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“A fascinating survey of groundbreaking exhibitions from the 1980s through to now . . . the selection shines with the inquiring intelligence and practical know-how that make Jens Hoffmann one of the most inventive of contemporary curators.” —Terry Smith

EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE Sculpture Projects Münster 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007 • Magiciens de la Terre 1989 • Helter Skelter 1992 • Mike Kelley: The Uncanny 1993 • This Is the Show and the Show Is Many Things 1994 • Inside the Visible 1995 •In a Different Light 1995 • Traffic 1996 • Sensation 1997 • Cities on the Move 1997–98 • 24th São Paulo Biennial 1998 • The Museum as Muse 1999 • Global Conceptualism 1999 • Freestyle 2001 • The Short Century 2001 •Century City 2001 •WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 2007 •What Keeps Mankind Alive? 2009 • Documenta (13) 2012.

CURATORS INCLUDE Iwona Blazwick • Francesco Bonami • Nicolas Bourriaud • Cornelia Butler • Dan Cameron • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev • Catherine de Zegher • Okwui Enwezor • Charles Esche • Massimiliano Gioni • Thelma Golden • Hou Hanru • Damien Hirst • Mary Jane Jacob • Joseph Kosuth • Jean-Hubert Martin •Kynaston McShine • Jessica Morgan • Hans Ulrich Obrist • Adriano Pedrosa • Paul Schimmel • Fred Wilson

  

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Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art

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Edited and with text by Jens Hoffmann. Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Massimiliano Gioni, Maria Lind, Jessica Morgan, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Adriano Pedrosa, Mary Jane Jacob.

Featured image: Rosângela Rennó, "Guerrero portrait from the United States" series (1997),  <I>inSITE97</I>, various sites in San Diego, USA, and Tijuana, Mexico, 1997. Courtesy <I>inSITE</I>. © Rosângela Rennó, photo Eduardo Zepeda. 
This monumental new book explores the recent history of exhibition-making, looking at the radical shifts that have taken place in the practice of curating contemporary art over the last 20 years. Tracing a history of curating through its most innovative shows, renowned curator Jens Hoffmann selects the 50 key exhibitions that have most significantly shaped the practice of both artists and curators. Chosen from the plethora of exhibitions, biennials and art events that have sprung up across the world since the 1990s, each exhibition reviewed here has triggered profound changes in curatorial practice, and reanimated the potential of contemporary art. The book includes an international roster of curators, and exhibition venues that span the globe, from the USA, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa to France, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey and Spain. It is comprised of nine themed sections, including: "New Lands" (on shows such as Magiciens de la Terre, The Short Century and After the Wall); "Biennial Years" (which documents influential biennials such as the Documentas [10, 11, 13] and the Berlin and São Paulo Biennials); "New Forms" (including experiments in exhibition-making such as Do It and NowHere); "Others Everywhere" (on ‘identity politics’ shows such as In a Different Light, Phantom Sightings and the 1993 Whitney Biennial); "Tomorrow’s Talents Today" (on influential group exhibitions of emerging artists such as Helter Skelter and Sensation); and "History" (on historical surveys such as Inside the Visible, Global Conceptualism and WACK!). A bold proposition for the future of exhibition culture as well as a means of making the recent past accessible, Show Time is essential reading for any student of curating or museum studies, for professional curators and for all those interested in one of today’s most dynamic forms of cultural production.
Jens Hoffmann is an exhibition maker and writer based in New York. He is Deputy Director and Head of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Jewish Museum, New York. He has curated and co-curated a number of large-scale exhibitions, including the 2nd San Juan Triennial (2009), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012).

Featured image: Rosângela Rennó, "Guerrero portrait from the United States" series (1997), inSITE97, various sites in San Diego, USA, and Tijuana, Mexico, 1997. Courtesy inSITE. © Rosângela Rennó, photo Eduardo Zepeda.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artspace

Ian Wallace

It's a must-read for the art history nerds out there, and a fascinating introduction to a nascent field for everyone else.

Canadianart

It's appropriate that Hoffmann-who has built his career on remounting historically significant exhibitions- should be the brains behind this definitive list. Though the exhibitions Hoffmann has chosen to highlight have little commonality in their geographies, artworks or even curatorial methodologies, they share a preoccupation with what curation means today, and how curators might take charge of staging experiencies with artworks.

CHOICE

C.B. Cannon

Hoffmann (The Jewish Museum in New York) focuses his analysis on 50 art exhibitions that primarily took place post-1990. This date is significant since it marks the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the globalization of the art world. The selected shows demonstrate innovative curatorial practices and document the evolution of the curatorial profession in an increasingly multicultural world. The exhibitions are presented thematically rather than chronologically. Topics include exhibitions in public spaces; the artist as curator; multidisciplinary exhibitions; the international art biennial and its role in shaping contemporary art; sociopolitical issues; and underrepresented art and artists, such as non-Western artists and performance work. Each chapter includes a brief overview and five to eight exhibitions that illustrate the theme, including dates, locations, curators, contributing artists, installation photos and floor plans, and information about the exhibition catalogue and promotional materials. Although international in scope, the exhibitions took place mainly in Europe and North America. The book concludes with an interview with seven international curators and suggested readings for further consideration of the history of curatorial practice. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners.

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Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art

Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary ArtIn the April 7 edition of Artspace, Ian Wallace writes, "Jens Hoffmann is positioning himself to be a major player in this emerging field of the exhibition-as-exhibition-history: his most recent book Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art, published by D.A.P., is a useful compendium of the most important museum exhibitions, biennials, and experimental exhibition projects from the late 1980s through today, offering a thorough look at art exhibitions from the past 30 years that have dramatically altered the way artists, curators, and art patrons experience the contemporary exhibition. It's a must-read for the art history nerds out there, and a fascinating introduction to a nascent field for everyone else." Featured image, Ayşe Erkmen's 1997 "Sculptures on Air" installation for Sculpture Projects Münster 97, is reproduced from Show Time. continue to blog


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Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art

Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary ArtAs New York prepares for The Armory Show and the 2014 Whitney Biennial, both opening this week, we are pleased to announce Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art by Jens Hoffmann. Of the "watershed" 1993 Whitney Biennial, curated by Elisabeth Sussman, Thelma Golden, John Hanhardt and Lisa Philips, he cites "a maelstrom of negative criticism, most of which accused it of being overly academic, aesthetically poor, and politically confused," while quoting the curatorial statement emphasizing an emphasis on artworks that "'confront such dominant current issues as class, race, gender, sexuality, and the family.' Other sociopolitical issues under consideration included Western imperialism and the mounting AIDS crisis. It was the most ethnically diverse Whitney Biennial to date. It also included a large number of women artists and, artists who were openly gay." Featured image, Daniel J. Martinez' Museum Tags: Second Movement (Overture) or Overture con Claque (Overture with Hired Audience Members) (1993), is reproduced from Hoffmann's chapter on the 1993 Whitney Biennial. continue to blog


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