From left: Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann.

Jens Hoffmann Leaves Curatorial Post at FRONT International Triennial

Curator Jens Hoffmann has left his post as the coartistic director of FRONT International, Cleveland’s first triennial exhibition, scheduled to open in July 2018. Artist, curator, and writer Michelle Grabner, who worked with Hoffmann in organizing the event, has now assumed full artistic directorship of the exhibition. According to a statement from FRONT, “Michelle Grabner will continue to conduct artist studio visits and work collaboratively with curators at the various presenting partner institutions throughout Northeast Ohio to activate and realize a complex exhibition program.”

Hoffman explained his departure to Artnews, writes Nate Freeman. In an email to the publication, he said: “I decided to withdraw from FRONT to focus on my other projects, such as the Second Honolulu Biennial in 2019, my role as chief curator at MOCA Detroit, my work for the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco, and a number of other exhibitions taking place over the next years. Putting together an exhibition like FRONT, which has so many different museums, off-site venues, and local curators and administrators taking part in the larger curatorial process, all of which need their voices to be heard, is not an easy undertaking.” He added that he “personally could not identify with the directions [the exhibition] was taking,” but is “confident that FRONT will be a wonderful experience for visitors and the participating artists.”

FRONT International opens on July 14, 2018, and will run through September 30, 2018. Some of the institutions collaborating for the triennial include the Akron Art Museum, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Public Library, MOCA Cleveland, SPACES, and Transformer Station. A. K. Burns, Kay Rosen, Tino Sehgal, Martine Syms, Allen Ruppersberg, and William E. Jones are among the artists who will be featured in the show.