Antenna has provided support and opportunities for artists in the form of residencies, exhibitions, publications, and public events. Through its residency programs, Antenna provides artists with an introduction to New Orleans history and culture, and the opportunity to produce a specific project, often engaging their vast network of community partners and local cultural organizations to provide additional support. Antenna recently expanded its sizable publication and print operations, with the opening of Paper Machine, an independent, commercial print shop run by Antenna staff. The facility also houses a new residency program designed for artists experimenting with work in print; residents are encouraged to utilize the shop’s significant traditional and contemporary printing resources to create ambitious new projects. From 2020 through 2022, Antenna will organize its programs according to specific curatorial themes meant to unify and make clear the organization’s activities to the public. Throughout 2020, work will be presented under the banner of 20/20 Reflections on Water, with exhibitions and artist projects that offer a range of viewpoints on the role that water plays in human existence.
“The terrific range of project proposals we receive each year speaks to the mobile and porous disciplinary boundaries of contemporary art practice, and to the rich and inventive ways writers approach art today. They are alert to the urgent need to expand the conventions of art history and criticism with ideas from other discourses, such as black studies, transnational and diaspora studies, gender and women’s studies, and LGBT studies. The work of lesser known and overlooked artists and art communities continues to be mined, with writers articulating new ways to counter the striking imbalances of race, class and gender that continue to affect the arts and the culture industry.”