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Saturday, November 7 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Keynote Address: “I DO WONDER” by Jen Bervin

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Arts education is not so much about getting students to come up with the right answers, but rather, inspiring them to wonder and training them to ask better and better questions. Starting with the question, what might be meaningfully written on a nanoimprinted biomedical silk film sensor implanted in the body and why, Jen Bervin discusses how she approached her research process for The Silk Poems, a complex project that took her to silk bioengineering and nanofabrication labs, medical libraries, textile centers, sericulture farms, archives and museums all over the world. She’ll also show what the drafting  and editing process looks like as she prepares the piece for the exhibition “Explode Everyday: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder” at MASS MoCA in May 2016. 


Laura Thompson

Laura Dickstein Thompson, Ed.D. , MASS MoCA’s founding Education Director and Kidspace Curator, develops all of the museum’s art education programming. Thompson is celebrating her 25th year of working directly with children, teachers, and artists, and holds a doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College. She has been meditating for many years, studies Buddhism and secular mindfulness, and incorporates it into her teaching and... Read More →

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Jen Bervin

Keynote Speaker, MASS MoCA
Jen Bervin is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and writer whose works often combine text and textiles with strong conceptual elements and a minimalist’s eye for the poetic and essential. | | Bervin's work has been exhibited widely at venues like the Walker Art Center, The Power Plant, and The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and is held in more than thirty collections, including The J. Paul Getty Museum. Her project, The Silk Poems, will... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 10:30am - 11:45am
MASS MoCA: Hunter Auditorium