FRONT: After the Dust—and Rainbows—Settle

The 2022 FRONT Triennial, titled Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows from a short poem by Langston Hughes, engaged seventy artists and took place in more than twenty non-traditional venues, in addition to eight exhibitions and projects presented in the galleries of presenting partners. A staggering 290 FRONT-related community and educational programs and 170 events organized by FRONT staff were […]

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FRONT: Gathered

From the initial announcement of curators, to interviewing them about their plans, to individual reviews of specific installations, CAN Journal and CAN Blog have extensively covered the 2022 FRONT Cleveland International Triennial for Contemporary Art. To make it easy to get an overview, we’ve gathered all our coverage here, with links to full posts and stories. I Think Its Absolutely […]

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FRONT: Installed to Stall

Art and activism collide in Ahmet Öğüt’s Bakunin’s Barricade at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio. Part of the 2022 FRONT Triennial, this massive installation remains on view until December 23, 2022 in its North American premiere. Öğüt, a Kurdish-born artist working across media, collaborated with Oberlin College students and museum staff to create an assemblage that questions […]

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Dr. Lady J: A Woman Who Slays, at the 2022 FRONT Triennial

Dr. Lady J—credentialed with a PhD in musicology, and a dissertation on how drag went mainstream—is a co-host of the FRONT Triennial podcast APodofDustandRainbows. She collaborates with textile artist Loraine Lynn on an installation/performance opening at the Cleveland Institute of Art on September 30. Dr. Lady J (she/they) is the world’s first drag queen with a PhD dissertation on drag […]

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FRONT Triennial: “I Think It’s Absolutely Changed”

FRONT TRIENNIAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PREM KRISHNAMURTHY AND CURATOR ANNIE WISCHMEYER TALK ABOUT CURATION DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC Brittany Mariel Hudak recently sat down with Prem Krishnamurthy and Annie Wischmeyer in the Ames Family Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art to discuss their curatorial strategies, inspirations, and what we can expect for FRONT 2022. Their team had just held a […]

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MAKERS: Elizabeth Emery

It’s hard to pin down Elizabeth Emery. She is a printmaker, painter, sculptor, installation artist, gallery owner, feminist, avid cyclist, and podcaster – Emery can’t be reduced to a “category” or descriptor – she is the kind of person that I find endlessly fascinating. She’s also one of only six area artists chosen to participate in the FRONT Triennial this Summer. Emery seems to […]

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Interview from the FRONT: Jens Hoffman

The following brief interview with Jens Hofmann was conducted via email at his request. Hoffman is probably the best known of the two art world luminaries (famed Chicago artist Michelle Grabner is the other) recruited by FRONT Executive Director Fred Bidwell and his team as co-artistic directors for the experimental, conceptually-driven event. Their job is to recruit artists, but also […]

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