Nicholas Buffon 1

Nicholas Buffon, Shadows on the Square, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 13 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

Woody De Othello 1

Woody De Othello, At Night I Can't Sleep, 2018, ceramic, glaze, curved wood, glass, 50 x 28 x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco  

Nasser Al-Salem

Nasser Al-Salem, Arabi/Gharbi (Arab/Foreigner), 2016, neon, 54 x 119 1/2 in., Courtesy of the artist and Athr, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, photography by Jerry Birchfield

Gerard Byrne

Gerard Byrne, In Our Time, 2017, Single channel film installation (Rear projection, mise-en-scene elements including vintage JBL 4425 Studio Monitors, etc) with 8 channel audio, Dimensions variable, Photo credit: Damien Elliot

Walead Beshty 1

Walead Beshty, Office Work, 2017, (Apple MacBook Pro A1286 MC118LL/A 15" 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo), 72 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches, 184.2 x 41.9 x 41.9 cm (WB 17/011) 

Jamal Cyrus 1

Jamal Cyrus, Pride Record findings—Tokyo, 2005-2016, collage on paper, wood paneling, wood shelving and plastic bags, 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1/4 in., Courtesy of Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: Thomas DuBrock

Jessica Vaughn

Detail: Jessica Vaughn, After Willis (rubbed, used and moved) #005 (detail), 2017, 36 individual pairs of used machine fabricated public transit train seats (Chicago Transit Authority 1998-2011). Courtesy of the artist and Martos Gallery, New York
 

Maryam Jafri

Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Pepsi Baby, 2015, Framed texts, photographs, objects, Objects: 7.9 x 2 x 2 in. (20 x 5 x 5 cm) and 3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in., Text: 4.7 x 9.8 in., Courtesy the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea  

Woody De Othello 2

Woody De Othello, Sun Don't Shine Here, 2018, ceramic, glaze, curved wood, 45 x 29 x 29 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco 

Nicholas Buffon 2

Nicholas Buffon, Riding Past Ty's, 2017, Pilot G2 pen, acrylic paint, carbon transfer and matte varnish on Bristol, 7 x 9 5/8 in., Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York 

Walead Beshty 2

Walead Beshty, Office Work, 2017, (Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402), 72 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches, 184.2 x 72.1 x 72.1 cm (WB 17/008) 

Ad Minoliti and Li Jinghu

Ad Minoliti, Modular shelter (installation view) and Li Jinghu, White Clouds (installation view). Photography by Jerry Birchfield

FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

July 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby

For the premiere edition of FRONT International, artists from the U.S. and around the globe will offer perspectives on aspects of “The American City” at the Akron Art Museum. Works by sixteen artists—several newly created for the Akron Art Museum—include a major video installation, sculpture, photography and mixed media objects that will occupy spaces throughout the museum. The exhibition examines how we as individuals move through the urban landscape. Artwork reflects on ways that technology, communications, advertising, industry and popular culture shape socio-economic and environmental conditions.

Ireland native Gerard Byrne’s video installation In Our Time transports viewers into the studio of a 1970s or 1980s commercial radio station. Chronicling the daily routine of a radio broadcast, including infectious pop songs, weather, news and traffic updates, the video harks back to a pre-Spotify era when, as the artist points out, “people listened to the same things at the same time.” The studio set is meticulously constructed, complete with vinyl records, cassette tapes, recording equipment, wood paneling and guitars adorning the scant available wall space. A twelve-hour film, In Our Time plays in sync with the actual time of day.

Works by Visible Collective and Nasser Al Salem provoke reflection on being a foreigner in the U.S. Katrín Sigurðardóttir calls attention to forgotten locations around Akron and Cleveland by placing her sculptures in the earth. Artists in the exhibition include Nasser Al Salem, Walead Beshty, Vladimir Bonačić, Nicholas Buffon, Gerard Byrne, Sean Connelly, Jamal Cyrus, Woody De Othello, Willie Doherty, Maryam Jafri, Li Jinghu, Ad Minoliti, Brenna Murphy, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Jessica Vaughn and Visible Collective. 

This exhibition is presented as part of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Its presentation at the Akron Art Museum is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust, The J. M. Smucker Company, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLC and Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Works by Sean Connelly, Ad Minoliti, and Katrín Sigurðardóttir are commissioned for An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises is presented by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art with support from the Knight Foundation and the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation. Work by FRONT residency artists: Sean Connelly, Ad Minoliti, and Li Jinghu, is made possible with support from the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion program. Vladimir Bonačić is made possible with support from Yelena Bonačić Boxer.

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Explore all of the FRONT: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art Venues

Allen Memorial Art Museum

  Cleveland Clinic   Cleveland Institute of Art
         
Cleveland Museum of Art   Cleveland Public Library   Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
         
FRONT Porch
PNC Glenville Arts Campus
  Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland   Playhouse Square
         
Richard D. Baron ‘64 Gallery   Rock and Roll Hall of Fame   SPACES
         
St. John’s Episcopal Church   Steamship William G. Mather,
Great Lakes Science Center
  Toby’s Plaza,
Case Western Reserve University
         
Transformer Station   Weltzheimer/Johnson
Usonian House, Oberlin College
  West Side Market

Radio Radio: A Discussion of Gerard Byrne's In Our Time with 91.3 The Summit DJ Brad Savage

July 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Radio Radio: A Discussion of Gerard Byrne's In Our Time with 91.3 The Summit DJ Brad Savage

July 26, 2018, 7:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Come for the Downtown@Dusk concert (Latin Jazz with Sammy DeLeon) and visit the galleries during the band break for a discussion with DJ Brad Savage of 91.3 The Summit.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

image: Gerard Byrne, In Our Time (detail), 2017, single channel film installation; rear projection including mise-en-scène elements with 8 channel audio, dimensions variable © Gerard Byrne; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photographer: Damien Elliott.

Perspectives from Across the Globe

August 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a gallery discussion with engaged Akronites from Africa and Asia. 

Perspectives from Across the Globe

August 9, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Join us for a gallery discussion with engaged Akronites from Africa and Asia, featuring residents from the African Market in North Hill and members of the Bhutanese Community Association. 

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

image: Charles R. Mitchell, Welcome, 1990, bronze, 108 in. x 96 in. x 24 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Beatrice K. McDowell in memory of C. Blake McDowell, Jr

Peace Circle with The W.O.M.B.

August 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Daritta Davis of the W.O.M.B. will lead a peace circle titled Imagine Life at Age 12. 

Peace Circle with The W.O.M.B.

August 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Daritta Davis of the W.O.M.B. will lead a peace circle titled Imagine Life at Age 12. This exercise will take place in the galleries with a tour of works related to urban life and social justice following the activity.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below. 

Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippin in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community. 

Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippin in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

image: Visible Collective, Disappeared in America III: Lingering Twenty (still), 2005, video, 4 min 47 sec, Courtesy of Visible Collective, disappearedinamerica.org

Record Cover Redesign Workshop

August 2, 2018, 6:30 pm

Create your own fictional band, write their story and rework a vintage record cover to reflect their sound in this hands on workshop geared towards adults and teens. 

Record Cover Redesign Workshop

August 2, 2018, 6:30 pm

Create your own fictional band, write their story and rework a vintage record cover to reflect their sound in this hands on workshop geared towards adults and teens.

$5 members. $10 nonmember. Register online using the button / link below.

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image: Jamal Cyrus, Pride Record findings—Tokyo, 2005–2016, collage on paper, wood paneling, wood shelving, plastic bags, 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1/4 in. Courtesy Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas. Photo credit Thomas DuBrock 

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby. 

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.
 

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Artist Nicholas Buffon will talk about his work, including works on view in FRONT that highlight LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron.

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Artist Nicholas Buffon highlighted LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the FRONT exhibition. In this talk, the artist will discuss his work and participate in a dialogue with members of those businesses and organizations depicted in the work.

image: Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, and carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 9 5/8 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

FRONT Tour: The Future Is Now: Technology in Art

August 18, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum. 

FRONT Tour: The Future Is Now: Technology in Art

August 18, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum.

Free for members. Free with the price of regular admission for nonmembers.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below. 

image: Walead Beshty, Office Work (Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402), 2017, Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402, 71 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 28 3/8 in., Courtesy of the artsit and Petzel, New York

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum. 

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum.

Free for members. Free with the price of regular admission for nonmembers.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.  

image: Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Pepsi Baby (detail), 2015, framed texts, photographs, objects. Objects: 7.9 x 2 x 2 in. and 3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in. Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea

Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work. 

Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

This is a Curated Storefront and Akron Soul Train Event

Free and Open to All

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron, including Akron Soul Train artist fellows, will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists. Artist talks will be from Stephen Tomasko and Gabe Gott from AKron Soul Train, and those from Curated Storefront will be announced soon!

Stephen Tomasko is represented in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, including the permanent collection of the Akron Art Museum. His work has been exhibited widely in regional group exhibitions and the subject of solo gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles, Australia, and France. Since the mid-1980s, Tomasko has made images of America, including bodies of photographs with diverse subjects ranging from jubilant celebrations of flowering gardens to the dynamic, strange beauty of county fairs. Today, he makes art full time in Bath, Ohio. Stephen was an Akron Soul Train fellow in September 2017.

Gabe Gott lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife, Sarah, the unwitting caretakers of a home for retired house pets. During the day, he works as a team lead/trainer for a market intelligence company based out of Chicago, but during his free time writes fiction and poetry. He has published a novel, Escapes (2014), two flash fiction chapbooks, The Ever-Present Moment (2016) and Dispatches from the Information Age (2017), and a poetry collection, Live Organ Transplants (2017). Gabe was an AST fellow in March 2018.

image: Joe Levack/Studio Akron

FRONT International Tour: Innovation and Obsolescence

July 24, 2018, 11:00 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of innovation and technology. 

FRONT International Tour: Innovation and Obsolescence

July 24, 2018, 11:00 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of innovation and technology—are they equalizing forces in society? Artists present both optimistic and pessimistic views of invention, offering new perspectives on the world and our region.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

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image: Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Ayds (detail), 2015 framed texts, photographs, objects. Object: 1.8 x 7.9 x 3.5 in. Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea. Coming to FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization. 

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization—how does it affect the social and economic dynamics of a city? Artists reflect on how public infrastructure and social spaces divide and unite us.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

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Find out more about FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art at the Akron Art Museum.

image: Willie Doherty, Dreams of Longing Dreams of Regret I-V, 2017, 4 framed pigment prints mounted on dibond, dimensions variable, photo: Joerg Lohse, image courtesy of the artist, of Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 

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