“I Left My Heart,” a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition by Kayla Bauer, is on view at the Chazen Museum of Art through July 17. An artist chat with Bauer will take place on Friday, June 17, at 10 a.m.
Bauer, an MFA student in the School of Education’s Art Department, is the recipient of the Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize, which is offered annually by the museum with the Art Department. The winner, who receives an honorarium and an exhibition at the Chazen, is selected by an outside juror. This year’s juror was Janet Dees, the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum curator of modern and contemporary art at The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University.
“I Left My Heart” is described as a love letter to San Francisco. In the exhibition, the relationship unfolds through dozens of photographs and collected objects. The beauty of kitsch, camp, and icons appear throughout the images and are represented through mid-century souvenir plates and tiny figurines. Bauer sees San Francisco as a single city where one can experience the illusion of global travel. It took very little time for the artist to fall in love with the destination.