- April 28 - August 20, 2020
California Insitute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
In Spring 2020 the Arts at CIIS will present The Museum of Sentimental Taxonomy, a roving exhibition and social practice by Bay Area artist, Kija Lucas, who invites community members to bring the things most important to them to be photographed for The Museum. To date, she has documented over 250 objects of deep sentimental value. Through photography and interactive installation, Lucas magnifies the emotional weight of these vestiges of memory, vessels of meaning, and markers of time. By accessing our individual and collective histories through this ongoing photographic process, Lucas holds these objects as access points to the past, highlighting our human tendency to collect and protect the material reminders of the stories we carry. Lucas’ work prompts us to consider not only the objects, but also their service as placeholders—the meaning of these objects is often born from the loss or absence of another—a moment shared or a loved one. Lucas’ Museum reminds us of the resilience of memory and our refusal to forget.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to have their own sentimental objects photographed by the artist for inclusion in The Museum.