The Museum of Sentimental Taxonomy

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - Sunday, April 26, 2020

OPENING EVENT: Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7 p.m.

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Premiering at Montalvo, The Museum of Sentimental Taxonomy is a roving exhibition showcasing Bay Area artist Kija Lucas’s ongoing photographic investigation of objects of sentiment. Within the Museum, you will discover works that examine how the objects we cherish house memory, meaning and qualities that surpass the initial function of the object. Each item can become a bridge to other people, places, and times, creating meaning and comfort for their owners, and providing connection to loved ones. When creating a home, we introduce objects to make unfamiliar spaces familiar. When removed from their original context and displayed alongside other objects of sentiment, they take on new meaning and significance.

You are invited to explore the relationship between sentimentality, memory, community, and loneliness by engaging with the work on view and through a series of related programs, workshops, and conversations that will be held at the Museum.

Kija Lucas is a visual artist living and working in San Francisco. She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage and inheritance. Lucas received her MFA from Mills College in 2010 and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area, at the Palo Alto Art Center, Montalvo Arts Center, The Headlands Center for the Arts, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Oakland Museum of Art. She is a recipient of an individual Artist Commission from The San Francisco Arts Commission. Lucas has been an Artist in Residence at the Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo Arts Center, Grin City Collective, and The Wassaic Artist Residency. She is currently the program manager for The Growlery in San Francisco. She is a member of 3.9 Art Collective and the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure.

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