Cleveland will host a new contemporary art triennial in 2018. FRONT International: Cleveland Exhibition for Contemporary Art will bring together works from the collections of multiple Cleveland art institutions.
FRONT will be displayed in museum exhibitions and unconventional sites throughout the city. More than 50 artists will produce site specific works, public programs, a temporary academy, a web-based Midwest art journal, along with solo and group exhibitions. The exhibition will commission 20 new works from local, national, and international artists. The curatorial team will also nominate six international artists for the fall 2017 Cleveland Foundation’s three-month artist residency program, Creative Fusion. Main venues for the exhibition include: the Akron Art Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, SPACES, and Transformer Station.
Set to run from July 7 through September 30, 2018, the inaugural exhibition will be entitled An American City. Co-Artistic Directors, Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann, plan to rethink the conventional triennial exhibition model. Presenting partners for the exhibition will include the Akron Art Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, LAND Studios, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Sculpture Center, SPACES, Cleveland, Transformer Station, and Zygote Press. Substantial gifts have been committed by The Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation.
“Cultural identities are multilayered, conflicted, and vary in hyper-local ways. An American City investigates the complex processes by which Cleveland is being constantly undone and rebuilt,” Grabner and Hoffmann explained. “Treating the city as both paradigm and physical site, this citywide initiative will tease out the ways in which contemporary experiences of an urban location are shaped by historical and current events, and uncover how the city’s collective memory and sociopolitical imperatives can define artistic and curatorial production.”