FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art has announced its exhibition director and curatorial fellow for the 2018 exhibition. Jamie Hardis was named as exhibition director and Lisa Kurzner as the associate curator. FRONT is a city-wide exhibition that takes place in museums, galleries, and unconventional sites throughout Cleveland. With the title of “An American City,” the inaugural exhibition is set to open in July 2018.
“I am pleased that we were able to find strong Cleveland-based talent to fill these important management and curatorial positions,” said Fred Bidwell, executive director of FRONT Exhibition Company, in a press release. “Jamie and Lisa’s experience with the Cleveland-area arts institutions who are our Presenting Partners and their understanding of the local artistic community will allow them to be immediately effective and continue our already strong momentum toward our inaugural exhibition.”
Jamie Hardis’s role will be to manage and coordinate the exhibition while working closely with Lisa Kurzner and the co-artistic directors, Jens Hoffmann and Michelle Grabner. Her experience includes exhibition management and administration; she has previously served as director of operations for the building of MOCA Cleveland. Hardis was also MOCA’s director of exhibitions.
Lisa Kurzner will work with Hoffmann and Grabner as part of a two-year fellowship. A Cleveland resident, Kurzner has experience as a curator, gallerist, and research scholar in American and European modern art. She has worked at Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Contemporary Art Society, London, and The British Council in Brussels. She has also worked with local institutions including Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, Transformer Station, Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Metro Health Hospital Systems as an independent curator.
“Lisa’s knowledge of the region’s artistic community will be so important to our work,” said Michelle Grabner, FRONT co-artistic director. “Although we will be bringing many international artists to Cleveland, we are eager to engage and discover area’s artists and create meaningful and relevant conversations between their work and outside perspectives. Lisa will be our eyes and ears in Northeast Ohio for the next two years and she will help us create an exhibition which is both of the world and authentically rooted in the community.”