CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Arabic word associated with the kind of date that comes from a palm tree is tamir. You learn this from Michael Rakowitz, a 44-year-old Chicago-based conceptual artist producing what may become the emotional centerpiece of the first FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which opens July 14 and runs through September 30 at venues across Northeast Ohio. Entitled “A Color Removed,” the Rakowitz project will be an installation accompanied by community dialogues at the nonprofit Spaces gallery, at 2900 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. The project explores issues raised by the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the African-American boy shot and killed by Cleveland police in November 2014 while playing in a park with a toy gun from which the orange safety tip had been removed. FRONT is the biggest and most ambitious visual arts festival in Northeast Ohio history, with exhibits at 19 collaborating museums and institutions in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, plus outdoor installations and six free “City Stages” concerts. It’s impossible to say in advance which parts of FRONT will resonate the most with viewers, but the Spaces project, which has the blessing of the Rice family, promises to be… Read full this story
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