Jennifer  Hall
Jennifer Hall
artist | philosopher
My education in illusion began very early.
As a child, I bounced back and forth between my grandfather, who descended from a clan of Hudson Valley School artisans and made his living by creating flawless copies of famous paintings, and my mother, who was a television producer in New York City. I remember when one of my grandfather's paintings was sold by some unsavory dealer - as an original. At eight years of age, my job became painting his name in liquid lead on the canvas before it was gessoed. Being the honorable forger that he was, my grandfather could then guarantee that his original copy of an original master was secured forever in the annals of art duplication history.

When I lived with my mother, I collected unused video footage and audio jingles from the postproduction studios - discarded artifacts from industry, repurposed as my art. I built tiny theater sets filled with scaled models of useless and absurd gadgets. I carefully photographed them to appear large and actual. By the time I went to college, I had a portfolio of video footage that I didn't shoot and documentation of useless devices that didn't really exist.

Current | Professor, Massachussetts College of Art and Design, Art Education Department
2015 | PhD Art and Philosophy, Institute of Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland, Maine
1986 | MSVisS, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachussetts
1980 | BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri