Staging the Show: The Theater of Exhibition Making Jens Hoffmann, Triple Candie, and Mark Beasley

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What does it mean to stage an exhibition? Can curating be defined as performative?  Four curators discuss their engagement with theater, the restaging of artists work, and the exhibition. 


Jens Hoffmann is the deputy director at the Jewish Museum in New York. From 2007-2012, he was the director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of Arts in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was the director of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He has curated over three dozen exhibitions internationally since the late 1990s.

Triple Candie is a research-oriented gallery that produces exhibitions about art but largely devoid of it. A typical exhibition consists of reproductions, surrogates, models, stage-sets, or common objects, displayed using a combination of rhetorical devices borrowed from history and anthropology museums (e.g. extensive wall-labels, photo-documentation, glasstop cases, ephemera) and community art galleries (free-standing wall-panels, amateurish sculpture pedestals). When a show is de-installed, the materials -- both the objects and the display paraphenalia -- are generally recycled for future use or discarded.

Triple Candie's primary purpose since 2005 has been to explore the possibilities of exhibition-making as a distinct and truly alternative practice.