FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

Sat, 07/14/2018 to Sun, 09/30/2018

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is an exhibition comprising artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that will launch 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, will showcase 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 will examine the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will present new commissions in addition to works by artists that variously engage the museum’s architecture, its community, and the history and contemporary landscapes of Cleveland as An American City. Featured artists include


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Download the free FRONT Canvas City App here. 


Saturday, June 3, 2018 to Sunday, December 30, 2018
This installation combines new commissions by Marlon de Azambuja (Brazilian, born 1978) and Luisa Lambri (Italian, born 1969).

Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
Agnieszka Kurant’s The End of Signature explores the rising power of social capital, the aggregated value of which can be algorithmically calculated. This series is rooted in her longtime investigation of collective intelligence in nature and culture. The artist analyzes communities, social movements, and societies as super-organisms or collective persons with personality traits and develops collective signatures for them.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
Using slide projectors to display computer-generated imagery, Alex Jovanovich (American, born 1975) balances old and new technologies, which he associates with warmth and cold respectively.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018

Over the last 35 years, Kerry James Marshall (American, born 1955) has created groundbreaking work that gives visibility to narratives centered on African American identity.

Sunday, July 1, 2018 to Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cleveland native Allen Ruppersberg (born 1944) pays homage to his hometown in this new body of work. The illuminated photographs were taken from the vantage point of billboards across Cleveland—from the roadways along Lake Erie and the steelyards to the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.


Download the FRONT Canvas City App

The Cleveland Museum of Art is excited to announce a free virtual reality (VR) app designed for the Canvas City project, a part of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Canvas City is an outdoor exhibition featuring several murals around downtown Cleveland created by leading international artists Heimo Zoebernig, Sarah Morris, Kay Rosen, Michelle Grabner, and Odili Donald Odita. The project will also restore Julian Stanczak’s historic mural at 1012 Prospect Avenue. The FRONT Canvas City App allows users to view these murals virtually while they are still being completed in their physical locations. General information about Canvas City is easily findable on the app’s initial landing screen, including an interactive map with icons on the future mural locations. Users can tap on these icons to view the mural images overlaid on the appropriate building surfaces. This VR view also allows users to see a 360-degree photo of the site with the mural—so they can be experienced from anywhere.
The FRONT Canvas City app was created and developed by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Digital Innovation and Technology Services team and highlights another way CMA continues to create innovative experiences that intertwine art and technology. This team is also responsible for the development of CMA’s award-winning ARTLENS Gallery. Come experience this ground-breaking exhibition any time during regular museum hours.
FRONT Canvas City is available for free download for iOS devices.


Allen Ruppersberg: Then and Now, Agnieszka Kurant: End of Signature, Alex
Jovanovich, Marlon de Azambuja, and Luisa Lambri are commissioned by FRONT
International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

Marlon de Azambuja and Luisa Lambri are made possible with support by the
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts.

Agnieszka Kurant: End of Signature is made possible with support by the Andy
Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Marlon de Azambuja is a FRONT artist-in-residence. The Madison Residencies are
made possible with support from Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported in part by Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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