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Chicago

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

Various Venues

July 14–September 30, 2018

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.