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e-flux Announcements: Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools

November 3, 2021

October 27, 2021

Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools
FRONT 2022 preview exhibition
October 8, 2021–January 2, 2022


FRONT International launches a preview exhibition that introduces processes, themes, and artists for its second edition.


Since its announcement in January 2020, the second edition of FRONT International—entitled Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, after a couplet by Langston Hughes—has explored art’s role as an agent of healing, a theme that has become ever more urgent in the subsequent phases of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social crises. This preview exhibition, whose title also takes inspiration from Hughes, points both to the boldness required to envision change and to the everyday tools that might help to enact it.


You may carve a dream
With a humble tool.
—Langston Hughes, “Ballad of Booker T.”


How can the everyday processes of artmaking be transformative for artists and their communities? How can art catalyze healing?


To explore these questions, the first exhibition of FRONT 2022, Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools, will embrace a uniquely transparent and iterative curatorial approach: existing artworks will be exhibited alongside projects still in development for next summer, and the show itself will undergo changes as artists add to, revise, and reconfigure the works being displayed.


By previewing the curatorial methods of the show in this way, Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools intends both to pull back the curtain on the triennial-making process and invite participation directly from Cleveland-area communities. Visitors will be asked to engage in activities related to each project, and the open-ended installation—which will extend across both galleries of Transformer Station and include a range of media—will also be a site for diverse public programs.


Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools includes: Jacolby Satterwhite’s Dawn, a utopic CGI fantasy film developed with residents of the Fairfax neighborhood and Cleveland Clinic; Dansbana!, a Stockholm-based architectural trio, creating a Bluetooth-powered open-access dancefloor in Akron; Leigh Ledare’s The Task, a discomfiting film that emerged out of close involvement with the Tavistock therapeutic community; Sarah Oppenheimer’s I-001-7070, a participatory sculpture that explores the potential for visitor input in gallery display structures; seating prototypes by architecture firm SO-IL, who are designing Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Euclid Avenue; tufted sculptures by Loraine Lynn, whose work expands on the idea of gathering; as well as work from other FRONT 2022 artists such as Dexter Davis and Paul O’Keeffe, who both live and work in Cleveland, and Asad Raza, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, La Wilson, Renée Green, Tony Cokes, Wong Kit Yi, and others.


Art Therapy Studio, participatory workshops
October 10, November 14, and December 5, 2021 at 1pm EST
Transformer Station, with pre-registration


Grand, Humble Conversations
Premiering every month through December on FRONT’s website


October 29, 2021: Jacolby Satterwhite in conversation with RA Washington and LaToya Kent
November 19, 2021: Sarah Oppenheimer in conversation with Tony Cokes
December 10, 2021: Asad Raza in conversation with Loraine Lynn


Moderated by FRONT 2022 Artistic Director Prem Krishnamurthy.


Saturday film program
Saturdays, 3–5pm EST, October–December 2021
Transformer Station, Crane Gallery


Asad Raza, Minor History, 2019
Renée Green, Come Closer, 2008
Wong Kit Yi, A River in Freezer, 2017


Launched in 2018, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a free, public, contemporary art exhibition. Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the second iteration of FRONT International, launches with a preview exhibition in fall 2021, and the main exhibition will run from July 16 through October 2, 2022. Building on the success of FRONT’s first edition, FRONT 2022 furthers the Triennial’s commitment to the belief that by supporting creative communities and stimulating new cultural encounters in the region, contemporary art can be an important catalyst for positive social change.


Press inquiries: Dushko Petrovich Córdova, FRONT Director of Communications,


Click Here for e-flux Announcements Website

Transformer Station is Closing to the Public

December 21, 2021

Due to the rapid spread of Covid in Cleveland, Transformer Station will be closing Wednesday, December 22 through the end of FRONT‘s Preview Exhibition on January 2. If you’re looking for ways to connect, FRONT has Artist Conversations with Jacolby Satterwhite x LaToya Kent x RA WashingtonLoraine Lynn, and Tony Cokes x Sarah Oppenheimer available online, along with FRONT 2022 Artist Asad Raza’s Ge. Check FRONT’s website for more content and updates. Stay safe and see you in the new year!

Purchase an Artist Designed T-Shirt

November 3, 2021

FRONT x nyceCO screen-printed artist T-Shirt, artwork by Ohio-based artist Loraine Lynn, $30 USD (use discount code FRONTtee for 20% off!). Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Shop online here or pick one up at the Transformer Station front desk during your next visit!

FRONT: Benefit Auction 2021

September 22, 2021

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art and Artsy present The 2021 FRONT Benefit Auction.

Proceeds benefit FRONT International, an innovative and large-scale contemporary art triennial presenting free, world-class exhibitions, installations, and public programs across Northeast Ohio.


This auction features original works and limited edition prints created by FRONT artists or contributed by FRONT friends and patrons.


Exclusive offerings include a limited edition FRONT print portfolio featuring work by Michelle Grabner, Odili Odita, Kay Rosen, Julian Stanczak and others.


Online bidding opens on Friday, September 24 at 1:00 pm EDT and closes on Friday, October 8, at 1:00 pm EDT.


Shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. Lots ship from Cleveland or New York. Pre-arranged pick-up is also available. Please contact with further inquiries and for shipping quotes. Sales tax may be applicable and will be the responsibility of the buyer. Please note: You may be required to provide documentation of your identity in a form acceptable to us and any other documentation in order to complete the purchase. Should you fail to provide this documentation within a reasonable amount of time your purchase will be cancelled.

Picturing the Humanity and Dread of the Infinite Scroll

September 8, 2021

Picturing the Humanity and Dread of the Infinite Scroll

Tabitha Soren’s “Surface Tension” defamiliarizes the touch screen, where our warm animal bodies collide with the machine’s cold and boundless knowledge of the world.



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