Marfa Dialogues

Lecture Series: “Remembering Istanbul” by Jens Hoffmann

24 March 2012


Ballroom Marfa and Marfa Book Company are proud is present a lecture by Jens Hoffmann, Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, at 2 pm on 24 March 2012 at Marfa Book Company.

Emerging, unusually, from a training in theater rather than art history or curatorial studies, Hoffmann has used his directorial knowledge in particular to articulate his unique approach to curating. From 2003 to 2007, Hoffmann was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and has curated over 30 exhibitions internationally since the late 1990s. Most recently he was co-curator of the 2nd San Juan Triennial, Puerto Rico, 2009, and was the curator, with Adriano Pedrosa, of the 12th International Istanbul Biennial in 2011. Currently he is the curator of the 9th Shanghai Biennial opening in October 2012. With Harrell Fletcher, Hoffmann developed the People’s Biennial, which was presented in 2010 and 2011 at five US museums. In 2009 he founded The Exhibitionist: A Journal for Exhibition Making and is editor-at-large of Mousse magazine. He is currently the Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts where he also directs the Capp Street Project artist-in-residence program.

    [vimeo 52717366] Watch Jens Hoffmann’s lecture “Remembering Istanbul” from March 2012. Special thanks to Marfa Book Company.

    Special thanks to Marfa Book Company.