Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art: “An American City”

Various Venues

July 14 - September 30

Curated by Michelle Grabner

As anyone who’s been to Cleveland can attest, its civic pride runs deep. While the Cavaliers have recently brought much-needed acclaim to Believeland, the city continues to face hardships found throughout the Rust Belt. FRONT International, the Cleveland-based triennial debuting this summer, seeks to directly confront the city’s complex history and current realities through various initiatives, including the re-creation of a 1973 mural by Julian Stanczak, and Michael Rakowitz’s citywide project responding to the fatal police shooting of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014. Helmed by artistic director Michelle Grabner, “An American City” will present more than seventy local, national, and international artists in a wide array of venues throughout Cleveland and neighboring Akron and Oberlin, and will explore the social, political, cultural, ecological, and economic issues at play in urban centers across the country.