Two years ago, I first learned about the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial - #FRONTart2018) from Steven Litt's (@Steven_Litt) August 4, 2016, article FRONT, a citywide art exhibit with global reach, will debut in Cleveland in 2018 (photos). I was immediately excited! It is interesting to look back at the article now, and see how the vision from a year ago has evolved into today's spectacular reality.
One year ago, I attended a PechaKucha Night Cleveland (@PKNCLE) event, which featured Fred Bidwell's (@FredBidwell) talk about FRONT International. (A BIG thank you to the PechaKucha Night Cleveland leaders!!) The Friday, August 25, 2017, PechaKucha Night Cleveland Volume 31 (#PKNCLE31) took place at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (@RockHall). (See details in my blog post: PechaKucha Night Cleveland Rocks!! A Night Featuring Creatives at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!) It is interesting to see the photos in my tweets from PechaKucha Night a year ago, and compare them with what was presented at the 2018 opening day press conference.
Before FRONT International Triennial Opening
Three months ago, I wrote in my blog post entitled 2) Monday, April 30, 2018 - Front International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art Discussion at MidTown Tech Hive - -
When I first learned about Front International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial - #FRONTart2018 ) in the summer of 2016, I was very excited about this grand art show taking place over many northeast Ohio locations in the summer of 2018. What I did not know was that it was even bigger than just the summer exhibitions. I have already enjoyed attending several Front International artist talks, and look forward to more of these pre-summer events.
I have always planned to write about the summer Front International art installations, but now feel it is also important to feature these discussions that are leading up to the main event. The tweets below do not do full justice to the excitement of what I am learning at these Front International events -- you must attend yourself!
Here are many of my @sos_jr tweets and retweets that I shared before the opening. They give an overview of just some of the many activities that took place before the summer of 2018, and many link to articles with even more information. I had planned to include a section in the blog post about the many articles written leading up to the FRONT International opening, but the list was too long for this post!
Please share any tweets that contain interesting photos or links to informative articles by retweeting them. Note that clicking on Twitter photos will enlarge them!
Steven Litt on CAN triennial: https://t.co/hwuySDN12y— Michael Gill (@murkusmagurkus) August 25, 2017
Live in Glenville? Passionate about art & community?— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) September 30, 2017
RT if you know someone who fits the bill & see you at the FRONT Porch Monday 9-noon pic.twitter.com/Z8dsQ5XY2q
First Look: PNC Glenville Arts Campus set for dedication Wednesday (photos, video) https://t.co/rBhNrnx4Hh— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) September 29, 2017
Sneak peek alert! Inside The Madison, architect Robert P. Madison used screens of perforated concrete blocks to create decorative patterns. pic.twitter.com/bzbnKhcfBS— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) October 1, 2017
The first edition of @fronttriennial opens in 5 months! We’re thrilled to be a partner of the triennial curated by Michelle Grabner, bringing a city-wide exhibition comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs to Cleveland. #FRONTart2018 pic.twitter.com/NN4jsTleTS— Cleve Institute Art (@CleInstituteArt) February 14, 2018
For #ValentinesDay, fall in love with @fronttriennial, now 5 months away. Opening July 14th, the first edition of the triennial will feature #LinKe at #MOCACleveland. #FRONTart2018 pic.twitter.com/08p6YMecZM— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) February 14, 2018
.@FrontTriennial announces outdoor artworks coming to #Cleveland including giant Tony Tasset sculpture likened to Addams Family's "Thing": https://t.co/asPFB4yNxb @fredbidwell @lilliankuri @CLEcityplanning pic.twitter.com/Rb7Ktf2Rfi— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) March 16, 2018
My summer calendar looks very busy with #Cleveland #art events!@CAN_journal's CAN Triennial July 7 - 29 https://t.co/k6izY7qwCR@ClevelandArt's Yayoi Kusama: #InfinityMirrors 7/07 - 9/30 https://t.co/SZrL3wdD8U@FrontTriennial #FRONTart2018 7/14 – 9/30 https://t.co/PuNvJzWias pic.twitter.com/kYqjSxOt2e— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) April 8, 2018
We're on Summer break! Our galleries are temporarily closed until July 14 while we get ready for @FrontTriennial. Celebrate the opening of #FRONTart2018 with us from 11am-10pm on Saturday, July 14 with a free party, artist talk and performance. pic.twitter.com/K5j20AFbXM— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) June 11, 2018
Are you ready? @FrontTriennial is only 1 month away! We're celebrating the countdown by partnering with our friends at @AkronArtMuseum for #Cleveland's first ever #MuseumInstaSwap. Follow us on Instagram to see what's in store for today's swap. #FRONTart2018 pic.twitter.com/OzXZDhsp3L— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) June 14, 2018
We're less than a month away from #FRONTart2018. Opening Day at #AkronArtMuseum is Free & Open to everyone. 1 of 15 artists you'll see work by is #BrennaMurphy who creates intricate worlds that resemble ancient civilizations & utopian futuristic spaces. https://t.co/XrdkQoPJp3 pic.twitter.com/eegPXvQcNK— Akron Art Museum (@AkronArtMuseum) June 15, 2018
On June 24, Vital Neighborhoods invites you to share your perspective on how to build community pride & generate opportunities for ongoing community engagement for each of #Cleveland's neighborhoods. Register now for #CommonGroundCLE: https://t.co/DqrcGfm229. #CG2018 pic.twitter.com/ZY5ljP5c5F— Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation) June 15, 2018
Great @cleveLANDstudio & @FrontTriennial collaboration making BIG public art projects happen for summer in #CLE. Hi to @inthecircle PD for managing busy roads and keeping everyone safe! pic.twitter.com/cJ2D3cInD2— Gregory Peckham (@LAND_Gp) June 25, 2018
We couldn’t resist the “up close” view! It was fun to watch all the passersby stop to stare in amazement! pic.twitter.com/ihcsqnbNEV— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) June 26, 2018
Fun things happening in Uptown!!— Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle) June 29, 2018
This sculpture by Tony Tasset will double as a public shelter and gathering spot this summer.
It was created after the artist's hand and is being installed next to @MOCACleveland
Photo by Eric Norton pic.twitter.com/1eDKXbcyd2
The Opening Day of #FRONTart2018 is coming: 7/14/18. At #AkronArtMuseum, the opening day is FREE for Everyone. That's right, a FREE Saturday https://t.co/XrdkQoPJp3 You're gonna want to see the Akron exhibition, trust me. #contemporaryart #awesomestuff pic.twitter.com/mHb0UhHip6— Akron Art Museum (@AkronArtMuseum) July 2, 2018
@tkunsman, I will attend Preview Saturday and have member tickets for August.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 6, 2018
FYI, I like to go to @MOCACleveland when @PNCBank sponsors 1st FREE Saturdays (but not this month) https://t.co/V9OsL2yA2B
This month is extra special since @FrontTriennial has special FREE event. pic.twitter.com/0up2LHYsJP
@tkunsman, I recommend you learn more about @MOCACleveland events as part of @FrontTriennial in addition to seeing @ClevelandArt’s Infinity Mirrors.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 6, 2018
See these MOCA #Cleveland tweets:https://t.co/uBU53aDuKKhttps://t.co/qPz0gZhXQ9
The #FRONTart2018 catalog will be available at MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Transformer Station, SPACES Gallery and on-line at https://t.co/STKrPoqQGd https://t.co/rNRhcfbjeg— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) July 6, 2018
Definitely getting my endorphin boost this week. https://t.co/8MdIMCISoX— Fred Bidwell (@fredbidwell) July 8, 2018
Thanks to @CharLaFowler, @SherwinWilliams and The John P. Murphy Foundation, we're proud to announce FRONT Canvas City, a new app that enables users to virtually view murals —a part of #FRONTart2018—at their locations around downtown Cleveland. https://t.co/gVeluWaIMo— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) July 11, 2018
FRONT: Canvas City is beautifying downtown #Cleveland!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Check out Michelle Grabner's proposed mural.https://t.co/mFuLw5Bw13
Found mural via @FrontTriennial #FRONTart2018 mural app developed as part of @ClevelandArt’s #ArtLensGallery project.
See: https://t.co/5PnEYEndff pic.twitter.com/Ni7a3b9rLU
FRONT International Triennial Opening Day Press Conference
... our opening day press conference on Thursday July 12th, 2018 at 10:30 am. William M. Griswold, Director and President of the Cleveland Museum of Art, will join both Fred Bidwell, Executive Director of FRONT, and Michelle Grabner, Artist Director of the inaugural edition, to provide remarks, alongside the leadership of FRONT’S presenting partners. The event will take place at The Cleveland Museum of Art in the Gartner Auditorium at 1150 East Blvd, Cleveland OH 44106.
While in line getting my VIP access wrist band and a FRONT International bag full of literature about the event, I started a conversation with two women who came to Cleveland all the way from Los Angeles, California. I learned that they were donors to the project, and I enjoyed sharing with them the excitement of the day! We were soon joined by FRONT International founder, Fred Bidwell (@FredBidwell), which gave me the opportunity to congratulate him in person on the excitement generated by FRONT International. After he left to talk to more attendees, we were joined briefly by the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt) director and president, William M. Griswold.
Next, I went to the Museum's private dining room for a pre-press conference reception catered by Provenance (@ProvenanceAtCMA). As I was enjoying my orange juice, I was approached by someone who asked to share my table. I was excited to learn that he was the Akron Art Museum (@AkronArtMuseum) Director and CEO, Mark Masuoka (@MarkMasuoka). He told me how the Akron Art Museum now has Downtown@Dusk outdoor concerts. I let him know that I had written a blog post about the Akron Art Prize 2016, that took place at the Akron Art Museum, and how on vacation I was reminded of the Akron Art Museum's Inside|Out community-activated art project (see my Michigan Journey blog post) supported by the Knight Foundation (@knightfdn).
I enjoyed talking to several people at the reception -- it was great to see so many people here from all over the country. For example, Julie Schenkelberg is an artist from Detroit, Michigan, and gave me her business card. She joined Mark Masuoka and me at our table. As I was preparing this blog post, I saw Artist Talk: Julie Schenkelberg listed as a past event at the Akron Art Museum.
Following the reception, the grand opening started with a welcome by William M. Griswold, followed by opening remarks by Fred Bidwell and FRONT International Artistic Director Michelle Grabner.
I enjoyed several pre-#FRONTart2018 events, including one at @DigitalC_org's @MidTownTechHive in @MidTownCleInc that I wrote about https://t.co/kP2Rfqz90w— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Very excited to now take a vacation day to attend @FrontTriennial opening at @ClevelandArt & Preview Party at @MOCACleveland pic.twitter.com/7yWtq85Ae7
Excited by #FRONTart2018 venues!!https://t.co/R0R9mqaci0— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Including: @AkronArtMuseum @MOCACleveland @ClevelandArt @SpacesGallery @TransformerStat @Cleveland_PL @WestSideMarket @OberlinCollege @AllenArtMuseum@ClevelandClinic@PlayhouseSquare@CleInstituteArt
and more! pic.twitter.com/MYat9OovrY
#Frontart2018 press conference about to start @ClevelandArt— Akron Art Museum (@AkronArtMuseum) July 12, 2018
Front opens in Akron on 7/14–& admission on opening day is free! https://t.co/3IFyaxB7KH #contemporyart #ohiolove pic.twitter.com/fscXwUmMpx
Public Press Conference for @FrontTriennial’s #FRONTart2018 is starting.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
William M. Griswold, Director and President of @ClevelandArt welcoming us to enjoy. https://t.co/cLWEgRqfA2 pic.twitter.com/rTbUUX5jj6
So much is happening with this international #art event in #Cleveland!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Be sure to follow @FrontTriennial and the #FRONTart2018 hashtag for announcements.
See @FrontTriennial events https://t.co/kqLUqLdj0K and venues https://t.co/R0R9mpSBqs and enjoy exploring! #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/hKGMUwFyWC
On the July 12, 2018, I was able to visit three of the venues about which I am currently writing a separate blog post. I hope to attend many of the other venues, and to share my visits in my @sos_jr tweets and retweets and additional blog posts. Watch for announcements on Twitter and visit sosAssociates.com/Blog to see my journey.
Here is the list of venues with links to more details from the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial - #FRONTart2018) website. Location maps with more information can be found in the FRONT International Exhibition Guide PDF (download here).
Disclosure: I received a VIP pass from FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art to attend their Opening Day Press Conference on July 12, 2018, and the reception at the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt) that preceded it. The VIP pass also allowed me to attend events at other venues during the day, and enjoy the accompanying receptions at no charge. I also received a password for the FRONT VIP Portal, which gives me access to other special invitations and media information. I was given the VIP pass and a press pass to attend because of my support of FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art via my @sos_jr Twitter feed and blog posts. I enjoyed the Opening Day Press Conference and related events that day, and wrote this blog post to share my experience and my opinions.