding the buildings, this year’s exhibition will include NADA House’s largest presentation of outdoor artworks to date, with an audio presentation of sounds works by six Puerto Rican contemporary artists organized by Embajada; and sculptures by Alejandro Almanza Pereda (anonymous gallery), Tamika Rivera (Fort Makers), Adam Parker Smith (The Hole); John Drue Scott Worrell (Gern en Regalia); Rachel Nelson and Erik Zajaceskowski (secret project robot); and others.

Click here to read more.

About The Arts Center at Governor’s Island

Curated and presented by LMCC, The Arts Center at Governors Island is an incubator for creative experimentation and a gathering space to engage in dialogue. Work developed and presented at The Arts Center focuses on sustainability and equity.

The Arts Center will re-open to the public on June 12 with commissioned site-specific exhibitions by internationally renowned artists Meg Webster and Onyedika Chuke. A participatory sculpture installation by Muna Malik will also be on view.

Click here to read more.


Images:

  1. Installation view: Tamika Rivera presented by Fort Makers, New York; image courtesy of NADA; photo by Cary Whittier
  2. Heather Hubbs, courtesy of TBD
  3. Alice Russotti, courtesy of LMCC

New York | Tour of ‘RE:GROWTH, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, & the New York Spirit’

Please join us for an in-person tour of ‘RE:GROWTH, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, and the New York Spirit‘ on view at Riverside Park in New York City. The tour will be led by Independent Curator Karin Bravin. We will also be joined by artists Blanka Amezkua, Dahlia Elsayed, and Jean Shin, who will speak about the pieces they have on view in the show.

This program is open to ArtTable members only. The program fee is $15. The exact meeting spot will be circulated prior to the program. During the tour we will walk for approximately 10-12 blocks, so please prepare accordingly!

All attendees are invited to stick around after this program to meet the New York-based 2021 ArtTable Fellows! More details on this to come.

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Registration for this program is limited to 20 attendees. Waitlisted registrants will be notified if space becomes available. 

Please read before registering:

Covid-19 Guidelines:

Please note that by registering for this event you consent to have your contact information shared with ArtTable to be used in the event that contact tracing is needed. While masks are no longer required outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals, we highly recommend wearing a mask or face covering when in close proximity to persons not from your household. 

 


About Karin Bravin

Karin Bravin headshot

Karin Bravin is a curator with a strong focus on site-specific, public and installation art projects. In 2006 she curated and produced Studio in The Park, a three month exhibition of eleven art installations in Riverside Park. The projects were sited in unexpected places: under tunnels, on baseball backstops, in the Hudson River, and along the meandering paths. In 2009 she became consultant for the Downtown Alliance, where she selected and oversaw several art projects on construction barriers in lower Manhattan. Among some of her other projects, she curated 19 site -specific works at Lehman College and several installations for a gallery during Bushwick Open Studios. She is the curator and consultant for The Public Arts Commission of Lewes, Delaware and on the arts advisory committee for The Stirner Arts Trail in Easton Pennsylvania.

Since 1991, Karin Bravin and her husband, John Post Lee, have owned and operated BravinLee programs, a contemporary art gallery in New York. They focus their attention on their exhibition program, artist rug program, site-specific/public art program and an artist book program. They curate outside of the gallery, lecture, teach, participate in art fairs, and foster an active art advisory. Bravin received her BA in art history from Dartmouth College.

About Blanka Amezkua

Blanka Amezkua seated in front of a royal blue wallBlanka Amezkua is formally trained as a painter; she attended the Accademia di belle Arti in Florence, Italy and received her B.A. from California State University Fresno. Her work and projects have been shown in the United States, Mexico, Belgium and Greece. In cultural establishments such as: MoMA-P.S.1, Exit Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, Towson University, Dorsky Gallery, The Taller Boricua, The Block Gallery among others. You can read more about Blanka’s work and projects on her website.

Mentions of Blanka’s work and projects are included in ARTnews, the New York Times, TimeOut, Daily News, Art21:blog, athinorama, Athens News, Queens Chronicle, International Museum of Women, WNYC, as well as other publications.

About Dahlia Elsayed

Dahlia Elsayed painting in her studioDahlia Elsayed is an artist and writer who makes text and image based work that synthesizes an internal and external experience of place, connecting the ephemeral to the concrete. She writes short fictions for created landscapes that take the form of narrative paintings, print and installation. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, Robert Miller Gallery, BravinLee Programs, The New Jersey State Museum and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the public collections of the Newark Museum, the Zimmerli Museum, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, the US Department of State, amongst others. Dahlia has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, the MacDowell Colony, Women’s Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the NJ State Council on the Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University, and lives and works in New Jersey. Ms. Elsayed is Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, NY. You can view more of her work on her website.

About Jean Shin

Jean Shin headshotBorn in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community engagement. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos, and site-specific installations. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement of community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society.

Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is a tenured Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Pratt Institute and a recipient of Pratt’s 2017 Alumni Achievement Award. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Hurley, NY. You can view her full bio and see more of her work on her website.


Images:

  1. Digital rendering of Letha Wilson, ‘Double Arc Leaves and Lava (Hawaii California),’ courtesy of Karin Bravin.
  2. Karin Bravin, courtesy of the speaker.
  3. Blanka Amezkua, courtesy of Greece-Is. Photo by Nikos Kokkas
  4. Dahlia Elsayed, courtesy of the artist.
  5. Jean Shin, courtesy of the artist.
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