FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art - Downtown Cleveland

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Wed Aug 1st 2018
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On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, we ended the month by taking the afternoon to explore the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial - #FRONTart2018) venues in Downtown Cleveland (@DowntownCLE). These are the first venues we have had time to visit since the FRONT International Triennial opening on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Read about the opening and all our FRONT related blog posts by clicking here.

We spent seven relaxing hours taking our time seeing the artwork, and wanted to share our experience through our @sos_jr tweets and retweets about the day.

FRONT International Triennial - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Juie and Stuart at FRONT International Triennial - Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
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1455 E 6th St
Cleveland, OH 44114

Hours:
Mon–Thurs: 9:30–2:30

Philip Vanderhyden’s 24 channel video work will be installed in the historic lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Arranged as a double stack of terminals reminiscent of computer displays on a financial trading floor, Vanderhyden’s installation operates as digital marquees, or storyboards, charting the changing patterns of economic fortunes. His painterly abstract images exert a dynamic impact to the historic institution’s majestic interior.

We learned from one of the guards at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (@ClevelandFed) that they have seen a large increase in the number of people visiting the Money Museum since the FRONT International Triennial opened. We have always wanted to tour the Learning Center and Money Museum at the bank, so it was great to see it during the FRONT International Triennial. It was an extra good time to visit because they also had a special exhibit about Alexander Hamilton while the play Hamilton is at Playhouse Square (@PlayhouseSquare).

Please scroll through tweets to see our downtown tour!

 

FRONT International Triennial - Cleveland Public Library

Juie and Stuart at FRONT International Triennial - Cleveland Public LIbrary
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325 Superior Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114

Hours:
Mon–Sat: 10–6

The American Library, commissioned by FRONT, was created with the Cleveland Public Library’s librarians together with Yinka Shonibare’s London studio. The work consists of 6000 books, each bearing the name of a first or second generation immigrant to America whose life and work impacted our culture. A digital component, a proprietary website detailing the information on all the names, is available and invites visitors to participate by uploading their immigration stories.

We really enjoyed the American Library exhibition, and Julie not only recognized many names on the books, but took time to use the tablet computer provided to read about many of the people featured on the books. The librarian who welcomed us was very knowledgeable, and gave us a great overview of the artwork. We hope to return, since we found the installation very inviting.

Elizabeth A. Emery

Hear Her Sports Glenville is a neighborhood stories project sharing the power of sports for girls, women, and communities and is a creation by local Cleveland artist Elizabeth Emery.

Hear Her Sports Glenville can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and your favorite podcast player as well as on the Hear Her Sports project website.

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instagram.com/hearherglenville
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We did not have time to listen to Elizabeth A. Emery's podcast while at the library, but were glad to learn of the YWCA of Cleveland's (@YWCACleveland) involvement. Learn more about how the Hear Her Sports (@HearHerSports) program is happening in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood by reading the YWCA of Cleveland's May 15, 2018, blog post: Hear Her Sports Glenville Podcast

We recommend following @YWCACleveland on Twitter to learn of the YWCA's work in our community in the area of empowering women and eliminating racism.

Kerry James Marshall

In conjunction with Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper at the CMA, a selection of works from Marshall’s comic series Rythm Mastr series is on view at the Cleveland Public Library. In these works, he animates the history and mythology represented by traditional African sculpture, developing an array of black protagonists that populate his narrative frames. This collaborative presentation was designed in part as recognition of the role that public libraries played in Marshall’s early development as an artist.

Stuart had enjoyed seeing Kerry James Marshall's work at the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt), so he enjoyed seeing more of it at the Cleveland Public Library. Learn more about the Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art in our blog post: FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art - University Circle/UpTown Cleveland

Please scroll through tweets to see our downtown tour!

 

FRONT International Triennial - The Arcade - Street Murals - Playhouse Square, Helen Theater

The Arcade

401 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

Hours
Wed-Sun: 11-5

In addition to an installation of large-scale murals painted on downtown walls centered around Julian Stanczak’s Winton Manor abstract mural, FRONT will revive Cleveland’s 1973 City Canvases public art project with a historical exhibition in the Downtown Arcade. Make sure to visit both the Arcade’s Room 144 to see work by Cally Spooner and Room 159 to see wall paintings featuring works by Sarah Morris, Odili Donald Odita, Kay Rosen, and Heimo Zobernig.

Experience all of the murals now on the free VR FRONT Canvas City app. Developed by the CMA’s Digital Innovation and Technology Services team. Click here to download the app.

 

Playhouse Square, Helen Theater

Hours
Tues–Sun: 3–8

The legendary theater complex hosts an important video installation by Candice Breitz, LOVE STORY, which centers on the cult of celebrity and overwhelming influence the media exerts on our world view. Featuring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin, it humanizes the global migration crisis by emphasizing our commonalities, challenges the audience to find and examine their own allegiance and attention to humanitarian crises affecting us.

We enjoyed our walk to Playhouse Square, and recommend seeing the exhibit there. We found it more engaging than we expected -- we are glad we made the time to visit.

Please scroll through tweets to see our downtown tour!

 

Watch for more of our blog posts about FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial - #FRONTart2018).