2018 Triennial Archive

William E. Jones

Transformer Station
1460 W. 29th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Wed–Sun: 11–5, Thurs: 11–8


FRONT Film Program

3000 Killed, 2017

Showtimes: Thursdays July 26, August 16, September 6, & September 27 at 6:00 pm, Saturdays July 21, August 11, & September 1 at 5:00 pm

Total run time: 100 min.

During the Great Depression, the Historical Section of the Farm Security Administration documented American society in photographs. The director of this program, Roy Emerson Stryker, was a social scientist rather than a photographer, and he decided which pictures made under the program’s auspices from 1935 onward were rejected, or killed. Stryker and his assistants killed approximately 3000 black and white 35mm negatives by punching holes in them. This practice continued until 1939. The killed negatives remained unprinted and unseen for decades.

This work includes images made by the following photographers: Paul Carter, Walker Evans, Theodor Jung, Russell Lee, Carl Mydans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, and John Vachon.


Shoot, Don’t Shoot, 2012

Showtimes: Saturdays July 21, August 11, September 1, September 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Total run time: 4:33 min.

Shoot Don’t Shoot adapts a law enforcement instructional film that trains officers to decide by instinct whether or not to fire their guns. The suspect in this sequence fits the following description: “a black man wearing a pinkish shirt and yellow pants.”

Artist Biography

William E. Jones (b. 1962, Canton, Ohio) has been the subject of many solo exhibitions and retrospectives at institutions, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2015); Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2013); Austrian Film Museum, Vienna (2011); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2010); and ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy (2009). Recent group exhibitions include Remastered -The Art of Appropriation, Kunsthalle Krems, Donau, Austria (2017); IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki (2017); On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, The Kitchen, New York (2016); Ordinary Pictures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France (2015); The Heart Is the Frame, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2015); In __ We Trust: Art and Money, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio (2014); Elements of Architecture, 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy (2014); and The Past Is Present, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013). Jones lives and works in Los Angeles.