Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the second iteration of FRONT International, is a multi-venue exhibition that embraces art as an agent of transformation, a mode of healing and a therapeutic process. The title is an homage to the 1957 poem “Two Somewhat Different Epigrams” by Langston Hughes. A tender, brutal and provocative prayer, the poem meditates on the inseparability of joy and suffering. Expanding on Hughes’s invocation, FRONT 2022 explores how art making offers the possibility to transform and heal people—as individuals, as groups and as a society. The triennial also demonstrates how aesthetic pleasure—sharing joy through movement, music, craft and color—can bridge differences between people to bring them together. Finally, the exhibition suggests ways that art making can speak with power: showing people how to recognize and reimagine the invisible structures that govern contemporary life. The CMA is a presenting partner and will be one of the principal venues for FRONT International, with seven exciting contemporary art installations and performances, each on view at the museum from mid-July until early this fall. CMA FRONT Artists Michele Rizzo Maria Hassabi Firelei Báez Nicole Eisenman Julie Mehretu Yoshitomo Nara Matt Eich Tyler Mitchell More details will be announced by FRONT International.
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