Sunday, June 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Join City Lights and Ars Citizen in celebrating French conceptual artist Sophie Calle in a rare appearance and reception celebrating her forthcoming show at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco. Mary Kaye Schilling writes: "Over the course of her 38-year-long career, Sophie Calle has established herself as one of France's most celebrated conceptual artists. In her work, she has attempted to metaphorically seduce her father; she once asked 107 women to respond to an ex-boyfriend's breakup email; and for a story in T's culture issue, the 63-year-old artist showed up to have her portrait taken pregnant — pregnant with a cat."
City Lights will carry a wide selection of Ms. Calle's work. She will be signing books at the reception.
Sophie Calle (born 1953) creates works exploring the tensions between the observed, the reported, the secret and the unsaid. She has mounted solo shows at major museums across the world and represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2007, where her film of her mother's deathbed, Couldn't Capture Death, premiered.
Ars Citizen is a nonprofit art-commissioning and curatorial platform committed to move the lines in the production and promotion of contemporary art and ideas. Founded and operating in the San Francisco Bay Area, a centre of intellectual influence, Ars Citizen brings the excellence of major international contemporary artists to the local leaders of culture, education and innovation. It aims at commissioning and producing some of the most significant works of our time, while generating a comprehensive parallel programming including exhibitions, lectures, debates, workshops, publications and archives. Ars Citizen values long-term commitment, networking synergy and global dialogue and seeks to resonate with the contemporary world, its complexity and pressing challenges.