Nell Painter is a famed historian.
Nell Painter is the author of important books.*
For most people, that would be plenty.
For Nell Painter, that was a start.
After retiring from Princeton, she decided to go to art school. And after obtaining her BFA and MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design, she wrote a memoir of her experience: Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over.
There’s just so much to take in—she talks about what “old” means, about the pursuit of life as an artist, about what it feels like to embark on an entirely new path.
I think you’ll love this conversation filmed during her visit to the Harvard Book Store.
The only other thing about the dazzling Nell Painter I’ll mention: I happen to know that she is a knitter. I mean, of course she is.
*Books by Nell Painter: