Performa Intensive Public Lecture

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Department of Art & Art Professions.

Performa Intensive Public Lecture Jens Hoffmann: Biennials and Curatorial Ambivalence

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Einstein Auditorium
Barney Building MAP

The Performa Intensive
Jens Hoffmann: Biennials and Curatorial Ambivalence

A Public Lecture Series Organized by Performa
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Einstein Auditorium
Barney Building

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In a major new initiative, RoseLee Goldberg has established the Performa Intensive, an important new curatorial and arts administration course for graduate studies, to coincide with Performa 11, the fourth visual arts performance biennial, which runs from November 1-21, 2011. In this unique program a select group of students are given unprecedented access to the inner workings of the biennial and hands-on experience, resulting in a radical new approach to curatorial education.

Performa Intensive students are directly involved with Performa Commission artists, providing research, press and production back up. They are also closely connected to  the research and programming activities of the Performa Institute during the three weeks of the biennial. The students will be available to meet with key curators, writers and artists attending Performa, providing information and background to biennial projects, as needed.

As part of a Performa Intensive, leading international curators will deliver public lectures on the topic of biennials and the future of culture in the twenty-first century. The second lecture in this series is by Jens Hoffmann, a writer and exhibition-maker based in San Francisco where he is the director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts. In his talk, Hoffmann will discuss the increasing tendency of deskilling in the field of exhibition making, despite the growth of curatorial MA programs, and the disappearance of expertise in much of the non-exhibition-based curatorial work that is particularly prevalent in Biennials. On the background of his recently-curated 12th Istanbul Biennial, he will explore what standards of quality and professionalism in curatorial practice can be and point towards the problematic absorption of normative codes without the creation of thorough and innovative practice.

Since 2004, Performa’s Not For Sale public education series has featured artists, authors, and critics discussing current issues in performance and new media and the related task of writing about art and artists whose work encompasses several disciplines at once.

Special thanks to David Darts, Chair of the Department of Art and Art Professions and Director of the NYU Steinhardt MA in Studio Art Program in Berlin, Germany.

Supported by the NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions.

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