Jens Hoffmann is an exhibition maker and writer based in San Francisco, where he is the director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. He is a senior lecturer at the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts, a guest professor at the Nova Academia de Bella Arti in Milan, and an adjunct faculty member in the Curatorial Studies Program at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Currently he is the curator, with Adriano Pedrosa, of the 12th Istanbul Biennial, 2011 and a co-curator for the 3rd Biennial of the Canary Islands for which he is developing an exhibition on the controversial legacy of Christopher Columbus (2011). Hoffmann also currently works as curator for the CIAC Foundation in Mexico City where he is curating BLOCKBUSTER: Cinema for Exhibitions (2011). He was a co-curator of the 2nd San Juan Triennial in Puerto Rico (2009), a curator of the 9th Lyon Biennial (2007), a guest curator for Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002) and Assistant Curator for the 1st Berlin Biennial (1998). In 1997 he organized the theater program Theater Outlines for Documenta X, Kassel. In 2009 Hoffmann curated (with Harrell Fletcher) the People's Biennial, organized by Independent Curators International, New York.
From 2003 to 2007 Hoffmann was director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. He has worked for institutions such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Portikus, Frankfurt, KIASMA-Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Hugh Lane Museum, Dublin, Kunstverein Cologne, Hamburger Kunstverein, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, DIA Center for the Arts, New York, Museum Kunst-Palast, Düsseldorf and others.
Among his recent books are The Next Documenta Should be Curated by An Artist (2004), published by Revolver, and Perform, co-authored with Joan Jonas (2005), published by Thames & Hudson. He is currently working on Show Time, forthcoming with Thames & Hudson, London (2011). In 2010 Hoffmann founded The Exhibitionist: A Journal on Exhibition Making, the first journal exclusively dedicated to questions of exhibition making and curatorial practice.