Critical Dialogues: Jens Hoffmann


Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tyler School of Art, Auditorium, Room B04 Temple University, 2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Tyler School of Art "Critical Dialogue Series" presents, Jens Hoffmann, Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. "Remembering Istanbul" will look into Hoffmann's recent experience of curating the 12th Istanbul Biennial, one of the worlds most important exhibitions of contemporary art. Hoffmann will in particular look into the conceptual challenges that an exhibition of this scale and importance poses and how those were creatively integrated into the process of making this exhibition.

From 2003 to 2007, Jens Hoffmann was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He has curated over three dozen exhibitions internationally since the late 1990s. Most recently he was co-curator of the 2nd San Juan Triennial, Puerto Rico, 2009 and in 2010, and co-curated, with Harrell Fletcher, the People's Biennial, held at five US museums, organized by Independent Curators International in New York. In 2009 Hoffmann founded The Exhibitionist: A Journal for Exhibition Making. He was nominated by the Menil Collection in Houston for the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2008.

Hoffmann is currently the curator, with Adriano Pedrosa, of the 12th International Istanbul Biennial in 2011. Hoffmann was trained as a theater director and studied Stage Directing, Dramaturgy and Cultural Sociology at the Ernst Busch School for Performing Arts in Berlin. He holds an MA in Theater from DasArts – School for Advanced Research in Theatre and Dance Studies at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Amsterdam.

Critical Dialogue lectures are organized by the Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art with generous financial and academic support from the department of Philosophy, the Architecture department, the Film and Media Arts Department, the School of Communications, the department of Art History and Tyler's General Activites Fund. All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Educational Events
Arts and Culture
Visual Arts
Cultural Exchange
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Puerto Rican
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American (United States)