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"Contact" By Renée Green

moCa Cleveland

  • Date Saturday, July 16, 2022 - Saturday, December 31, 2022
moCa Cleveland

Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) plays an urgent and exciting role in the city's cultural landscape. As a non-collecting institution and the region’s only contemporary art museum, moCa is ever-changing, introducing new exhibitions three times a year and creating... more

For FRONT 2022, Cleveland-born artist Renée Green has conceived Contact, her first major exhibition in the city, which occupies all of moCa Cleveland’s public spaces and radiates out into the city with workshops and film screenings.

A contrapuntal exhibition, Contact weaves together Green’s own works–some newly commissioned by FRONT 2022­–with a vast array of invited participants with whom she’s been in conversation through the years.

This relates to Green’s accretive way of working, developing exhibitions by modifying and subsequently re-presenting works and ideas in relation to other contexts. And while Contact coincides with FRONT 2022, the endeavor was initially conceived in 2019 and will continue through the end of the year, resonating with the triennial’s attempt to break the three-month exhibition format.

Engaging with moCa Cleveland’s unique architecture, this exhibition establishes a spatial, sonic, and cinematic conversation between multiple artworks and agents. Green’s pioneering aesthetic practice connects with two of the triennial’s key themes: a focus on the expanded role of artists as collaborative practitioners and the idea that the processes of artmaking can create essential bridges between people.

In addition to Green, Contact features the art, thinking, and voices of a diverse ensemble of artists and practitioners, including John Akomfrah, Marcel Broodthaers, Cinematic Migrations Workshop, Free Agent Media, Laura Serejo Genes, Lina Gopaul, Derrick Green, Index Literacy Program, Gabriel Kahan, David Lawson, New Humans, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Suneil Sanzgiri, Sense LA, Smoking Dogs Films, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Ian Soroka, Mika Tajima, and Pedro Zylbersztajn.

Photo Credit: Renée Green: Contact. Installation view at moCa Cleveland, presented in partnership with FRONT International's 2022's second iteration, Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows. Photo: Field Studio

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