the foundation is the vision of philanthropist and art collector lonti ebers, with the brooklyn programs to be spearheaded by artistic director ruth estévez — former gallery director at REDCAT in los angeles and senior curator at large at the rose art museum. ‘the idea behind amant was to create studios and exhibition spaces that would encourage artistic research and experimentation, free of the time restrictions and financial and administrative confines that typically accompany art practices in new york,’ ebers explains.


‘at a moment when new york is still reeling from the pandemic, amant wants to stress the importance of human relations,’ adds ruth estévez. ‘we want to provide opportunities to seed long-term cohesion between artists and audiences, supporting a tissue of intellectual, creative and emotional togetherness.’

amant exterior detail | image by naho kubota, courtesy of SO – IL and the amant foundation



in september, amant’s brooklyn campus will welcome its inaugural group of national and international residents. the four artists will come from a wide range of artistic fields and reflect amant’s commitment to geographic diversity. residencies take place three times a year and form the heart of amant. the new york residency is open to artists at all stages of their careers, with the sole restriction that residents may not already live in new york. with a focus on research, rather than production and fabrication, residents will enrich their creative practices by observing, absorbing, and listening to the many perspectives, lived experiences, places, and communities that new york has to offer.

SO – IL-designed 'amant' art campus set to open in brooklyn
amant founder and CEO lonti ebers (left) with artistic director ruth estévez (right) on site at amant, march 2021
image by lyndsy welgos, courtesy of the amant foundation



amant will open on june 5, 2021 with a survey of work by grada kilomba, the portuguese artist, writer and academic of west african descent whose work deals with the difficult legacies of slavery and the colonial past. in the fall 2021, as conditions permit, géza — amant’s multipurpose space — will host a screening series featuring kilomba, olivia plender, dora garcía, and clara ianni, whose cinematic works dissect and re-assemble history through found footage, news archives, and other epistolary documents and ephemera.



project info:


name: amant art campus
location: brooklyn, NY
client: amant
program: artist residency with galleries, offices, cafe, studio spaces, performance space
area: 1,950 sqm / 21,000 sqf
status: opening june 2021


SO – IL team —
florian idenburg, jing liu, kevin lamyuktseung, ted baab, pietro pagliaro, grace lee, sanger clark, lucia sanchez-ramirez, álvaro gómez-sellés, kristen too, christopher riley, alexandre hamlyn, regina teng, etienne vallat, marisa musing, tyler mauri, julie perrone, mario serrano, diego fernandez, john chow


collaborators —
architect of record: andrew reyniak
project manager: paratus group
structural: silman associates
MEP: CES engineering, plus group engineering
lighting: buro happold engineering
cladding consultant: simpson gumpertz & heger
civil: bohler engineering
expediter: j. callahan consulting, inc.
acoustics / AV / security: harvey marshall berling associates
concrete: reginald hough associates
geotechnical: langan engineering, PMT laboratories, inc
landscape: future green
graphics: linked by air

philip stevens I designboom

may 10, 2021


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