About

Amant is a non-profit arts organization fostering experimentation and dialogue through exhibitions, public programs, and residencies at its two locales: the New York City borough of Brooklyn and the Tuscan village of Chiusure in the heart of the Siena province.

As a process-oriented platform, Amant arrives at a moment when the relationship between institutions and wider developments within arts and culture is being revisited—and challenged. We pursue yearly thematics that emanate from a diversity of social and political contexts, supporting shared modes of production and decision-making. More than “disciplines” we focus on “practices”, offering artists the time and conditions to crucially engage with their work.

Amant provides a public forum that supports both established and mid-career artists working across diverse creative fields. We are committed to participating in cultural partnerships with like-minded organizations in the US and abroad, while activating an ongoing conversation with our local community.

The organization also hosts two residency programs in New York and Siena that are at the center of our activities. By emphasizing this commitment to process, Amant remains responsive to the ever-changing dynamics between artists, institutions, and their audiences.

Team

Lonti Ebers, Founder and CEO

Lonti Ebers is a long-time art collector and supporter of contemporary art. She established Amant to create studios and exhibition spaces that would encourage artistic development and experimentation free of the financial burden and administrative confines that typically accompany art practice in New York. Lonti hired the renowned architectural firm SO-IL to design Amant’s innovative performance and art complex.

Lonti has served on the boards of several museums in both the US and abroad and is currently a trustee of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), serves on the board of the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Upstate New York, and sits on the European Committee of the Tate Gallery in London.

Ruth Estévez, Artistic Director

Ruth 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.

Nick Pilato, Director of Operations

Nick Pilato‘s ethos and approach to work and life were forged in the cauldron of self-discipline, collaborative leadership, and intense curiosity. He has over seven years of operational experience in art institutions across New York, most recently as the Director of Operations at Greene Naftali Gallery. Nick holds a MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Juana Berrío, Curator of Public Programs and Associate Director NY & Siena Residencies

Juana Berrío is a curator, writer, educator, and arts programmer. First trained as an artist, she has developed an approach that combines an analytical and cross-disciplinary perspective with an intuitive sensibility. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard. She co-founded and directed Kiria Koula, a gallery and bookstore in San Francisco, worked at the Walker Art Center and the New Museum, and has curated exhibitions in various institutions nationally and internationally. Juana was born and raised in Colombia, and remains closely connected to and curious about her own roots.

Chynna Lake, Visitor Engagement Representative

Chynna Lake is a creator and researcher. Passionate about education, cultural work, and the arts, she has used her marketing and event planning skills to support various museums, foundations, and community centers over the past three years. She enjoys designing pixel art, studying languages (Japanese and Spanish), and appreciating the arts (performing and visual). Chynna holds a BS degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida.

Hannah Marks, Executive Assistant

Hannah Marks is a researcher, event coordinator, and avid reader. She comes from the fast-paced auction industry, which she had been involved in since studying at Sotheby’s in 2012. She holds a BA in art history from Christie’s Education, and an MA in Art History and Art Business from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Rebeca Navarro, Visitor Engagement Coordinator

Rebeca is a museum educator. Born and raised in Mexico, she is a former actress and teacher but most of all a proud Latina. She holds a MA in Contemporary Art and the Market from Christie’s Education, NY, and a MA in Museología (Museum Studies) from Instituto Iberoamericano de Museología. She worked at The People’s Studio at MoMA, engaging with diverse audiences. She has a bilingual podcast about women artists where she shares her passion for art history.

Isabella Nimmo, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Education

Isabella Nimmo is an organizer of artistic projects. Prior to Amant, she was Assistant Curator of Public Programs at the Tate in London and Producer of IdeasCity at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and New York University. A social historian in another life, Isabella is especially interested in works that incorporate historiographical elements and allow for new ways of understanding and experiencing the past. A wandering Scot, she is currently based between Detroit and Brooklyn, New York.

Isabel Riquezes, Visitor Engagement Representative

Born and raised in Venezuela, Isabel has incredible enthusiasm and respect for arts and culture as a method of community building and archiving knowledge. She recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a major in Visual and Critical Studies, where she also developed a studio practice in ceramics, painting, and sculpture. In the past, she has worked for the Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts, the wood and metal shops in SAIC, and Leila Heller Gallery.

Melissa Inéz Rodríguez, Visitor Engagement Representative

Melissa has an immense love for the arts and the built environment, which stemmed from having grown up in New York. She has worked in several art institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. She spends her time off visiting museums and galleries, going to live shows, and supporting small businesses in Brooklyn and Queens. She is currently finishing her BA in Art History at Queens College.

Vivyan Zhang, Communications Coordinator

Vivyan Zhang is a designer with experience in copywriting, fashion and arts education. She holds a BFA in Integrated Design from Parsons School of Design where she developed a collaborative work ethic, and a passion for social practice and alternative fashion strategies. As a visual storyteller, she expresses her sentimentality through floral arranging, illustration and sharing meals. She is currently based between Detroit and New York.

Contact us

Amant

315 Maujer St.
Brooklyn, New York 11206

General inquiries: contact@amant.org

For media inquiries contact:
amant@culturalcounsel.com

For inquires related to our exhibition program: curatorial@amant.org

For information about our residencies contact:
residencies@amant.org

For group visits and accessibility contact: tours@amant.org

Opportunities

Curatorial and Residency Intern

Amant’s Internship Program for undergraduate and graduate students offers individuals looking to build a career in the arts with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a specific area of museum practice.

The Curatorial and Residency Internship Program offers hands-on experience in the development and organization of a wide range of artistic programs, including exhibitions, performances, film screenings, as well as public programs and other educational initiatives, including Amant’s artist residency program.

Working in close contact with Amant’s curatorial team, the Fall 2021 internship will focus on supporting the research, organization, installation, and opening activities surrounding the upcoming exhibitions of the work of both Manthia Diawara, Gala Porras-Kim and Dora Garcia, as well as assisting the artistic team to coordinate our inaugural residency program.
  • This internship is open to undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduate students in a relevant discipline (art history, studio arts, cultural studies, liberal arts and related subjects).

  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong desire to build a career in the arts, as well as a keen interest in and understanding of Amant’s artistic program, mission, and values.

  • Interest and a demonstrated working knowledge of contemporary art is a plus.

  • Candidates must have strong communication and writing skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.

  • Knowledge of programs including SketchUp, Photoshop or InDesign are a plus.

Amant is looking for interns able to work a minimum of two full days per week for two month, beginning mid-October (seven hours per day with mandatory Thursday or Friday availability.)

It is the responsibility of applicants to retrieve information from their school concerning possible academic credit.

All interns will be paid a stipend with a schedule determined by the intern’s supervisor.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to employment@amant.org with “Curatorial and Residency Internship” along with your name in the subject line by a deadline of 11:59pm on Sunday, September 26th.
Opportunities

Visitor Engagement Representative

Amant is looking for a part-time Visitor Engagement Representative. This position offers an opportunity to gain experience, knowledge, and insight into a non-profit arts organization. Visitor Engagement Representatives are an important link between our programs, gallery and the public. They oversee the safety of exhibited work while creating a welcoming environment for visitors.

  1. Greeting visitors, answering questions about current and upcoming exhibitions

  2. Monitoring gallery spaces and ensure that all artwork and installations remain safe

  3. Assisting with any accessibility or interpretation needs that may arise.

  4. Opening and closing of the museum

  5. Serving as a general resource for visitors by providing information about Amant’s programs, exhibits, performances, and events

  6. Assisting in special events and performances.

This is a part-time, entry-level position. Great for artists, students, or recent graduates with:

  1. Strong interest in contemporary art

  2. High school diploma and or Bachelor’s degree in progress or completed

  3. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with the public is very important.

  4. 1 year experience in art gallery or museum setting a plus

Thursdays through Sundays from 11am-6:30pm. Additional availability is required during special events and programs. Compensation is $18 per hour.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to employment@amant.org with “Visitor Engagement Representative” along with your name in the subject line.
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About this website

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The fleuron is a variable mark drawn using a polar equation. It is inspired by the flora in Amant’s courtyards, which change naturally with the season and as the institution grows.