July 22, 2017
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises
July 14–September 30, 2018

Press and professional preview days: July 12–13

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FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art announces its first group of participating artists, artists-in-residence and presenting partners for its first edition, titled An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, running July 14, 2018 through September 30, 2018. Conceived of by FRONT’s Artistic Directors Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann, this multipart presentation of interconnected “cultural exercises” will investigate the significance and meaning of staging a large-scale international triennial in the contemporary context. Bringing together more than 55 local, national and international artists across mediums and disciplines, FRONT will partner with sites throughout the city of Cleveland and beyond to explore artistic collaborations, intellectual exchanges and curatorial dialogues connecting the city and the Great Lakes region to broader global, political and economic networks. FRONT’s ambitious program will weave critical approaches to museum exhibitions, public and educational programs, residencies, publications and research strategies in a complex presentation.

FRONT will collaborate with cultural institutions and site-specific locations in Cleveland, foregrounding meaningful partnerships within the city’s cultural fabric and urban history to present focused projects, oscillating between large-scale commissions and exhibitions by recognized artists and emerging practitioners. Grabner and Hoffmann will develop these exhibitions in close collaboration with the institutions’ respective curators.

“As an experimental program of exhibitions, residencies and public events, FRONT investigates what it means to stage a large-scale international biennial or triennial today, looking carefully at the feasibility, necessity and structures of large art events, proposing alternatives and reprioritizing typical exhibition hierarchies,” says FRONT’s Executive Director, Fred Bidwell.

Describing the exhibition, FRONT Artistic Director Jens Hoffmann said, “Over the course of the year leading up to the opening, FRONT will work to examine the local, regional and global influences that have shaped a 21st century American city located outside the traditional centers of cultural power and production in the United States.”

“An American City considers the complex transformations that Cleveland, Ohio, a medium-size city in the center of the country, has undergone in recent decades,” says FRONT Artistic Director Michelle Grabner, “and examine how Cleveland’s particular history might parallel those of other cities in the United States and around the world.”

Participating artists & artists-in-residence as of July 14, 2017 Asian Dope Boys; Nasser Al-Salem; Juan Araujo; Dana Awartani; Eric Baudelaire; Dawoud Bey; Barbara Bloom; Candice Breitz; Nicholas Buffon; A.K. Burns; Gerard Byrne; Sean Connelly; Sarah Crowner; Abraham Cruzvillegas; Marlon de Azambuja; Casey Jane Ellison; Harrell Fletcher; Claire Fontaine; Simon Fujiwara; Cyprien Gaillard; Dani Gal; Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; Maryam Jafri; Cui Jie; Hao Jing Ban; Li Jinghu; William E. Jones; Alex Jovanovich; Lin Ke; Mike Kelley; Luisa Lambri; Guillaume Leblon; Adriana Martínez; Laura Huertes Millán; Adriana Minoliti; Sarah Morris; Naeem Mohaiemen; Kirsten Pieroth; Michael Rakowitz; Cheng Ran; Jennifer Reeder; John Riepenhoff; Kay Rosen; Allen Ruppersberg; Tino Sehgal; Indr? Šerpytyt?; Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA); Katrín Sigurdardóttir; Cally Spooner; Julian Stanczak; Martine Syms; Zhou Tao; Jim Trainor; Philip Vanderhyden; Jan Van der Ploeg; Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Búrca; Carey Young

FRONT is made possible through the generous support of:
The City of Cleveland
The Cleveland Foundation
Destination Cleveland
The Falk Brothers Fund
The George Gund Foundation
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation
The Eric and Jane Nord Family Fund
The Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation

FRONT International Founding Patrons
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
Sandy and Sally Cutler
Agnes Gund
Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig
Donna M. and Stewart Kohl
Jan Lewis
Toby Devan Lewis
Scott Mueller

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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