I was so glad that I got the opportunity to reconnect with Dr. Jennifer Hall. She has long been an inspiration and a touchstone for me in my artistic practice and my teaching practice. Jen was recently made Professor Emerita of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she taught for over 30 years. She may have retired from full time teaching (and I miss her terribly as a colleague), but that has not slowed her passion or her creative energy. From her beginnings in sculpture; to her groundbreaking work in electronics, kinetics, and design; to her work in the field of embodied aesthetics; to her work with other thinkers, Jen is my favorite example of an artist who continues to follow where her work leads. When I tell my students, "The era of the stupid artist is over," it is because I know Jen. In this talk, Jen and I discuss the trajectory of her career, but we also get into teaching, learning, the role of advanced degree study and the importance creating the space for conversation.
I hope you enjoy this show.
PS: It must be said that Jen makes the best barbecue sauces I've ever had. Ever.