FRONT 2022 - Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

July 16, 2022 through October 2, 2022

National Museum of Psychology


Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows is the second edition of FRONT International, a contemporary art exhibition across Northeast Ohio comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that takes place across Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin every three years. Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows embraces art as an agent of transformation, a mode of healing, and a therapeutic process. The title is an homage to a 1957 poem by author and activist Langston Hughes, who moved to Cleveland in his childhood and maintained an artistic connection to the region. The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology joins more than twenty locations in hosting this exhibition, including the Akron Art Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Public Library, moCa Cleveland, SPACES, and Transformer Station.


About the Art: The Hologram by Cassie Thornton

The Hologram, based on the understanding that all our crises are connected and everyone is a little sick, is a viral four-person health monitoring and diagnostic system practiced from couches all over the world.

Three non-expert participants create a three-dimensional “hologram” of a fourth participant’s physical, psychological and social health, and each becomes, in turn, the focus of three other people’s care in an expanding network. Visit thehologram.xyz/ for more information.

The exhibition will take place from July 16 through October 2, 2022. Visitors may view the exhibition for free during the National Museum of Psychology’s public hours (regular admission rates still apply to the rest of the Museum and Institute galleries).

About FRONT International

In 2014, community leaders, foundations, and philanthropists came together to research and evaluate the viability of a contemporary art festival in Cleveland. Their study concluded that a recurring festival involving multiple arts and cultural institutions, commissioning leading artists, and lasting three months would enhance the visibility and excellence of contemporary art in Cleveland while also driving economic growth in the region. As an outcome, an art festival that happens every three years—a triennial—was conceptualized for Cleveland, based on a model that has been widely used throughout the rest of the world and is becoming increasingly popular in the United States.

In 2016, FRONT Exhibition Company, a new 501(c)3 entity, was formed to plan, organize, and produce the first edition of the Triennial, “An American City”, which ran from July 14 through September 30, 2018. It featured more than 120 artists from around the world in 28 institutions and unconventional spaces across Northeast Ohio. The show attracted 90,000 visitors from more than 25 countries and garnered considerable press coverage in outlets such as the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Several of the artworks from the inaugural exhibition remain in place today, like Tony Tasset’s large-scale sculpture, “Judy’s Hand Pavilion,” installed on Toby's Plaza at Case Western Reserve University in University Circle. Learn more at www.frontart.org/

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