On Thursday, July 12, 2018, I took a vacation day to attend the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial - #FRONTart2018 ) opening day press conference. This blog post continues where my FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art - Opening blog post leaves off -- to share my experiences visiting three of the FRONT International Triennial venues in University Circle (@InTheCircle) and Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle).
The FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art Opening Day Press Conference took place at the Cleveland Museum of Art (@ClevelandArt), I started by exploring its five FRONT exhibition areas. It is helpful to talk to Museum staff to learn where to find all the installations, since they are spread throughout the Museum. In addition to talking to the Museum's guards to locate the installations, I was fortunate to join a curator talk that SUTTON (@Sutton) PR firm staff had arranged for the media about the exhibitions at the Museum. It was great to know the background of the art before going to see them.
Find links with details about the exhibitions on the Museum's web page entitled: FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Here is what I saw in the order in which I explored the museum. I think reading the information from the following links would enhance the understanding of the pieces:
Allen Ruppersberg: Then and Now
Sun, 07/01/2018 to Sun, 12/02/2018
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 010
I think it is an interesting idea to show views from the "...vantage point of billboards across Cleveland..."
Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper
Sat, 06/09/2018 to Sun, 10/21/2018
James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery | Gallery 101
I enjoyed Kerry James's drawings and prints, and want to learn more about how the prints were created.
Agnieszka Kurant: The End of Signature
Sat, 07/14/2018 to Sun, 09/30/2018
East wing facade
"To make this work, Kurant collected signatures from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s employees and trustees that she later aggregated into a single inscription using software that she developed with a computer programmer."
Marlon de Azambuja and Luisa Lambri
Sat, June 3, 2018 to Sun, December 30, 2018
Betty T. and David M. Schneider Gallery | Gallery 218
"This installation combines new commissions by Marlon de Azambuja (Brazilian, born 1978) and Luisa Lambri (Italian, born 1969)."
Sat, 07/14/2018 to Sun, 09/30/2018
Ingalls Library (@IngallsLibrary)
"Jovanovich’s installation marks the first time the Ingalls Library is being used to present a contemporary exhibition."
On July 12, 2018, the Cleveland Museum of Art not only had all the activity surrounding the FRONT International Triennial's Opening Day Press Conference, but also had crowds of people attending Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. The Museum is a very busy place! Learn more about the exhibition in my blog post: Preview: Cleveland Museum of Art's "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors"
In my December 2015, blog post, Bloggers Night Out in University Circle, I wrote about a huge surprise when my art teacher from the classes I took at the Cleveland Museum of Art as a teenager happened to come to Cleveland to see the Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition the same time as I did. As I was looking at FRONT International Triennial's Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper prints, I was surprised again when my Cleveland Museum of Art art teacher, Mr. Moore, walked in. It was so great to see him again! Mr. Moore came to Cleveland to see the FRONT International Triennial. He also invited me to see a show he is curating at The Galleries at Cleveland State University (@CLE_State - @CSUArtGallery) called “Demise,” which runs August 31 through October 5, 2018. John L. Moore was the assistant curator in the Museum's education department when I was in high school. As I was writing this blog, I showed my son my drawing from Mr. Moore's class that my mother liked so much, she had it framed. The drawing is now hanging in our living room.
I talked to the guards at the front of the Cleveland Museum of Art to find out where Agnieszka Kurant: The End of Signature was located. After going outside to see the piece, I returned to show the guards my photos. They had not yet had the opportunity to see The End of Signature, and when I showed it to them, they remembered that they had provided their own signature to be aggregated to create the neon sign. It was fun to hear the joy the guards had in knowing that their signatures were part of the artwork being displayed!
The FRONT International Triennial was the first time there has been an exhibition in the Museum's Ingalls Library and Museum Archives (@IngallsLibrary). From the earlier curator talk that SUTTON had arranged, I learned that the Ingalls Library is the third largest art library in the nation. This was my first time visiting the Library, and I took time to talk to some of the staff to learn what the collection contained. My cousin, Matt Smith, had a piece in the May Show (an annual juried exhibition of the works of northeast Ohio artists every spring from 1919 to 1993), so I asked if the library would have a photo of his work. Alas, I was told they don't have photos of artists' work for the time period of my cousin's exhibit, but they do have the artists' entry cards, which contain information about the work. (Learn more in Cleveland Museum of Art's May 26, 2017, blog post: May Show Records Online Now, and visit the May Show Database online.) As I was preparing this blog post, I easily found my cousin's May Show entry card, and learned that he was in two May Shows. The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives is open 24/7 for online searches at: Library.ClevelandArt.org
See my photos, and those of others, from the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art opening day, in my @sos_jr tweets and retweets while at the Cleveland Museum of Art:
The guard’s at @ClevelandArt are very helpful and knowledgeable.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Learn from the guard where the six @FrontTriennial #FRONTart2018 installations are located in the #Cleveland #Art #Museum. pic.twitter.com/Z2eaI20kRr
And so, we begin pic.twitter.com/5VZXcQxDxL— Bean Gilsdorf (@BeanGilsdorf) July 12, 2018
Very cool experience!!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
While at @FrontTriennial, I talk to my art teacher from art classes I used to take at @ClevelandArt when I was a teenager!
He no longer lives in Cleveland and he is in town to see @FrontTriennial.
Very good to see him again. Great @ClevelandArt memory! pic.twitter.com/Al543SFUCp
I am glad I got to hear a @ClevelandArt curator tell the backstory for Agnieszka Kurant’s “The End of signature!”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
The #FRONTart2018 installation means a lot more with the story.https://t.co/ecvOG2tZ9O
I need to come back to see this @FrontTriennial art at night. pic.twitter.com/xBwgi8pF0O
At the morning reception before @FrontTriennial at @ClevelandArt, I was joined at my table by @AkronArtMuseum executive dir & CEO, Mark Masuoka.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 13, 2018
He told me about some great concerts at the #Akron #Museum of #Art.
I found Downtown@Dusk on their website: https://t.co/IpvSi1C6io pic.twitter.com/WaZlBDePYi
After all the morning activities at the Cleveland Museum of Art, I headed to Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle) for lunch and to see the galleries at the Cleveland Institute of Art (@CleInstituteArt ). When you visit this premier, accredited Cleveland college of art and design, you can also see the current 2018 Faculty Exhibition, Critical Feedback, through October 7, 2018.
Twenty-one artists from cities surrounding the Great Lakes will have works on view in The Great Lakes Research, one of the many events that comprise FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.
This group exhibition will feature:
- Toronto: Alan Belcher, Paul P., and Scott Treleaven
- Milwaukee: Microlights and Paul Druecke
- Chicago: Nate Young, Jessica Stockholder, Diane Simpson, Anne Wilson, and Rebecca Shore
- Minneapolis/St. Paul: Joe Smith, Pao Her, and Bruce Tapola
- Detroit: Beverly Fishman and James Benjamin Franklin
- Cleveland: Christian Wulffen, Erin Duhigg, Amber Kempthorn, and Darius Steward
- Kent, Ohio: Gianna Commito and Scott Olson
FRONT’s website includes information on all the artists who participated in the Great Lakes Research studio visits and serves as a resource and archive, lauding examples of the cultural work shaping the cities dotting the Great Lakes watershed.
Along with the Great Lakes Research exhibition, related artist talks and gallery tours will take place at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
When I entered the gallery, I was greeted by a Cleveland Institute of Art representative who was available to help visitors learn more about the FRONT: The Great Lakes Research exhibition. She told a most interesting story about how, as a current CIA student, the college was helping her transition to a second career in the arts field. It was so great to hear her excitement about her educational journey, and about the artwork in the current exhbition. Her story really made me to learn more about her art and design education at the Institute.
The gallery and adjacent hallway is full of artwork, and I hightly recommend people take time to visit. I really enjoyed it. My only suggestion for improvement is that the Institute should add labels with the titles and artists' names next to each piece of artwork. They do provide a list of everything displayed, but there are so many works, that it is hard to keep track of everything. The gallery attendants were very helpful, and when asked, not only shared basic information about the pieces, but also great background information. Be sure to talk to the gallery attendants when you visit.
Art and food!
Thank you, Cleveland Institute of Art, for the catered reception that began when I was finished looking at the galleries. The food was great! I met a man who was orginally from Cleveland, but was now pursuing an art management career in London, England. As I mentioned in my FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art - Opening blog post, it was great to see so many people from all over the world coming to Cleveland for FRONT International Triennial. It was great that CIA's President, Grafton J. Nunes, not only welcomed everyone to FRONT: The Great Lakes Research, but also mentioned the Collective Arts Network's (@CAN_journal) inaugural CAN Triennial, which took place July 7-29, 2018, at the 78th Street Studios (@78thStStudios). There are so many art events happening in Cleveland over the summer 2018!
After great time at @ClevelandArt for the @FrontTriennial press conference and touring the exhibitions, it is time for a late lunch in @UptownCle.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Next will tour @CleInstituteArt and @MOCACleveland to see more @FrontTriennial. https://t.co/R0R9mpSBqs pic.twitter.com/yz0oKgQqUb
At @CleInstituteArt for @FrontTriennial, I talk to a current @CleInstituteArt student. Very interesting to learn how the studies at @CleInstituteArt is preparing her for a second career in art.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
I am meeting the most interesting people today at @FrontTriennial. pic.twitter.com/eRqAhHlj65
@FrontTriennial’s #FRONTart2018 at @CleInstituteArt.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Learn from @FrontTriennial gallery volunteers that Darius Steward is from East #Cleveland and is a graduate of @CleInstituteArt. He works at @ClevelandArt. https://t.co/O2UMGoN4VH pic.twitter.com/111cYhoGml
@FrontTriennial, so far I have talked to people from Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, and a Clevelander in the art field in London.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
I am having a great time at #FRONTart2018 opening. So great that #FRONTart2018 will continue in #Cleveland through September 30th!#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/02LU8mpM5P
President Grafton J. Nunes from @CleInstituteArt welcomes everyone.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
He shares how great it is to have both @FrontTriennial’s #FRONTart2018, and @CAN_journal’s #CANTriennial at @78thStStudios, happening in #Cleveland! #ThisIsCLE summer of #art!
I had received an invitation to MOCA’s VIP Preview Party, so I decided to end my day at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (@MOCACleveland). Since it started after normal work hours, several people I knew from the Cleveland area were able to attended. It was great to see everyone's excitement at the opening!
There was a big spread of food (thank you MOCA Cleveland!), but I had heard that the galleries held interesting artwork, so I skipped the food and went straight to the galleries. It was a good decision, since I greatly enjoyed the galleries.
Thank you to the MOCA Cleveland Assistant Curator, A. Will Brown (@aWillBrown), who made a point to introduce himself and assist me when I was setting up the free Layar app to use with Lin Ke's exhibits.
Find details about the FRONT International Triennial artwork at MOCA's web page entitled: FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Cahoon Lounge, Stair A
Upon Reflection (1) and (2) (2018) is comprised of two new sound installations in MOCA’s Cahoon Lounge and Stair A
Nightlife (2015) connects a series of seemingly unrelated natural and cultural phenomena throughout Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin.
Lin Ke explores the increasing presence and influence of digital and internet-based technologies through video, performance, animation, and sound.
Josh Kline’s immersive dystopian installation at MOCA Cleveland is a major component of his 2017 project Civil War.
Walter Price and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.
Their works, which hover between abstraction and figuration, suggest a relationship in the artists’ surreal approach to both subject and material.
An Evening with Queen White (2017) is a mixed-media installation by Martine Syms (1988, Los Angeles, CA) that includes, 99 Subtle Maneuvers (2018), a new large-scale wallpaper work designed specifically for MOCA, and a four-channel video displayed across three monitors and a projection screen.
Here are the tweets that tell the story of the evening:
Fun to walk from @CleInstituteArt to @MOCACleveland in @UptownCle to see Tony Tasset’s “Judy’s Hand Pavilion” in the Toby Lewis Plaza at @CWRU!https://t.co/ESlwytc1Hz— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
I talk to others & we all agree that it needs to be in #Cleveland for years after @FrontTriennial #FRONTart2018 pic.twitter.com/BBtv0O9LxM
As enter the @FrontTriennial #FRONTart2018 gallery for Josh Kline’s “Civil War” at @MOCACleveland, I talk to the gallery attendant. She described the exhibition as a future dystopia. https://t.co/U5aZP4w7uL pic.twitter.com/oXivk64ozU— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Johnny Coleman’s “Upon Reflection ” — @FrontTriennial’s #FRONTart2018 at @MOCACleveland. https://t.co/TgcQ8ftqyY— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Can “see” #Cleveland’s Glenville from @UptownCle via iPhone video attached to telescope. pic.twitter.com/wkty60wT4m
When leaving @FrontTriennial at @MOCACleveland, I had opportunity to talk to @CAN_journal Editor @murkusmagurkus about #CANTriennial.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 13, 2018
He told me about graffiti artists I saw at @78thStStudios #CANTriennial opening https://t.co/XnHl5TAbZF and about other art venues I should see. pic.twitter.com/AMgUrT8t6t
Here is the link for more information about @CAN_journal’s #CANTriennial: https://t.co/tPyoAxsLpT— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 13, 2018
It was good to learn more about the art show from @murkusmagurkus after @FrontTriennial at @MOCACleveland.
JULY 7-29, 2018 • 78TH STREET STUDIOS pic.twitter.com/Pbb2OLahgV
Thanks for coming tonight! https://t.co/2PYCrDbtH8— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) July 12, 2018
Additional Tweets On the Opening Day
Here are my @sos_jr tweets and retweets that give a partitial overview of what else was happening on July 12, 2018. It is great to see so much happening throughout Northeast Ohio as part of the FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art (@FrontTriennial - #FRONTart2018)!
Jumpstart your FRONT experience and joins us tonight: https://t.co/iqcTQqZr4a— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) July 12, 2018
24 monitors in 2 days.— ClevelandFed (@ClevelandFed) July 12, 2018
Check out this time lapse video of our #FRONTart2018 exhibit being installed and come see it in person at our Money Museum. Admission is always free. We’re open this Saturday from 9:30am-4:30pm. https://t.co/BpbpbbRKPE pic.twitter.com/Vxox7oDU0a
Hey #Cleveland Twitterverse! Put your #3Dglasses on and get to @FrontTriennial #FRONTart2018 at @MOCACleveland in @UptownCle!!! https://t.co/cLWEgRqfA2— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 12, 2018
Can you tell me what you see in the video??
Think of @ClevelandArt in @InTheCircle. pic.twitter.com/Dxz9wPSo9l
.@FrontTriennial launches at Toby’s plaza @cwru and other locations @inthecircle @ClevelandArt @MOCACleveland @CleInstituteArt @AkronArtMuseum @TransformerStat @AllenArtMuseum pic.twitter.com/QBloZfcbpR— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) July 12, 2018
Have you or your family immigrated to the United States? Or perhaps you or your family were part of The Great Migration or another mass migration of people within the United States? If so we would love to hear your stories: pic.twitter.com/QIn1jgoWWn— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) July 12, 2018
Here is your Thursday evening Stanczak mural update. It’s starting to come together. pic.twitter.com/9senUCNRou— Kevin Leeson (@inthewabe) July 12, 2018
Still wondering what a triennial is? join us this Saturday at the #GlenvilleFRONTporch for a conversation with our Artistic Director Michelle Grabner, and Ingrid Schaffner, Curator, Carnegie International, @cmoa: https://t.co/sxwbdYG5Zq— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) July 12, 2018
Euclid Ave will be closed this Saturday for City Stages, presented by @ClevelandArt and @FrontTriennial! Here are your available parking and transportation options to and from the Circle! For more info, check out @uGOcircle! pic.twitter.com/VjIJRqVliP— University Circle (@inthecircle) July 12, 2018
If you have no plans for the next week, you've picked a good time to be plan-less, because there's a ton of incredible stuff to do in #Cleveland: @FrontTriennial, @CainPark Arts Festival, @HamiltonMusical, @taylorswift13, Lakewood Summer Meltdown & more.https://t.co/WATIOmM0K3 pic.twitter.com/Uy57s50XFq— Scott Suttell (@ssuttell) July 12, 2018
Tweets After the @FrontTriennial Opening Day
Here are some of our @sos_jr tweets and retweets from after the opening day. In addition to the photos on Twitter in the following tweets, please be on the lookout for interesting articles about @FrontTriennial #FRONTart2018 that people have shared. Please share any photos, videos, and articles that you find interesting by retweeting. FYI, clicking on Twitter photos will enlarge them!
My wife says she can tell I enjoyed #FRONTart2018 since I have been talking nonstop since I woke up telling her about all I saw at @ClevelandArt, @CleInstituteArt, & @MOCACleveland. I also enjoyed talked to many interesting peoplehttps://t.co/luvSgViivr— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 13, 2018
Thanks @FrontTriennial!! pic.twitter.com/lllRSyeT1e
Great pic!— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) July 13, 2018
Get a jump on the weekend and take a lunch break at MOCA. Josh Kline will discuss his current work, Civil War, with Senior Curator Andria Hickey. A limited number of box lunches will be available for purchase. pic.twitter.com/otBGHObwYx— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) July 13, 2018
The library will be open tomorrow Saturday, July 14th for the @FrontTriennial, come see our installations by Luisa Lambri and Alex Jovanovich. (Alex Jovanovich, July 14, 2018 – September 30, 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo The Cleveland Museum of Art) pic.twitter.com/by0pRvuqd3— Ingalls Library (@IngallsLibrary) July 13, 2018
The lecture’s subtitle is “Chinese Art and American Context in the Age of Xi and Trump” and features two fantastic curators from Chinese museums #FRONTart2018— Daniel Dudley (@daniel_dudley) July 13, 2018
Congratulations to @FrontTriennial on its opening gala tonight! All of us at @PNCBank are excited to see the contemporary #art exhibitions you'll bring to NE Ohio this summer. pic.twitter.com/PIJDOOo5Y2— Shannon Mortland_PNC (@ShannonM_PNC) July 13, 2018
GET READY!!!@MOCACleveland kicks off the summer season with a day-long celebration that includes FREE museum admission, an interactive town hall dialogue, hands-on activities, and an evening concert.— Uptown Cleveland (@UptownCle) July 13, 2018
Details: https://t.co/36M3cj0u4V#UptownCLE #FRONTart2018 pic.twitter.com/Wlxrjb8XzC
Party in the streets! Join us tomorrow for our kickoff party supported by our Lead Sponsor @UHhospitals, an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 50 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio: https://t.co/0Y3rovqQkd— FRONT International (@FrontTriennial) July 13, 2018
Worth watching the accompanying historical videos pic.twitter.com/nXrPemkz27— Bean Gilsdorf (@BeanGilsdorf) July 13, 2018
RED-WHITE | @FrontTriennial CLE Triennial for Contemporary Art: An American City, July 14-Sept 30, w/roster of national, international & area-based artists at all points in their career, FRONT examines ever-changing & politically urgent conditions of an American city. pic.twitter.com/BaBWB0vUpF— Terminal Tower CLE (@TowerLightsCLE) July 13, 2018
Want to hear what's most important to women? Check out the Glenville Exchanges tomorrow morning at the @PNCBank Glenville Arts Campus. 10:30 am. 1464 E. 105th St. It's part of the @FrontTriennial. https://t.co/3k2Lx7qzEF— Shannon Mortland_PNC (@ShannonM_PNC) July 13, 2018
You coming tomorrow for the Opening Day of FRONT? Admission to the FRONT exhibition at #AkronArtMuseum is FREE for Everybody tomorrow 7/14/18 from 11 am to 5 pm. Don't miss it: https://t.co/XrdkQoPJp3— Akron Art Museum (@AkronArtMuseum) July 13, 2018
Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018 #FRONTart2018 #contemporaryart pic.twitter.com/J2p1XyN4wq
Thank you @DanMorganPhoto for being my volunteer buddy today! It was cool running into so many people + meeting those from Utah, Colorado, Michigan, California, New York and beyond. Tomorrow is the big public opening of @FrontTriennial pic.twitter.com/Ohmyn3ctMX— Arabella Proffer (@VendettaBella) July 14, 2018
It was an incredible week to be an art enthusiast in Cleveland!— i heart cleveland (@iheartclev) July 14, 2018
From the wildly, trippy but deeply moving #infinitekusama exhibit at the @clevelandart...to the opening weekend of our… https://t.co/bTktFUBgrO
Amazing day at @FrontTriennial, full of beauty, intrigue, curiosity and conversation.— Mac Joseph (@BMacJ) July 14, 2018
Thank you @columbusmuseum for hosting, and of course to @ClevelandArt, @MOCACleveland, @ClevelandFed and @spacesgallery for your hospitality & support of the arts! #CMAcontemporaries pic.twitter.com/iVwVnSsBpK
The CMA is proud to be part of @FrontTriennial, open NOW! Learn more about the various installations across Northeast Ohio at https://t.co/V8XECXdy5K , & visit https://t.co/IVfhGRqegD to check out the FRONT installations at CMA! Image: "Allen Ruppersberg: Then and Now" at CMA. pic.twitter.com/0B397lIa9R— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) July 14, 2018
Calling all #artlovers! Our @FrontTriennial exhibit is now open to the public! Located ON BOARD #Steamship William G. Mather, guests can enjoy a #free viewing of Allan Sekula's documentary, "Fish Story and Lottery of the Sea." #FRONTArt #StayCuriousCLEhttps://t.co/EBoIh6Wrmh pic.twitter.com/kcB5sCCOMt— Great Lakes Science (@GLScienceCtr) July 14, 2018
We’re thrilled to see so many engaged & caring guests today for our #ForFreedoms conversation. We’re talking Freedom of Expression through the eyes of artists’ and their subjects. #FRONTart2018 pic.twitter.com/5u8RWDW4iE— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) July 14, 2018
Check out @FrontTriennial's contemporary art exhibition when it opens today, featuring 110 artists at 23 venues—including the 25-foot-tall "Judy's Hand Pavillion" sculpture in Toby's Plaza. https://t.co/mWgeDeugEx— Case Western Reserve (@cwru) July 14, 2018
Public right-of-way put to great community use by #CityStages thanks to great programming, smart permitting, planning, by @FrontTriennial @CityofCleveland @GCRTA @clevelandart @cleveLANDstudio @inthecircle @UptownCle pic.twitter.com/LOji6v2htJ— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) July 15, 2018
Gotta hand it to @FrontTriennial - they know how to throw a party! Our #FRONTart2018 opening weekend celebration continues with @ClevelandArt City Stages at 7:30 and extended gallery hours at MOCA until 10PM. pic.twitter.com/4YtjTy07eY— MOCA Cleveland (@MOCACleveland) July 14, 2018
TONIGHT at 7:30pm, CMA & @fronttriennial present the 1st concert in City Stages, a new partnership expanding CMA's summer concert series ft. global music! LOCATION: Euclid Ave, between Mayfield Road and East 115th Street. https://t.co/ootQ3NGUlx #frontart2018 #CMACityStages pic.twitter.com/5Lj4BYUjCJ— ClevelandArt (@ClevelandArt) July 14, 2018
No one knew what to expect...but the new @FrontTriennial kicked off with a party. Cutting-edge, political art & music festival could elevate Cleveland on the international stage... Urban, embedded, free. Anyway we had fun dancing like mad on Euclid. #CityStages pic.twitter.com/d3z8gQS8jA— Joshua Jones (@Josh_CLE) July 15, 2018
This installation, “The American Library”, is comprised of approximately 6,000 books, each wrapped in colorful African cloth, and stamped upon gold ink of each spine is the name of a first- or second-generation immigrant to the US.. There’s even a section of Clevelanders! Th… pic.twitter.com/KLiTNqqHbg— CLEVELAND/EVERYTHING (@CLEeverything) July 14, 2018
Great night @inthecircle & @Cleveland_PL celebrating @FrontTriennial w/ 3000 of our closest friends, ty @fredbidwell for being a force of nature to make this so - we live in a great @CityofCleveland & now more people know - looking forward to taking in all 28 locations pic.twitter.com/AFoi7KN9lC— joecimperman (@joecimperman) July 15, 2018
We're honored to be a part of Front International! Learn more about this contemporary art exhibition: https://t.co/BTSi2Ut2Xr— Playhouse Square (@playhousesquare) July 13, 2018
Powerful #Asiandopeboys performance among highlights of @FrontTriennial preview days, opening weekend: https://t.co/KOO0HEr4kq @fredbidwell @lilliankuri @ClevelandArt @AkronArtMuseum @spacesgallery @TransformerStat @rockhall @CleInstituteArt @MOCACleveland @AllenArtMuseum pic.twitter.com/bh3l7RA1WI— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) July 15, 2018
.@FrontTriennial installation by Yinka @SHONIBARESTUDIO @Cleveland_PL is a massive glorious test of cultural literacy, full of surprise and delight. @fredbidwell @TransformerStat @ClevelandArt @MOCACleveland pic.twitter.com/JEOiQZCYFy— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) July 16, 2018
Stuart - you are a #godsend :)— Laura McShane (@LauraMcShaneCLE) July 18, 2018
I like big art (and I cannot lie) so the Judy's Hand sculpture by Tony Tasset located at Toby's Plaza at Case Western Reserve University is becoming a favorite. Pics and short video at https://t.co/5ydDRkORn6 pic.twitter.com/yoqWNUk5EA— Dan Hanson (@DanHanson) July 22, 2018
Between visiting St. Louis the day after attending @FrontTriennial opening press conference https://t.co/A1xAqJbamC and being very busy with @CleGiveCamp https://t.co/umg8sn4VFB, I now have time to plan more @FrontTriennial site visits! https://t.co/Hqk1sIT1E0— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 25, 2018
So much to see!!!! pic.twitter.com/gEOutdvf6f
Yes, @FrontTriennial, I enjoyed his works during the opening of #FRONTart2018 at @ClevelandArt. https://t.co/gTg30mDBmp— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 26, 2018
Today I was looking at @ClevelandArt's web page about "Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper" to learn more about the woodcut prints: https://t.co/d5fjPtULp1 pic.twitter.com/FWZrWyVzLL
@CLE_State, great to see tweet about “Demise” #Cleveland #art show at @CSUArtGallery! https://t.co/DMRJJwxSwnhttps://t.co/lr41V5eGzp— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 28, 2018
At @FrontTriennial's Opening Day, Mr. Moore invited me to see “Demise.”
Mr. Moore was my art teacher at @ClevelandArt when I was a teenager. pic.twitter.com/S2C2h23nUc
Interesting!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 29, 2018
At @FrontTriennial Opening I visited @ClevelandArt's @IngallsLibrary to see #FRONTart2018 Alex Jovanovich exhibit: https://t.co/xzg1hoAj57
While at #library, interesting to learn it has info about my cousin's entry in the #museum's May Show: https://t.co/FPL9AWDmMK pic.twitter.com/wYuu25bjaZ
The @ClevelandArt's Ingalls #Library & #Museum Archives is open online 24/7 for research searches at: https://t.co/kYwZjD3LRa— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 29, 2018
During @FrontTriennial's Opening was the first time I visited @IngallsLibrary:https://t.co/D8SdjMy2iX
Library & Archives Hours
In today's @ThePlainDealer: Dazzling exhibition raises visibility of black life in America: Kerry James Marshall @clevelandart: https://t.co/wd9gIubYoo @inthecircle, @CuyArtsC @CultureForward pic.twitter.com/fbBZUonish— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) July 29, 2018
Disclosure: I received a VIP pass from FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art to attend the Opening Day activities. The VIP pass allowed me to attend events at several venues during the day, and enjoy the receptions at each location. 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 events, and wrote this blog post to share my experience and my opinions.