Cleveland’s FRONT International triennial teams up with local museums for new commissions

Jan. 30, 2018

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Existing works by artists like Kerry James Marshall and Martine Syms will also be included in the show

For its first edition this summer, titled An American City, the Front International Cleveland Triennial (14 July-30 September) is partnering with four local institutions—the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Moca) Cleveland, Oberlin College and the Akron Art Museum—to present new commissions and solo shows of artist like Kerry James Marshall and Martine Syms. The programming aims to “augment and enhance an understanding of what these institutions are” and is not “homogenous across the board”, says the triennial’s artistic director, the artist and curator Michelle Grabner (who shared the responsibility with a co-artistic director, the curator Jens Hoffmann, until his resignation last November).