The Cleveland Museum of Art

How can we bring the body back into the systems and spaces of art museums?

In The Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery, works by Julie Mehretu will be in conversation with works from the CMA’s encyclopedic collections that Mehretu has selected because of their affinities with her own artistic practice and their focus on the representation of the body across cultures.

At the opening and closing of FRONT, two dance performances, by Michele Rizzo and Maria Hassabi respectively, will take place in the Ames Family Atrium. Rizzo’s HIGHER xtn, in which trained dancers perform minimal, repetitive movements to an electronic soundtrack, explores the unique spaces of nightclubs and the ways they encourage self-expression. Hassabi’s new performative work CANCELLED explores a transgenerational perspective of womanhood.

Nicole Eisenman: A Decade of Printing will be presented in the James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery. An influential painter and sculptor, Eisenman often recasts art historical tropes in contemporary settings of isolation and togetherness. The works on view reveal how printmaking is a primary collaborative medium for Eisenman.

A newly-commissioned work by Firelei Báez will be featured in the East Wing Glass Box (Gallery 218). Known for large-scale paintings and immersive installations that conjure lavish fictional worlds, Báez has created a work that integrates architecture and narratives of colonized cultures often overlooked in traditional western art history.

In Toby’s Gallery for Contemporary Art (Gallery 229A), new works by Yoshimoto Nara that translate childhood iconography into a contemporary idiom will be integrated into the CMA’s display of its permanent collection.

An exhibition in the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery will bring together work by Tyler Mitchell and Matt Eich who share an interest in belonging, intimacy, and the American South. Both artists’ work suggests the possibilities of daily transformation, the spell of the senses, and the engaging mystery of the transitory.

Julie Mehretu, Installation view, Julie Mehretu: Portals at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. © Julie Mehretu. Photography by Cleveland Museum of Art.

FRONT exhibitions at The Cleveland Museum of Art are presented by Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig, with additional support from The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, Fleischner Family Charitable Foundation, The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

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