10 December 2016–2 April 2017
‘Verso’, SFMOMA’s solo presentation of Bangladeshi-born British artist Runa Islam, features the US premiere of Cabinet of Prototypes (2009-10). This 16mm film installation inspired the exhibition’s exploration of the thresholds between film and sculptures in Islam’s work.
The artwork is shown together for the first time with Magical Consciousness (2010). Both works stem from Islam’s research as an artist fellow at the Smithsonian Institution Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries, which is home to some of the world’s most important holdings of Asian art. Cabinet of Prototypes foregrounds the sculptural qualities of various stands and hooks that are used to present Asian art objects in the collection while, through black-and-white 16mm film, Magical Consciouness (2010) transforms the gilded back of a six-panel Japanese screen into a meditation on the silver screen cinema.
A selection of new and recent works also on show, further highlights the notion of material shifts and includes Islam’s process of reclaiming the silver from celluloid to create cast sculpture and drawings.
‘Runa Islam: Verso’
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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Monday, Tuesday & Friday–Sunday: 10am–5pm
Runa Islam 'Cabinet of Prototypes' (2009–2010)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis and the Accessions Committee Fund
© Runa Islam; photo: White Cube (Ben Westoby)