Cui Jie | “FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art—An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises” @ Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Antenna Space is honored to announce that artist Cui Jie will participate in FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art—An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises. The exhibition will open on July 14, 2018 and last until September 30, 2018.
Led by FRONT’s Artistic Director Michelle Grabner, this multi-part presentation will investigate the significance and meaning of staging a large-scale international triennial in the contemporary context. Bringing together more than 55 local, national and international artists across mediums and disciplines, FRONT will partner with sites throughout the city of Cleveland and beyond to explore artistic collaborations, intellectual exchanges and curatorial dialogues connecting the city and the Great Lakes region to broader global, political and economic networks. FRONT’s ambitious program will weave critical approaches to museum exhibitions, public and educational programs, residencies, publications and research strategies in a complex presentation.
FRONT will collaborate with cultural institutions and site-specific locations in Cleveland, foregrounding meaningful partnerships within the city’s cultural fabric and urban history to present focused projects, oscillating between large-scale commissions and exhibitions by recognized artists and emerging practitioners. Grabner will develop these exhibitions in close collaboration with the institutions’ respective curators.
“As an experimental program of exhibitions, residencies and public events, FRONT investigates what it means to stage a large-scale international biennial or triennial today, looking carefully at the feasibility, necessity and structures of large art events, proposing alternatives and reprioritizing typical exhibition hierarchies,” says FRONT’s Executive Director, Fred Bidwell. “Simultaneously, it aims to ameliorate the often-lacking relationship between an event’s local and regional art scene and global artistic discourses.”
“An American City considers the complex transformations that Cleveland, Ohio, a medium-size city in the center of the country, has undergone in recent decades,” says FRONT’s Artistic Director Michelle Grabner. “It will take the city’s ongoing search for a clearer and more definitive identity as a platform to examine how its particular history might parallel those of other cities in the United States and around the world. Treating Cleveland as both a model of urban development and a physical site, the programs will elucidate the ways in which contemporary experiences of urban development are shaped by historical and current events, and how a city’s collective memory and sociopolitical imperatives can define its artistic and curatorial production.”