FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

July 14, 2018September 30, 2018

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is an exhibition comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that will launch its inaugural edition in July of 2018. An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, in collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, will showcase an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater throughout the landscape and built environment. With a roster of national, international and area-based artists at all points in their career, FRONT will examine the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

FRONT artists exhibiting at MOCA Cleveland include:

Johnny Coleman

Cahoon Lounge, Stair A

Johnny Coleman is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working in sound, sculpture, and installation, based in Oberlin, Ohio. Upon Reflection (1) and (2) (2018) is comprised of two new sound installations in MOCA’s Cahoon Lounge and Stair A. Both works are extensions of Coleman’s Glenville-based project, Reflections from Here (2018), currently presented outside the vacant St. Mark’s Church on Superior Avenue and East Boulevard. Emerging from Coleman’s deep research in Glenville over the past nine months, Coleman’s sound installations at MOCA are based on these conversations and his exploration of Glenville through the lens of its large, small, and abandoned churches. Click here to read more about Johnny Coleman.

Cyprien Gaillard

Cohen Gallery

Much of Cyprien Gaillard’s work investigates the eccentricities, buried histories, and inherent cycles of renewal and decay in the urban environment. Through film, video, sculpture, photography, and various interventions in public space, Gaillard presents narratives and forms that reflect upon the often unacknowledged histories of monuments, cities, and landscapes.

Shot entirely at night over the course of two years, Nightlife (2015) connects a series of seemingly unrelated natural and cultural phenomena throughout Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin. Organized into distinct chapters, the three-dimensional film brings together an obscure yet significant mix of historical monuments and occurrences to form a hyper psychedelic experience. Click here to read more about Cyprien Gaillard.

Lin Ke

Throughout MOCA

Lin Ke explores the increasing presence and influence of digital and internet-based technologies through video, performance, animation, and sound. The artist often integrates screenshots and webcam videos of his computer desktop into blended or interactive works that probe the fluid boundaries of human behavior and technology. Click here to read more about Lin Ke.

Josh Kline

Mueller Gallery

Josh Kline’s immersive dystopian installation at MOCA Cleveland is a major component of his 2017 project Civil War. MOCA’s presentation of Kline’s work is a monochrome ash-colored environment, featuring a group of gray sculptures that appear to be piles of concrete rubble. The life-size sculptures are made of hundreds of highly-detailed casts of broken and shredded everyday domestic objects including furniture, appliances, tools and children’s toys. Together, they form a dark sci-fi vision of America’s middle-class aspirations as shattered ruins in the aftermath of a near-future civil war. Kline’s larger project Civil War looks ahead to the possible consequences in the coming decades of deteriorating democratic institutions in the United States against a backdrop of mass unemployment due to automation and artificial intelligence. Click here to read more about Josh Kline.

Walter Price and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Mueller Gallery

New York-based artist Walter Price was not aware of the late Wisconsin artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein prior to this exhibition. But presented at MOCA together, their works, which hover between abstraction and figuration, suggest a relationship in the artists’ surreal approach to both subject and material. Click here to read more about Walter Price and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein.

Martine Syms

Lewis Gallery

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. In this installation, Syms casts actress Fay Victor in the role of Queen White, a protagonist modeled after Syms’ great-aunt, godmother, and the famed Motown Records etiquette coach and director of ‘personal development’ Maxine Powell (1915-2013). For multiple generations of Motown, many African American, Powell was a guiding force, shaping the personas and styles of countless performers. Click here to read more about Martine Syms.


Generous support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Martine Syms: An Evening with Queen White and correlating programs is provided by The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts & Education Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Additional support provided by Sadie Coles HQ, and the Anselm Talalay Photography Endowment.

Generous support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Josh Kline: Civil War is provided by Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Additional support by Modern Art, London.

Support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Cyprien Gaillard: Nightlife is provided by Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation. Étant donnés is developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, the ADAGP, the French Ministry of Culture, and Institut Français. Generous support also provided by Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels and Sprüth Magers

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of MOCA Cleveland.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller. 

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.

MOCA Cleveland’s FRONT opening day festivities supported by Jones Day.