With the debut of the Front International triennial for contemporary art, this Rust Belt city shines anew
For certain TV fanatics, the mere mention of Cleveland calls to mind that 30 Rock episode where Liz Lemon visits Ohio and envisions a better life. “We’d all like to flee to the Cleve,” her boss tells her back in New York. And when better than this summer, when the city will inaugurate Front International, a new triennial for contemporary art? On view July 14 to September 30, the extravaganza will activate sites all across town, displaying work by 70-plus artists while spotlighting the city’s architectural history. The Cleveland Public Library’s main branch will welcome a Yinka Shonibare installation of 6,000 books, each bound in wax cloth bearing the name of an American immigrant.