Paul Ha

Paul Ha.
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Paul Ha.


Age 49

Occupation Director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center

Residence Brookline

You recently came here from St. Louis. Which city do you find more stylish?


I’m not going to compare the two cities. Both are forward thinking and both have pockets of people who are very fashion conscious.

You’re very diplomatic. How do you approach getting dressed for the day when you work at MIT and also in an art gallery?

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For me it’s all about a uniform. Like the other MIT people, it’s about efficiency. I have a closet full of dark suits, white shirts, and black shoes. That’s my uniform.

You’re very monochromatic.

You won’t find anything with color in my closet. It’s all black and white.

Since you’ve arrived here, have you found places that are particularly aesthetically pleasing?

Right now I’m just trying to discover the MIT campus and meet all the art people. I’m getting to know all these new people, and they invite me to restaurants and different places. But I think many of the fashionable people I’ve seen so far are at the ICA openings and also at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opening party. I took note of how fashionable people were. — C.M.

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