Explore the CAN and FRONT triennials with two bike tours this month | Art Stories and Interviews | Cleveland
One of the best ways to experience CAN and the Front Triennales featuring hundreds of artists and exhibitions across the city is with others and by bike.
Bike Cleveland offers two such opportunities: August 13 with Miles of Smiles: Euclid Beach Edition and August 17 with Not Your Average Slow Roll: W. 78th Street Studios Edition.
“Bike Cleveland has held rides as part of festivals or events in the past, but this is our first ride series that showcases art installations across the city in the area,” Jacob said. VanSickle, executive director of Bike Cleveland. “This is the first series of such events for the FRONT and CAN triennials, as both launched in 2018 and 2022 mark the second edition.”
For Miles of Smiles, riders will meet at Euclid Beach, located at 16301 Lakeshore Blvd., on August 13 at 10:30 a.m. and then race at 11 a.m. The ride will be a 25-mile hike visiting multiple FRONT and CAN Triennial exhibits through Collinwood, University Circle and Downtown, returning to Euclid Beach at 3 p.m.
Not Your Average Slow Roll: W. 78th Street Studios Edition on August 17 will connect to 78th Street Studios, located at 1300 W 78th St., and hit the road at 6:30 p.m. During the 13-mile journey, attendees will visit numerous FRONT and CAN Triennial exhibits through Gordon Square, Downtown and Clark Fulton, returning to W. 78th Street Studios at 9 p.m.
“This idea was brought to Bike Cleveland by FRONT staff member and Bike Cleveland board member Deidre McPherson,” VanSickle said. “In partnership with CAN Triennial Staff Curator Thea Spittle and Bike Cleveland Education and Outreach Manager Diana Hildebrand, they worked collaboratively to identify which exhibits to visit and the itinerary.”
The CAN Triennial is a free, regional exhibition featuring Northeastern Ohio artists selected by an intergenerational and diverse curatorial team. This year’s theme is “You Are Here” and will continue until August 31.
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a free public contemporary art exhibition comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that take place in Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin every three years. This year’s theme is “Oh Gods of Dust and Rainbows” and will continue until October 2.
These Bike Cleveland events could be a reason to exercise, see the city while investigating and supporting the arts community.
“Combined, the CAN and FRONT Triennials create the opportunity to see and experience contemporary art by over 200 artists, in over 40 locations and in over 10 neighborhoods across Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland , Akron and Oberlin,” VanSickle said. “Because the exhibits are set up all over the region, the organizers thought a great way to experience them would be through a series of bike rides that take cyclists on a cultural adventure to experience not only the contemporary art of our region and around the world, but also discover the beauty of our neighborhoods and our city by bike.Our hope is to create another way for people to discover our region by bike while exploring the strong artistic and cultural scene of our region.
On both rides, Bile Cleveland advises checking things like the air pressure in your tires, make sure you have working lights, wear bright or reflective clothing, bring clothing suitable for the conditions weather, a helmet, an emergency contact and cash as they anticipate a coffee and snack break, etc. Check the websites for preparation suggestions.