Thursday, June 6 at 18:00
Artis and the Center for Contemporary Art are pleased to present an evening with Jens Hoffmann, who will speak about his idea of the exhibition as a dramatic construction and the advantages and disadvantages of theatricality in the gallery space. He will focus on a trilogy of exhibitions he curated in San Francisco at the CCA Wattis Institute that were based on three iconic American novels: The Wizard of Oz (2009), Moby Dick (2010) and Huckleberry Finn (2011).
This talk is part of an ongoing lecture series presented by Artis and the Center for Contemporary Art.
Jens Hoffmann is an exhibition maker and writer based in New York. Since 2012 he has been Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Jewish Museum in New York. He recently curated the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012) and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). From 2003 to 2007 Hoffmann was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and from 2007 to 2012 Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco. He is editor of The Exhibitionist – Journal on Exhibition Making, which he founded in 2009. His book Show Time – a history of exhibitions since 1990 is forthcoming with Thames & Hudson, London in 2013. Since 2004 Hoffmann as been a visiting professor at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan.