Jens Hoffmann Appointed Director of the CCA Wattis Institute

Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann, currently director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, has been named as the new director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, as announced today by Michael S. Roth, president of California College of the Arts (CCA).

Hoffmann will be responsible for the development of exhibitions and public programs in venues on the college's San Francisco campus, which include the Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries and Timken Lecture Hall. Hoffmann will take up his position at CCA on November 1, 2006, although he will continue his role at the ICA until early 2007.

Hoffmann succeeds Ralph Rugoff, who was director of the CCA Wattis Institute from August 2000 to May 2006; Rugoff recently was appointed director of the Hayward Gallery in London.

Roth commented on Hoffmann's appointment: "Jens has developed some of the most stimulating and inspired programming in the field of contemporary art. He has worked extensively with a broad range of artists, writers and curators from around the globe. His expertise in the presentation of contemporary art and his considerable teaching, lecturing and publication experience will serve him well in guiding the CCA Wattis Institute. California College of the Arts has become a leading venue for the development of thoughtful, engaging exhibitions and Jens is just the right person to build on the accomplishments of the last several years."

"I'm delighted with my appointment as director of the Wattis," stated Hoffmann, "and I look forward to building on its reputation as a place that can make a difference in the art world. It is a wonderful opportunity to join an institution that embraces both curatorial innovation and critical reflection."

About Jens Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann has been director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London since January 2004. At the ICA he has organized several group exhibitions, including "Artists' Favorite" (2004), "100 Artists See God" (2004–5), "London in Six Easy Steps" (2005), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (2006) and "Alien Nation" (2006). He also has curated solo exhibitions for John Bock, Cerith Wyn Evans, Tino Sehgal, Jonathan Monk and Martha Rosler.

Hoffmann has worked for institutions and exhibitions such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Documenta X, Kassel; Portikus Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; and he has curated exhibitions for KIASMA—Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kolnischer Kuntstverein, Cologne; Kunstverin, Hamburg; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, as well as a number of institutions in Europe, South America and the United States.

He was co-curator of the 1st Prague Biennial (2003), the 1st Tirana Biennial (2001), and was assistant curator of the 1st Berlin Biennial (1998). As an independent curator, Hoffmann has organized exhibitions since 1998, including "exhibition²," Stockholm (2001); "A Little Bit of History Repeated," Berlin (2001); "A Show That Will Show That A Show Is Not Only A Show," Los Angeles (2002); "The Exhibition As A Work of Art," Rio de Janeiro (2003); "A Walk to Remember," Los Angeles (2005); and "Home of the Free," Chicago (2006).

His most recent publications include "The Next Documenta Should be Curated by an Artist" (Revolver, 2004) and "Perform" (Thames & Hudson, 2005), co-authored with Joan Jonas. He is also one of the authors of forthcoming "Cream 4" (Phaidon, 2007). He has authored more than 100 texts on contemporary art and curatorial practice for art journals and exhibition publications.

He is a lecturer in the curatorial studies program of Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has also led seminars at art schools and universities around the world, including Art Center, Pasadena; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; California Arts Insitute, Los Angeles; Concordia University, Montreal; Escola de Artes Visuais Do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro; Nuova Academia di Belle Arti, Milan; Royal Art Academy, Stockholm; and University of the Arts, Berlin.

About the CCA Wattis Institute

Established in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of leading-edge local, national and international contemporary culture. Through exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, performances and publications in the fields of art, architecture and design, the Wattis Institute fosters interaction among the students and faculty of CCA; art, architecture and design professionals; and the general public.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts is the largest regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in the western United States. Noted for the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of its programs, CCA offers studies in 20 undergraduate and 6 graduate majors in the areas of fine arts, architecture, design and writing. The college offers bachelor of architecture, bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, master of architecture, master of arts and master of fine arts degrees. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,600 full-time students.