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FRONT International – Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art: An American City – Public Art in the City

  • Thwing Center, Case Western Reserve University 11111 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH, 44106 United States (map)

Paul M. Farber, Artistic Director, Monument Lab
Ken Lum, Chief Curatorial Advisor, Monument Lab
Melanie Kress, Associate Curator, The Highline, New York
Michelle Grabner, Artistic Director, FRONT International, An American City
Virginia Overton, FRONT artist
John Riepenhoff, FRONT artist

Moderator: Lisa Kurzner, Curator, FRONT International, An American City

A panel on Public Art will bring scholars, artists, curators together to discuss what public art can do, or should do in the urban environment. Cleveland is a city with a spacious built environment that has recently seen great renovation to public areas along the lakefront and city center. Art has and surely will continue to attract interest for in reshaping the urban core. How does the biennial model fit into this? What is the role of the temporary or permanent? Must public art be monumental to be effective? Panelists will include curators of nationally recognized city public art programs, each with specific models and goals. In addition, Michelle Grabner, FRONT Artistic Director, and FRONT artists Virginia Overton and John Riepenhoff will join to represent diverse approaches to the topic of making art in and for the public.

Contributors include two FRONT artists whose work integrates with the urban fabric in different ways and expresses diverse attitudes about the nature of artmaking and cultural practice today. Invited curators of public art programs offer two models; one, the Highline, in which art and programming is tied to specific tract of land. The other, Monument Lab, operates throughout the city of Philadelphia, creating projects with rotating teams of artists, students and curators that stretch the definition of monument beyond physical structures into knowledge-based monuments and shared experiences.

Image: Virginia Overton, Untitled(Black Diamond), 2018. Installation view at University Hospital, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. July 14-September 30, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York. Photography by Field Studio.