Irene Hofmann: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series


Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

Irene Hofmann (MA 1994) is the Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico. Most recently, she was the executive director and curator of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. She has also held curatorial positions at the Orange County Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and New Museum of Contemporary Art. She has organized exhibitions and new commissions by artists such as Joseph Grigely, Marjetica Potrc, Mungo Thomson, Jason Dodge, Fabrice Gygi, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Fritz Haeg, Christine Hill, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989). Some of her group exhibitions include Agitated Histories (2011), Broadcast (2007), Girls' Night Out (2003), and the 2002 and 2004 California Biennial.

Under Hofmann's leadership, SITE Santa Fe has launched a new biennial exhibition series that explores contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego. SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas is a six­-year commitment to a series of linked exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas. The first edition of this new biennial series, SITElines.2014: Unsettled Landscapes on view July 20, 2014–January 15, 2015, looks at the urgencies, political conditions, and historical narratives that inform the work of contemporary artists across the Americas. Through three themes—landscape, territory, and trade—this exhibition expresses the interconnections between representations of the land, movement across the land, and economies and resources derived from the land.

Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Office of Alumni Relations.


SITE Santa Fe, SITElines New Perspectives on Art of the Americas

“Bringing the Cutting-Edge to Santa Fe,” ARTnews, by Ann Landi

“Conversation with SITE Santa Fe Director Irene Hofmann,” Blouin Artinfo, by Bruce W. Ferguson


Audio Podcast [MP3]


Installation view Enrique Martinez Celaya: The Peal, SITE Santa Fe, 2013 Fritz Haeg, Edible Estates, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, 2009 Installation view of Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets, SITE Santa Fe, 2013. Irene Hofmann. Photo: Kate Russell