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LAST WEEK! The Invisible Dog proudly presents The Ant in the main exhibition hall. Artist Xavier Roux was inspired to create the sixty-foot long sculpture by the poem written by Surrealist Robert Desnos in 1942. This touching piece consists of a giant ant symbolizing the trains transporting Jews and other nazi victims to concentration camps. The Invisible Dog  and Xavier Roux are deeply committed to this exhibition. We  have embarked in the adventure of assembling the material such as nylon balloons, foam boards, sound systems, etc.  It is fabricated from four elements, which are attached to a steel structure. The Ant is made of four giant translucent nylon balloons attached to a ton and half steel structure fabricated with the help of Juan Alfaro who worked with Louise Bourgeois on the making of her famous Spiders.

THE PRESS REVIEW ABOUT THE ANT

Open to public until May 2nd
Thursday through Sunday: 1pm.-7pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: by appointment only

Admission Free, Donations are welcome

It seems that in hard times such as the present, it is crucial to have curiosity about our past. What brought us here? What do we have to adjust in our lifestyles in order to move forward in the future instead of letting history repeat itself? Having a huge history ourselves, and being an old factory, these are questions The Invisible Dog has always had a particular interest in. This shared curiosity made us a perfect match with The Ant because it is exactly the kind of thought process the piece provokes. Its roots house a sentimental story of a successful and talented poet named Robert Desnos.

Robert Desnos (1900-1945) was one of the primary poets and writers of the Surrealist movement in France between 1924-1930. He wrote, and collaboratively wrote, many works that have influenced the thought and processes of a number of artistic and literary fields through the twentieth century. Besides poetry, Desnos also wrote film texts and essays on film, novels, criticism, and manifestos. During World War Two he became a poet of the resistance, but was arrested by the Gestapo and spent the remainder of the war in some of the most notorious concentration camps. He died of Typhoid fever in 1945 as a result of this internment.

The press review about The Ant here

Corporate Supporters

Guillaume Paturel – By-encore (NY)
Otherpress (NY)
Chez Joce(F)

with the generous support of the
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
& Association Les Amis de Robert Desnos

Donors
Floanne Ankah, Anne Mourier Attal, Stéphanie Arpage & Guillaume Paturel, Sabine Aslan, Corinne Bal, Philippe Barreaud, Gisela Blanc, Marianne Bron, Laura Bron, Chong Gon Byun, Kathleen Calabrese, Pierre Carava,  Martha Caroll, Florence Carmont, Marie Castro, Francis Cholle, Katharina Christl, Jay Cleary, Colin Clement, Simon Courchel, Eva & Régis Courchel, Catherine Courrier, Elisabeth Cros, Steve Damond, Florence & Regis Degouge, Joëlle Deroy, Vincent Devisscher, Gina Diwan, Cito Dizon, Steven Feuerborn, Jeanne Fouchet & Richard Nahas, Isabelle Jouanneau Fertig, Jocelyn Guegnault, François Ghirardi, Muriel Guépin & Christophe Lemée, Judith Gurewich, Jason Hall, Michel Kelemenis, Taekyung Kim, Christine Lambert, Marine Laouchez, Jean-Francois Laugel, Jean-Pierre Lechevalier, Jean Lee, Brigitte Lemercier, David Liatti, Sara Lubtchansky & Gilles Seclin, Gael Malleret, Ella Marder & Daniel Horowitz, Germain Moyon, Marcelo Noverstein, Valentina Pace & Solo Houssein, Romain Pelleray, Julien Princiaux, Yasmeen Qureshi, Laurence Roucouly, Philippe Roux, Sophie Roux, Claude & Renée Roux, Arnaud & Beatrice Roux, Véronique Roux, Paul Rozek, Hugues de Saint Simon, François Servranckx, Clément Sobtejou, Charlotte Toulis, Aurélie Vaneck & Jean-François Salessy, Thomas Viguier, Emmanuele & Bruno Vinciguerra, The Windmill Factory.

Some donors wish to remain anonymous

The Ant has been supported by French Morning

Special thanks to Solange Cypel and Laura Bron who helped us for the fundraising campaign

Special thanks to Roy, Steve, Juan, Ramon, Tomas and Julio for their advise and help.

Without whom the construction of the exhibition would not be possible.

Open to public until May 2nd
Thursday through Sunday: 1pm.-7pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: by appointment only

For any information please call 646 270 2550
Admission Free, Donations are welcome