Jens Hoffmann Rescheduled - Dec 7

About Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann is a writer and curator of exhibitions. He has worked as a curator since 1997 and is currently the Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He is currently a curator for the CIAC FOundation in Mexico City and Curatorial Director of the 101 Collection in San Francisco. He 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 is currently co-curating, with Harrell Fletcher, the People's Biennial, to be held in 2010 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 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 in Amsterdam.

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Lecture 7:30 pm


John Knight - Group Discussion, 7:00pm Monday Nov 16th @ Warner Studios

Since the late 1960s, the project of John Knight has managed to negate easy categorization, by assuming an immediate and critical distance from the overly generalized label of Conceptual Art. Instead, Knight assumed a more singular position, by not hesitating to re-employ object/subjects within the vernacular, beyond the simple reinterpretation of the ready made, or simulacrum, as in the case of so many other contemporary artists working at the same time. Recent projects include, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2008), Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello / EAAC (2008), Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (2008), Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin (2009) and at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona / Macba (2009). He recently had an exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art and is lecturing at the Hammer museum Nov 12th at 7pm. He lives in Los Angeles and works in situ.

In liu of studio visits, John Knight will be leading a group discussion centered around his practices oscillation within and outside of art discourse and other social/economic structures.
John has settled on the group discussion as his preferred format so feel free to bring any topics to the discussion. Here are some supplementary documents on his practice since most of it is difficult to present through visual documentation:

Who's Afraid of JK? interview with Benjamin Buchloh and Isabelle Graw:

Knights Moves, essay by Benjamin Buchloh:

I would also highly recommend attending his hammer lecture tonight at 7pm: