May 9, 2012
by Canadian Architect
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery presents curator Jens Hoffmann as part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world renowned artists, curators and critics to Toronto, and is supported this year by the J.P. Bickell Foundation. The presentation takes place on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto.
Jens Hoffmann (born in San José, Costa Rica, 1974) has been the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art since 2006. In his talk “Biennials and Curatorial Ambivalence,” Hoffmann will discuss the increasing tendency of deskilling in the field of exhibition-making. Against the background of his recent project Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011, he will explore what standards of quality and professionalism in curatorial practice can be and point towards the problematic absorption of normative codes that can take place in the absence of thorough and innovative practices.
At CCA Wattis, Hoffmann has organized a number of solo and group exhibitions including Huckleberry Finn (2010), Moby Dick (2009) and The Wizard of Oz (2008), in addition to directing the Capp Street Project artist residency program and lecturing in the CCA’s graduate program in curatorial practice. Prior to joining CCA Wattis, Hoffmann was director of exhibitions at the ICA, London. He is also the founding editor of The Exhibitionist: Journal on Exhibition Making. The Power Plant is pleased to welcome Jens Hoffmann to speak in the context of this important lecture series and of the gallery’s 25th anniversary programming.
Admission is free for members, and $12 for non-members. For more information, please visit www.thepowerplant.org or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4000 to purchase tickets. Please note that if the event is sold out, reserved members’ tickets that are not picked up by 6:50pm will be released.