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Lunch on Fridays: M. Carmen Lane
Far From Being An Interruption: The Artist-Led Space, Extractivism, 'Overlooked Anchors' and the Politics of Place

April 19 2024

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

M. Carmen Lane, Jackal (Maybe I’ll Marry Her or Medicine Bag), 2023, Mixed media, 48x48, Image Courtesy of the Artist

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"When the creative impulse cannot flourish freely, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art."
– John F. Kennedy (1962)

Spend your lunch hour hearing from two-spirit contemporary artist, writer and facilitator M. Carmen Lane as they present "Far From Being An Interruption: The Artist-Led Space, Extractivism, 'Overlooked Anchors' and the Politics of Place" during Lunch on Fridays from 12:15 to 1:30pm Friday, April 19 in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Theater.

Lane will discuss the role of place and systems thinking in their practice as an interdisciplinary artist, founder and director at ATNSC: Center for Healing and Creative Leadership, a socially engaged, multidisciplinary and artist-led residency, retreat, research and exhibition space in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood of Cleveland—an ongoing work sited in a multi-unit residential home that was slated for demolition and reawakened in 2020. It centers the life and practices of Indigenous contemporary artists and artists of color.

Lane will share an overview of their work in conversation with the 1962 John F. Kennedy essay, “The Arts in America” as theoretical conversant to explore the potential of the artist as leader and the strategy of placed based arts interventions as both companion, answer and mirror. A city’s arts and culture ecosystem directly reflects the landscape it inhabits—storytelling and sound will be a part of this experience.

M. Carmen Lane (b. 1975, African-American, Mohawk,Tuscarora) is a Cleveland-based artist whose work explores Black/Indigenous identities, two-spirit and non-binary masculinities, intergenerational grief and settler colonial behaviors within human systems. They are the founder and director of ATNSC: Center for Healing and Creative Leadership, an artist-led incubator and exhibition space for socially engaged Indigenous artists and artists of color. They also work with arts and culture leaders on equity leadership and change through their consulting firm MC Lane Consulting. Carmen has designed anti-oppression learning experiences for activists/organizers, taught and lectured at university (including The New School of Social Research, Chicago Theological Seminary and Yale); published their poetry in numerous journals and anthologies and has exhibited their work in galleries and museums regionally and nationally. They are a recipient of the 2023 Artist2Artist Fellowship from the Arts Matters Foundation and 2020 Joyce Awards as well as several artists residencies. Lane is the author of Calling Out After Slaughter (2015) and is a current contributor to the Museum o Transgender Hirstory & Art book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects.

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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