Iman Issa's Heritage Studies #5, 2015

Iman Issa
Heritage Studies #5, 2015

Sculpture

Aluminum and vinyl text

Overall 17 5/16 × 90 3/16 × 17 5/16" (44 × 229 × 44 cm)

Collection of MoMA; Fund for the Twenty-First Century

In her latest sculpture series, Heritage Studies, Iman Issa explores the contemporary resonance of historical artifacts. The three sculptures in this gallery take inspiration from objects the artist encountered in museums. To accompany her historical riffs, Issa provides museum-style didactics that reference their original sources, identifying material, time period, and provenance. Rather than describing the objects in the gallery, the artist’s texts point to her historical inspiration. Operating at the junction where the contemporary objects and their historical contexts meet, Heritage Studies proposes a new iconography that is shaped by an alternative reading of official history.

Gallery label from Unfinished Conversations, March 19-July 30, 2017. www.moma.org/collection/works/200008

Overall 17 5/16 × 90 3/16 × 17 5/16" (44 × 229 × 44 cm)

Collection of MoMA; Fund for the Twenty-First Century

In her latest sculpture series, Heritage Studies, Iman Issa explores the contemporary… more

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