FRONT 2021 exhibit announces creative team and theme of healing based on Langston Hughes poem

January 14, 2020General, Media Coverage

Left to right: Tereza Ruller, Lo Smith, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Courtenay Finn, Meghana Karnik, Murtaza Vali, Tina Kukielski, Prem Krishnamurthy, Evelyn Burnett, Dushko Petrovich, Emily Liebert. Image: Paul Sobota.

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art in 2018 carried the title of “An American City” and focused on artworks that portrayed Cleveland as an urban archetype.

Now, channeling the zeitgeist of a city and a planet suffering from climate change and social and economic divisions, the organizers of the next FRONT exhibit in 2021 have made healing and transformation their new theme.

FRONT announced its new focus, title and full curatorial team Tuesday evening in a press conference at Karamu House, the nation’s oldest black theater organization.

“The show will address difficulties, wounds, things that require healing,” Cleveland philanthropist and cultural entrepreneur Fred Bidwell, the show’s founding CEO, said in an interview before the event. But he said: “There’s a speculative sense of hope and optimism that change is possible.”

Bidwell created FRONT as a way to highlight Northeast Ohio’s capacity as a cultural center capable of attracting an international audience. The show is modeled after successful European visual art festivals such as Documenta, centered in Kassel, Germany, every five years….

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Announcing theme, title, and artistic team for 2021 edition!

January 14, 2020Press Releases

(CLEVELAND — January 15, 2020) — FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, is pleased to announce that its second edition will be titled Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, in a presentation of contemporary art across three cities in Northeast Ohio from July 17 through October 2, 2021. The exhibition will be developed in collaboration with a […]

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