FRONT International Postponed to 2022

Impact of Coronavirus on arts institutions and infrastructure necessitates move FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art has made the difficult decision to postpone its second edition, originally slated for 2021. The next edition of FRONT will be held July 16 — October 2, 2022. The arts ecosystem has been, and will continue to be, profoundly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. From revenue and fundraising constraints brought on by […]

FRONT International awarded George Gund Foundation grant for programming and community engagement

November 21, 2019Featured, Press Releases

  Download Release as PDF CLEVELAND, November 20, 2019 — FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce it has been awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant from The George Gund Foundation to broaden and enhance FRONT’s educational initiatives and community engagement. The grant highlights FRONT’s commitment to inclusive public engagement, regardless of […]

FRONT International Expands Staff as Preparations for 2021 Triennial Deepen

November 6, 2019Featured, Press Releases

  CLEVELAND, November 6, 2019 — FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce significant new additions to its team: Sarah Spinner Liska as Deputy Director, Meghana Karnik as Associate Curator, and Lo Smith as Curatorial Assistant. The expanded team underscores FRONT’s commitment to producing a world-class contemporary art exhibition that is […]

Late Summer Reading List

August 12, 2019Featured, General

Co-Artistic Directors Prem and Tina share their late summer reading list. It’s never too late to start another book.   Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt Banned in several Middle Eastern countries, this novel records the encounter between Americans and Arabs in an unnamed Gulf emirate in the 1930s. As oil exploration begins, the destruction of […]

Prem Krishnamurthy and Tina Kukielski named Co-Artistic Directors for 2021 edition of FRONT International

January 4, 2019Featured, Press Releases

Download the full Press Release. CLEVELAND, January 4, 2019 – Prem Krishnamurthy and Tina Kukielski have been named Co-Artistic Directors for the second edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which will run from July 17 through October 2, 2021. FRONT is a contemporary art triennial based in Northeast Ohio that is a […]

Explore FRONT International 2018

January 2, 2019Featured, General

An American City

July 14 – September 30, 2018

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art launched its inaugural edition in July of 2018. An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, in collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin, showcases an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater throughout the landscape and built environment. With a roster of national, international and area-based artists at all points in their career, FRONT 2018 examines the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

This citywide art program brings together international, national and regional artists, curators and scholars to propose a new format for biennials and triennials. It focuses on process, research, collaboration and long-term engagement with Cleveland and Northeast Ohio to provide an expansive stage to create and share new work that is inspired by and engaged with the social, political, cultural, ecological, and economic issues of our time. These themes and ideas are explored by the participants will revolve around the history and the current realities of Cleveland that serves as an example of a midsize American city in time during which this country is deeply divided.

FRONT sees museums and exhibitions as places for a nuanced conversation about the difficult issues and concerns in society, away from the perhaps comforting but also reductive way of absolute thinking that is so destructive. The program feels the need to address complexities and diversity of thought within the spectrum of institutions that address the state of the world around us.

Click to Explore FRONT International 2018: An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises.

 

 

 

Image Credits

  1. Martine Syms. Installation view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York. Photography by Field Studio. 
  2. Yinka Shonibare MBE, “The American Library,” 2018. Installation view at The Cleveland Public Library. © Yinka Shonibare MBE. Commissioned by FRONT International. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York. Photoraphy by Field Studio.
  3. Julie Ezelle-Patton, “Let it Bee Ark Hive,” 2018. Installation view. Photography by Field Studio.
  4. Candice Breitz, “Love Story,” 2016. Installation view at Playhouse Square. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Outset Germany + Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg. Photography by Field Studio.
  5. Barbara Bloom, “THE RENDERING (H X W X D =),” 2018. Installation view at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College. Commissioned by FRONT International. Courtesy of the artist and David Lewis, New York. Photography by Field Studio.   
  6. Philip Vanderhyden, “Volatility Smile 3,” 2018. Installation view at Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Commissioned by FRONT International. Photography by Field Studio.
  7. Ad Minoliti, “Modular shelter: kitty, alien, piggy, robot, bird, fish,” 2018, courtesy of the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico City and Li Jinghu, “White Clouds,” 2009, Courtesy of the artist and Magician Space. Installation view at Akron Art Museum. Photography by Field Studio.
  8. Cui Jie, “Dalian Telecom Hub Building #3,” 2017. Installation view at the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery, Oberlin College. Courtesy the artist and Antenna Space, Shanghai. Photography by Field Studio.
  9. Juan Capistrán, “…they won’t say: the times were dark/Rather: why were their poets silent?,” 2018. Commissioned by FRONT International. Photography by Field Studio.
  10. Kay Rosen, “DIVISIBILITY,” 2018. Commissioned by FRONT International. © Kay Rosen DIVISIBILITY 2018. Photography by Field Studio.
  11. Virginia Overton, “Untitled (Black Diamond),” 2018. Installation view at University Hospitals. Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York. Photography by Field Studio.
  12. Guillaume Leblon and Thomas Boutoux, “Busy Time,” 2018.  Installation view at Vista Color Building. Commissioned by FRONT International. Photography by Field Studio.
  13. Marlon de Azambuja, “Brutalismo-Cleveland,” 2018. Installation view at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery Instituto de Visión and Commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Photo © The Cleveland Museum of Art.

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