I was startled by the news since we had seen her quite recently at a party
in the home of an art collector in Malibu, and I had talked to her briefly about my recently having had cancer. She made no mention of her own disease.
Hoffberg had been a major force in collecting and exhibiting the seemingly ephemeral work of the art world: artist's books, mail art, and hundreds of other objects produced by artists that did not quite fit into the standard notion of art.
That she also found time to work as at art librarian at various universities (Johns Hopkins University, The University of Pennsylvania, University of California, San Diego) and institutions (the Bologna Center in Italy and the Library of Congress) as well as curating shows such as "Freedom: The International Mail Art Exhibition," is a testament to her energy and love of the artistic life—which meant, for her, nearly anything the artist touched.
Los Angeles, February 6, 2009