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Lunch on Fridays: Sam Falls

January 27 2023

When 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B. Lewis Theater

Sam Falls

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Spend your lunch hour hearing from photographer Sam Falls as he discusses his work and his moCa Cleveland exhibition during Lunch on Fridays at 12:15pm Friday, January 27 in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Theater.

Sam Falls: We Are Dust and Shadow is the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition. It offers expansive insight into his unique practice of collaborating with nature to create monumental paintings and sculptures. It will be on view from January 27 through June 11 at moCa Cleveland.

Falls works intimately with the core precepts of photography—namely time, representation and exposure—to create works that both bridge the gap between various artistic mediums and the divide between the artist, object and viewer. Working symbiotically with nature and the elements, Falls' artworks are ingrained with a sense of place indexical to the unique environment of their creation while imbued with a universal sense of mortality. With a reverence toward art history, Falls empathetically blurs the lines between artistic genres and practices, from modern dance and minimalist painting to conceptual photography and land art, boiling it down to the fundamentals of nature and the transience of life that art best addresses.

Falls was raised in Vermont and lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley. He received his BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2007 and his MFA from the International Center of Photography–Bard Program in New York in 2010. He has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Trento and Rovereto, Italy (2018); The Kitchen, New York (2015); Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2015); Pomona College Museum of Art (2014); Public Art Fund, New York (2014); and LAXART, Los Angeles (2013), among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2018); Le Consortium, Dijon (2017); Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio (2017); Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, England (2016); Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Menil Collection, Houston (2015); Museo MADRE, Naples (2014); and the International Center of Photography, New York (2013); among others.

Parking: Lunch on Fridays attendees may park in any of CIA's parking lots: Lot 73, Lot 74 and the Annex Lot, all of which surround our campus. Please note that signs posted around those lots correctly state that parking typically requires a CIA permit or visitor pass and that violators will be ticketed. However, to accommodate our valued Lunch on Fridays attendees, that policy won't be enforced during the program. Have questions? Please contact Reinberger Gallery at or 216.421.7407.


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