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June 12, 2018

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art


A massive wave of art will engulf Cleveland during FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art July 14-Sept. 30. And, as a world-class center of arts and culture, Cleveland's never been more ready.


Image Courtesy FRONT International. © Artist Jan van der Ploeg

This multi-venue, nearly three-month event is set to encompass the city and surrounding area with an array of museum exhibitions, artistic projects and public programming featuring contemporary artwork from more than 110 local, national and international artists.

FRONT will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity, as the art featured will be framed by the city of Cleveland. In fact, FRONT's theme, "An American City," encourages the participating artists to research and collaborate with residents on a long-term basis.

So, you really won't find anything else like it in the country.


"Our Home." © Odili Donald Odita. Courtesy of the artist,  Jack Shainman  Gallery, New York.

A rainbow of multi-stories-high murals within a nine-block radius of Downtown Cleveland. Six thousand prismatic books - each one symbolic of an immigrant - inside open-air bookcases at a public library. A quirky one-woman show with tap dancing at a jazz club. A seascape film and photography display inside the William G. Mather steamship on Lake Erie.

These are just some of the 30+ exhibitions of contemporary artwork on display and in performance during FRONT International.

Trips to these seven museums and more than 30 unusual spaces also will uncover paintings, photography installations, sculptures, video displays, performances and just about everything in between. See some featured programming here.


"Before Falling Asleep" by Chen Rang. © The artist and Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Lucerne

FRONT's artists will use Northeast Ohio's arts institutions to showcase their work, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, Akron Art Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Transformer Station, SPACES and Cleveland Institute of Art.

On top of that, the event features artwork in some rather unexpected places like the West Side Market, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Public Library.

Explore all the venues here.


"Judy's Hand Pavilion" at Toby's Plaza, Case Western Reserve University by Tony Tasset. Courtesy of Tony Tasset.

FRONT International will showcase contemporary art created by over 110 artists from around the globe - all at different stages of their careers.

Among them is Johnny Coleman, who is set to create a multimedia installation covering the African-American experience at MOCA; A.K. Burns, who is constructing a sculpture made entirely of crushed chain link fencing at the Transformer Station; and Tony Tasset, who will place a 24-foot-high sculpture formed into a human hand on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

Also within this impressive group are five international, six national and six Cleveland-based artists who, for the last few months, have lived and worked in the redeveloped PNC Glenville Arts Campus, located on Cleveland's near east side. In doing so, these artists-in-residence have been fully immersed not only in an arts setting with their peers but alongside the very community they are tasked with framing.

Learn about all the artists here.

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Learn more about this multi-venue, summer-long exhibition of contemporary art happening across Northeast Ohio July 14-Sept. 30, 2018 by visiting here.

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