Gordon Hall is an artist whose work encompasses sculpture, performance, and writing. Prior to joining the faculty at Vassar they taught fine arts practice and theory at RISD, Parsons the New School for Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and in the Sculpture & Extended Media MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University. Gordon holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Philosophy and Studio Art from Hampshire College.
Hall has presented solo exhibitions at EMPAC, Temple Contemporary, The Renaissance Society, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and they have exhibited in a variety of group settings including Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, SculptureCenter, Movement Research, Brooklyn Museum, White Columns, Whitney Museum of American Art, Hessel Museum at Bard College, Art in General, Abrons Arts Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Drawing Center, David Zwirner, and AIR Gallery.
Gordon has contributed writing to a variety of books and publications, and in 2019 the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art published OVER-BELIEFS, Gordon Hall Collected Writing 2011-2018. Hall has been awarded residencies and grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Triangle Arts Association, The Jerome Foundation, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ACRE, Fire Island Artist Residency, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Since 2011 Hall has directed the artist project the Center for Experimental Lectures, which commissions and presents new lecture-performances by artists and writers that have been presented at a variety of museums and art institutions.
Gordon Hall is an artist whose work encompasses sculpture, performance, and writing. Their sculptures emerge from the world of furniture, and are often put to use by performing bodies who test out possible uses for Hall's ambiguously functional objects. Gordon Hall's interdisciplinary practice explores our practices of looking, requesting forms of care and attention that exceed conventional forms of legibility.
Hall has presented solo exhibitions at EMPAC (2014), Foxy Production (2014), Temple Contemporary (2016), The Renaissance Society (2018), MIT List Visual Arts Center (2018), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (2019), and Hesse Flatow (2021). Hall's sculptures and performances have been exhibited in a variety of group settings including Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2010), SculptureCenter (2012), Movement Research (2012), Brooklyn Museum (2014), White Columns (2015), Whitney Museum of American Art (2015), Hessel Museum at Bard College (2015), Chapter NY (2015), Art in General (2016), Wysing Arts Centre (2017), Abrons Arts Center (2017), Socrates Sculpture Park (2017), The Drawing Center (2018), David Zwirner New York (2018), Verge Center for the Arts (2019), and AIR Gallery (2021).
Hall’s books include Reading Things—Gordon Hall on Gender, Sculpture, and Relearning How To See (Walker Art Center, 2016), AND PER SE AND (Art in General, 2016), Details (Walls Divide Press, 2017), The Number of Inches Between Them (MIT 2019), OVER-BELIEFS, Gordon Hall Collected Writing 2011-2018 (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art/Container Corps, 2019), Other People's Houses (AIR Gallery, 2021), and Circling the Square: Words from END OF DAY (Hesse Flatow, 2021).
Hall has organized lecture-performance programs at MoMA PS1(2012), Recess (2013, 2014), The Shandaken Project at Storm King Art Center (yearly, 2012 -2016), Interstate Projects (2017), Brooklyn Academy of Music (2017), Artists Space (2020), RISD Museum (2020), and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Hall’s work has been covered in Artforum, Artsy, Art in America, V Magazine, Randy, Bomb, Flash Art, Title Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, and Mousse Magazine, and they have published essays in Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge, 2012), Art Journal (2013), What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (SculptureCenter/Black Dog Press, 2015), Documents of Contemporary Art: Queer (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2016), and Art in America (2018), among many other contexts.
Hall has been awarded residencies and grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Triangle Arts Association, The Jerome Foundation, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ACRE, Fire Island Artist Residency, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Hall has lectured about their work widely at colleges, universities, and residencies, including: Boston University, The Städelschule in Frankfurt, The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts, University of Maine at Orono, The University of California Berkeley, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, University of South Florida, Oxbow School of Art, Denison University, Hampshire College, Michigan State University, Yale University, California College of the Arts, UCLA, Columbia University, The Swiss Institute, The Charlotte Foundation in Kansas City, and The Piet Zwart Institute, and The Royal Academy at the Hague. Hall has taught at Parsons the New School for Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University, was a 2019-2020 Provost Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design, and will be resident faculty at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2022. Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Hampshire College.
Departments and Programs
ART 102 Drawing I: Visual Language
ART 204 Sculpture I
ART 301 Studio Art Senior Project
ART 304 Sculpture II: Research and Production
ART 305 Sculpture II: Space and Place
ART 306 Studio Critiques