​Runa Islam, Cabinet of Prototypes​, 2009–2010 (installation view, SFMOMA); purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Runa Islam; photo: Katherine Du Tiel
Exhibition

Runa Islam

Verso

December 10, 2016–April 2, 2017

Floor 7

This solo presentation of works by the British artist Runa Islam features the U.S. premiere of Cabinet of Prototypes (2009–10), a 16mm film installation that inspired the exhibition's exploration of the thresholds between film and sculpture. This 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. 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 Consciousness (2010) transforms the gilded back of a six-panel Japanese screen into a meditation on the silver screen of cinema. A selection of recent and new works further highlights these material shifts and includes Islam’s process of reclaiming the silver from exposed celluloid to create cast sculptures and drawings.

Header image: ​Runa Islam, Cabinet of Prototypes​, 2009–2010 (installation view, SFMOMA); purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Runa Islam; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Exhibition Preview

  • SFMOMA install image, Runa Islam, Cabinet of Prototypes

    Runa Islam, Cabinet of Prototypes, 2009–2010 (installation view, SFMOMA); collection SFMOMA, purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Runa Islam; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, Runa Islam, Cabinet of Prototypes

    Runa Islam, Cabinet of Prototypes, 2009–2010 (still); collection SFMOMA, purchase, by exchange, through a fractional gift of Shirley Ross Davis and the Accessions Committee Fund; © Runa Islam; photo: courtesy White Cube

  • Artwork image, Runa Islam, Magical Consciousness

    Runa Islam, Magical Consciousness, 2010 (still); courtesy the artist and White Cube; © Runa Islam; photo: courtesy White Cube

  • Artwork image, Runa Islam

    Runa Islam, Anatomical Study (Instruments), 2013; courtesy the artist and White Cube; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

  • Artwork image, Runa Islam, ​After The First Glance (Peacock)

    Runa Islam, After The First Glance (Peacock), 2016; courtesy the artist and White Cube; photo: Katherine Du Tiel