FRONT’s multipart program of interconnected “cultural exercises” encompasses museum exhibitions, public and educational programs, residencies, publications and research strategies.
1. Artist Focus
The main exercise of An American City comprises individual projects by the invited artists in the partnering institutions, as well as in public outdoor spaces.
2. Canvas City
In tribute to one of Cleveland’s most influential artists, Julian Stanczak, Canvas City will re-create the mural Stanczak made in 1973 for the Cleveland Area Arts Council’s City Canvas program.
3. The City as Readymade
A program that will examine several sites, buildings and locations in Cleveland that carry social, cultural or political significance in its urban history and offer insight into the narratives behind the city’s development. Sites will be selected by the artistic directors in collaboration with Cleveland scholars and historians. Special guided tours of these sites will take place throughout the run of the exhibition.
4. Cleveland Cine Club
Will convene in a specially designed theater inside the Transformer Station and present a daily program of film and video works.
5. Digital Infinity
A collaboration with the KADIST Art Foundation, inviting visual artists to create online projects, thereby expanding the reach of FRONT to a worldwide audience.
6. Exhibition as Discourse
A series of lectures and roundtable discussions featuring curators, exhibition makers and scholars that will investigate the discursive and critical potential of exhibitions, starting in the fall of 2017 at the Glenville Arts Campus.
7. The Glenville Exchanges
A series of public programs taking place at the Glenville Arts Campus, starting in the fall of 2017, forming dialogs between the visiting artists and artists based in Cleveland.
8. The Great Lakes
Part one comprises a research and lecture tour led by the artistic directors this fall to some of the major cities and institutions across the Great Lakes region including:
- Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada)
- Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, OH)
- College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI)
- Midway Gallery (Minneapolis, MN)
- Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI)
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
- University of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
Part two is an exhibition comprising art by artists from those cities, to be held at the Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art.
9. Living Organisms
A look at the resurgence over the past two decades of live and performance art.
10. The Madison Residencies
An artist-in-residence program starting in the fall of 2017, based at the newly developed Glenville Arts Campus on the east side of Cleveland. The residency program is named after Robert P. Madison, Ohio’s first licensed black architect and the designer of the residency building. The Madison Residencies are made possible with support from Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program.
11. Reading, Writing, Publishing
A series of publications created in collaboration with the New York design office Project Projects will accompany the first edition of FRONT.