Jens Hoffmann


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Vortrag Curatorial Studies
Jens Hoffmann: How to do things with Museums: Institutional Histories and Museum Collections
Mittwoch, 9. Dezember 2015, 19 Uhr, Aula

Over the last decades, exhibitions have become vehicles for intellectual, cultural and socio-political expression. Yet, only a few have managed to successfully achieve a particular critical insight into societal concerns in regards to contemporary life and culture. In his presentation, Hoffmann will talk about his recent most recent exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in New York involving institutional histories "Other Primary Structures"
(2014) and the museum collection "Repetition and Difference" (2015).
Hoffmann will examine the relationship between history, art and exhibition making and show how history can provide a frame to understand the today´s political realities by looking at the past.

Jens Hoffmann is a writer and exhibition maker. He currently is Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum, New York. Since 2013 he is Senior Curator at large at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and was the Director of the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2008-13) as well as Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2003-7). Hoffmann has curated over 50 exhibitions internationally since the late 1990s and was curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennial (2012), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and the 2nd San Juan Triennial, Puerto Rico (2009). In 2009 Hoffmann founded The
Exhibitionist: A Journal for Exhibition Making. Since 2003 Hoffmann has been adjunct professor at the Nuova Accademia di Belli Arti in Milan. He was an associate professor at the Curatorial Practice Program of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco (2008-13) and a senior lecturer at the Curatorial Studies Program of Goldsmiths College, University of London (2003-10). His most recent books include "Theater of Exhibitions" (2015) and ³"Curating) From A To Z" (2014). Currently he is working on "Futurism: An Art History of the Future" to be published in 2017.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.