Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann is a writer and exhibition maker based in New York, Milan, and San José, Costa Rica. He has curated more than one hundred exhibitions worldwide and written more than three hundred essays, articles, and reviews on art and exhibition making since the late 1990s. Hoffmann is currently Senior Curator at Despacio Center for Contemporary Art in San José.

  • In the Meantime

    In the Meantime

    Speculations on Art, Curating, and Exhibitions

    Jens Hoffmann

    Writings by exhibition maker and writer Jens Hoffmann, charting a highly unique curatorial trajectory.

    This volume brings together a wide selection of writings by exhibition maker and writer Jens Hoffmann that outline his deep understanding of the interconnections among art, curating, theater, film, and literature. The nearly fifty texts include essays on artists, exhibitions, and curating; reviews of large-scale international group exhibitions; catalogue texts from exhibitions Hoffmann curated; and interviews and conversations with artists and other cultural practitioners. Collectively, these texts map the development of Hoffman's thoughts and agenda, articulating a highly unique curatorial trajectory.

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  • United States of Latin America

    United States of Latin America

    Jens Hoffmann

    This publication documents the exhibition “United States of Latin America,” held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), in collaboration with the Kadist Art Foundation. Bringing together their shared and ongoing engagement with artistic practices from Latin America, Jens Hoffmann and Pablo León de la Barra have assembled one of the most significant contemporary survey's of recent art from the region.

    Hoffmann and de la Barra's project draws attention not only to the geographic territories of Latin America itself, but also to its relation within the wider scope of the Americas, and its position in a global artistic context. This book offers a framework for critical insight into artworks dealing with crucial social, industrial, or ecological concerns, and also for interrogating the very categories and terminologies used to construct the notion of Latin America.

    This catalogue includes a conversation between Stefan Benchoam, Fernanda Brenner, Eduardo Carrera, Camila Marambio, and Marina Reyes Franco (moderated by Heidi Rabben), a glossary, a reflective essay by Hoffmann “after the fact,” and images from the exhibition.

    Copublished with Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Kadist Art Foundation

    Contributors Stefan Benchoam, Fernanda Brenner, Eduardo Carrera, Jens Hoffmann, Pablo Léon de la Barra, Camila Marambio, Heidi Rabben, Marina Reyes Franco

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  • Theater of Exhibitions

    Theater of Exhibitions

    Jens Hoffmann

    Theater of Exhibitions analyzes “art after the end of art,” questioning whether inherited frameworks of making, theorizing, and exhibiting art still apply to contemporary practice. The book also considers the current commodification of the art industry and the distribution of images in the digital age. Drawing from his formation in theater and his own curatorial work, Jens Hoffmann reflects on the spaces of contemporary art—the gallery, the institution, the biennial—and ultimately positions the discipline of curating in the context of a larger cultural sphere shaped by the political, social, and economic conditions of its time, while demanding new attitudes and new thinking. Hoffmann's theater posits the exhibition as an anthropological endeavor, and the curator as its agent.

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  • The Studio

    The Studio

    Jens Hoffmann

    The evolution of studio—and “post-studio”—practice over the last half century.

    With the emergence of conceptual art in the mid-1960s, the traditional notion of the studio became at least partly obsolete. Other sites emerged for the generation of art, leading to the idea of “post-studio practice.” But the studio never went away; it was continually reinvented in response to new realities. This collection, expanding on current critical interest in issues of production and situation, looks at the evolution of studio—and “post-studio”—practice over the last half century.

    In recent decades many artists have turned their studios into offices from which they organize a multiplicity of operations and interactions. Others use the studio as a quasi-exhibition space, or work on a laptop computer—mobile, flexible, and ready to follow the next commission.

    Among the topics surveyed here are the changing portrayal and experience of the artist's role since 1960; the diversity of current studio and post-studio practice; the critical strategies of artists who have used the studio situation as the subject or point of origin for their work; the insights to be gained from archival studio projects; and the expanded field of production that arises from responding to new conditions in the world outside the studio. The essays and artists' statements in this volume explore these questions with a focus on examining the studio's transition from a workshop for physical production to a space with potential for multiple forms of creation and participation.

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