The Smoker’s Etiquette is a group exhibition that explores social smoking as a vehicle for connection, vulnerability and intersectionality. Despite the health implications, a diverse group of people gathers here daily; friendships form, we play, share ideas, and a sense of safety is harbored. This exhibit depicts the regular visitors, their behaviors, the objects, and environment at the designated smoking area behind The Cleveland Institute of Art, in all different sizes, forms, and mediums.
What attracts people to social smoking? What makes it comfortable, safe, and inviting? What can we learn from the etiquette of sharing a cigarette, a lighter, a hit, a bum, a moment together? Our hope is that we can include our viewer in this examination. We hope to take these etiquettes of smoking practices into other spaces to encourage community elsewhere.
Exhibition concept by Daly Horton, as part of the Cleveland Institute of Art Creativity Works program, supported by the Fenn Educational Fund and the G.R. Lincoln Family Foundation. Huge thank you to Michelle Barnicky Stachnik for curating and Cain Park's Feinberg Gallery for hosting.
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