Monday, February 21, 2011

Michael Hall on Art & Design

Received these two videos from Mike Hall of his conversations with John Sauve, whose program Art & Design runs on public access TV. Hall, for those of you who don't know, was sculptor-in-residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art prior to Heather McGill. He's also an authority on folk and regional art, among other things, and along with his spouse Pat Glascock he has an amazing collection of salt-and-pepper shakers. (Click here to read my 2004 Metro Times article on the S &Ps and here to read my review of Hall's 2004 retrospective at the Scarab Club.) In these two videos Hall talks about his personal background and his artwork. I hope that John will have Mike on again to talk about his other interests. These videos are important documentation of the thought process of one of the smartest guys in the Detroit or any other artworld.

Michael Hall from john w sauve on Vimeo.

Michael Hall from john w sauve on Vimeo.


  1. Thank you for this interview - While we didn't always have a lot of one-on-one time with Michael in the late 1980s-- he and his work indirectly influenced me as an 20-something-aged artist, and still today, in his socio-politics and large-scale his site work -- I now understand his conflict re: the poetic and the political and his long-term interest in folk art; I had not heard this intimate a dialogue about his background and early days as an artist and hiring at Cranbrook. From Lycia Trouton Cranbrook Sculptor, graduated 1991. Now living in Toronto. Recent installation about my Belfast-based and other sculpture: and Land Art 1990s

    1. Lycia, Michael has had a big effect on a lot of folks. Enjoyed surfing your site. You might be interested in this more recent thing from Michael.