For FRONT 2022, Cleveland-born artist Renée Green has conceived Contact, her first major exhibition in the city, which occupies all of moCa Cleveland’s public spaces and radiates out into the city with workshops and film screenings.
A contrapuntal exhibition, Contact weaves together Green’s own works–some newly commissioned by FRONT 2022–with a vast array of invited participants with whom she’s been in conversation through the years.
This relates to Green’s accretive way of working, developing exhibitions by modifying and subsequently re-presenting works and ideas in relation to other contexts. And while Contact coincides with FRONT 2022, the endeavor was initially conceived in 2019 and will continue through the end of the year, resonating with the triennial’s attempt to break the three-month exhibition format.
Engaging with moCa Cleveland’s unique architecture, this exhibition establishes a spatial, sonic, and cinematic conversation between multiple artworks and agents. Green’s pioneering aesthetic practice connects with two of the triennial’s key themes: a focus on the expanded role of artists as collaborative practitioners and the idea that the processes of artmaking can create essential bridges between people.
In addition to Green, Contact features the art, thinking, and voices of a diverse ensemble of artists and practitioners, including John Akomfrah, Marcel Broodthaers, Cinematic Migrations Workshop, Free Agent Media, Laura Genes, Lina Gopaul, Derrick Green, Indexing Imaginaries, Gabriel Kahan, David Lawson, New Humans, Nolan Dennis Oswald, Suneil Sanzgiri, Sense LA, Smoking Dogs Films, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Ian Soroka, Mika Tajima, and Pedro Zylbersztajn.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support provided by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP and Michelle Shan Jeschelnig and Richard Jeschelnig. Additional support from the Anselm Talalay Photography Endowment.
All current moCa Cleveland exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from Doreen & Dick Cahoon, Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen & Kevin Rahilly, Grosvie & Charlie Cooley, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Jan Lewis, and Toby Devan Lewis*