C’est la vie, Sophie Calle!
Kristen Hileman, independent curator and formerly the head of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s contemporary department
Since the late 1970s, Sophie Calle (French, b. 1953) has made provocative art about human vulnerabilities, desires, and eccentricities. Cross-pollinating photographs and text, she produces probing accounts of others’ lives, as well as confessional autobiographical vignettes. These visual stories elicit wonder and empathy, as if the pages of a diary were spilled out across a gallery wall. Despite her influential innovations in expanding the boundaries of contemporary art and her international acclaim, Calle has not had a retrospective in the United States. Hileman will provide an overview of Calle’s poignant work, discuss her stature as “an artist’s artist,” and address the lack of American institutional support for her humanistic and difficult-to-commodify work.
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