ANTE. (Antecedent Projects) is an arts platform focusing on engaging communities with site-specific legacies. Founded in 2014 by independent curator and art critic Audra Lambert, ANTE. responds to artistic approaches to documenting New York City's eroding cultural legacies. By partnering with contemporary artists and cultural partners, we can examine critical parts of our artistic heritage while also mounting engaging exhibitions and projects which create compelling stories for diverse audiences. Between highlighting the hottest in new arts, cultural and design initiatives while curating and facilitating conversations on new and continuing artistic endeavors, ANTE. shifts the conversation forward while engaging with continuing legacies for maximum impact.
ANTE. will be featuring art world movers and shakers throughout the summer, so stay tuned !
SPOTLIGHT ON THE SOUTH.
> Our curatorial wing, Antecedent Projects, will be headed across the American South this July from Mississippi to Texas and back again - keep up with us on Instagram and learn more about fascinating sides of the South that you may not know existed!
Stephen Colbert and Aziz Ansari are two of our favorite Southern-raised entertainers while our picks for Southern musicians, artists and literary figures include Scott Joplin, Lynda Benglis, Alice Walker & Kate Chopin. Keep up with us on social media and find out more about the site-specific legacies intertwined with Southern culture, a culture uniquely integrated into the fabric of US history & culture.
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6 to 8 pm
Antecedent Projects Closing Celebration, "Other Homes"
The closing of "Other Homes" featured artist presentations and a tour of the exhibition, with introductions by NYC Parks Dept and ANTE. Chief Curator, Audra Lambert.
More images of the event can be found on the Other Homes project page.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 - 6 to 8 pm
Antecedent Projects Proudly Presents That Side of Paradise, featuring performances by Katya Grokhovsky and Nyugen E. Smith
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As part of the Antecedent Projects-curated exhibition Other Homes on view through June 15 at Arsenal Gallery, artists Katya Grokhovsky and Nyugen E. Smith will be presenting new performances from 6-8 pm at the New York City Parks Dept's Arsenal Gallery rooftop space. The program will consist of brief remarks on the exhibit and the Parks Dept, followed by 20 minute performances by Katya Grokhovsky, a short intermission, and a 20 minute performance by Nyugen E. Smith. Refreshments will be provided after the event. These performances will take place on a rooftop terrace, and audience participation may be encouraged as per the individual artists'direction.
The title of this evening of performances, That Side of Paradise, responds to the fading concept of Nature as paradise. As humanity's relationship to nature assumes a beleaguered sense of uncertainty in our current moment with issues such as climate change, this concept of nature as a paradise comes under fire. This latent tension between the human presence and nature is a prominent theme in the work of Ana Mendieta (b.1948, d.1985), a Cuban-American artist whose impactful Silhuetas series expresses a longing to be present in nature where, paradoxically, eventually only a memory of someone can exist. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, nature first existed as Eden, a paradise offered to humanity in exchange for obedience and submission. Exile was the result of asserting autonomy. Mendieta's work echoes the tension and longing associated with belonging and expulsion, inextricably linked with our own identities today in an expanded, multitudinous discourse. How can one reclaim a space that was never anything but fantasy? If this side of paradise was pure and perfect, how does the body create a space for development on that side of paradise as exile, corrupted body?
at NYC Parks Dept Arsenal Gallery rooftop, Fl 4 (Rain location, Arsenal Gallery on Fl 3) 830 Fifth Ave at 64th Street
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 - 6 to 8 pm
Antecedent Projects Proudly Presents, Other Homes
featuring Marina Andrijcic-Ojeda, Jon Bunge, Katya Grokhovsky, Rachel Hornaday, and Nyugen Smith
at NYC Parks Dept Arsenal Gallery, 830 Fifth Ave at 64th Street, Fl 3 (inside Central Park)
come celebrate new works in contemporary assemblage celebrating the natural and built environments present in the urban landscape. Programs over the course of the exhibit include a book launch, performance and closing ceremony. The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 9 am - 5 pm and for special events. Reserve your free opening night admission here.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Antecedent Projects hosted One Last Look: Closing Celebration for Incite//Insight at CoLab-Factory
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Antecedent Projects cordially invites you to CoLab-Factory, 14 DeKalb Ave Fl 3 in Brooklyn for the opening of
Exhibition opening free & open to the public, artists and curator in attendance.
Come celebrate the artists featured at this new exciting co-working space in Downtown Brooklyn! Enjoy refreshments and experience this exhibit exploring the interrelationship of the arts and startup world as influenced by sudden insight or revelation Artists and innovators, like many of the businesses centered at CoLab-Factory, share a drive to transcend the ordinary, creating new world views and inspiring new endeavors. Join us in celebrating paradigm shifts with Antecedent Projects for our very first collaboration with CoLab-Factory for Incite//Insight!
Check out our press release here.