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Curatorial Lecture

Jens Hoffmann


PAST - Thursday, March 17, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Rm 102 Lasserre Building, 6333 Memorial Road, UBC

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The University of British Columbia’s Curatorial Lecture Series and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery present a talk by Jens Hoffmann, How To Do Things With Exhibitions: Art and Literature.

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 regarding contemporary culture. In his presentation, Hoffmann will talk about his recent trilogy of exhibitions based on three of the most iconic American novels of the last two-hundred years: The Wizard of Oz, Moby-Dick and Huckleberry Finn (2008-2010). Hoffman will examine the relationship between literature, art and exhibition making and show how literature can provide us with a frame to understand the today’s political realities by looking at the past.

Jens Hoffmann is a writer, exhibition maker, and is the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco. Hoffmann was the Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2003-2007). 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). With Adriano Pedrosa, Hoffmann is currently curating the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011). In 2009 Hoffmann founded The Exhibitionist: A Journal for Exhibition Making.

Hoffmann is a senior lecturer at the Curatorial Practice Program of the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, a guest professor at the Nova Academia di Bella Arti in Milan and an adjunct faculty member of the Curatorial Studies Program of Goldsmiths College, University of London.

The Curatorial Lecture Series presents lectures on contemporary curatorial practice. It is organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in collaboration with the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Department of Anthropology, with the support of the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies; and the Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689