Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffman. Photo by Robert Adler.

“All fields are closer together at this point than they have ever been before and if one is interested in a number of fields, as I am, it is really easy to move around in the conversations and connect experiences and knowledge.”

Before becoming a curator, Jens Hoffmann trained as a theater director and studied stage directing, dramaturgy and cultural sociology at the Ernst Busch School for Performing Arts in Berlin and the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Amsterdam. He is now deputy director for exhibitions and public programs at the Jewish Museum in New York City and, in 2012, assumed a second role as a senior adjunct curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, where he curates the museum’s major exhibitions. Previously, Hoffmann directed the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He has organized a number of high-profile international exhibitions, including the 2011 Istanbul Biennial with Adriano Pedrosa; the 2007 Lyon Biennial; and, as a co-curator, the inaugural Berlin Biennial in 1998. He also staged the infamous Sixth Caribbean Biennial with Maurizio Cattelan, a fictional biennial that saw a number of artists vacation in a resort on the island of St. Kitts in 1999. Hoffman has been a guest at the Center, visiting in 2011 for a lecture with local practitioners, and he is a contributor to Pigeons on the Grass: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2013.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Guillaume Pirard is a violinist who is a founding member of the chamber orchestra The Knights.

Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia seeks to create productions of classic and new operatic works that assemble the finest international creative artists, and present a wide array of programming that educates, deepens, and diversifies opera audiences.

Grants & Grantees

Jumatatu Poe developed The Flight Attendants, a satirical commentary on the service industry, during summer workshops with members of his company, idiosynCrazy productions.

Thom Collins on the Barnes Foundation’s efforts to “unpack” the museum’s collection and history through performance.

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Daniel Fishkin is a composer, sound artist, and instrument builder whose work is informed by his personal experiences with tinnitus.

Informed by first-person accounts of the Women, Infants, and Children (W.I.C.) nutritional assistance program, this mobile exhibition and series of public programs will explore the lived experience of welfare and expand the Philadelphia Public History Truck’s programmatic focus.

The Barnes Foundation presents a 1920s-themed opening party for the multi-part exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Professor of ethnomusicology at Harvard University, Richard K. Wolf specializes in the veena and mridangam Indian instruments, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in South Asia.

Choral Arts Philadelphia’s project 1734–1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach continues February 15 with renditions of Cantatas 14 and 147.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning.

Following Tuesday’s performance of Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, veterans will speak about the challenges of representing their experiences artistically.

Grants & Grantees

Classically trained on the harp since age 11, Mary Lattimore (Pew Fellow, 2014) incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, thereby extending the conventions of her instrument.