Gallery Wendi Norris, in collaboration with The Minnesota Street Project Foundation (MSP Foundation), is pleased to announce One Hundred Thousand Suns, Delhi-based artist Rohini Devasher’s first U.S. solo exhibition.

Her captivating and research-driven body of work chronicles a decade as an eclipse chaser and amateur astronomer. The focal point of the exhibition, the four-channel, 20-minute One Hundred Thousand Suns film will debut simultaneously on three continents: at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai, India in collaboration with Project 88; at Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, Netherlands; and MSP Foundation in San Francisco, California.

The San Francisco debut of One Hundred Thousand Suns at MSP Foundation will be accompanied by the immersive, site-specific installation Latent Fields. As a counterpoint to this cinematic presentation, Gallery Wendi Norris will concurrently host an intimate show of Devasher’s two-dimensional works on copper at its San Francisco-based headquarters.

Providing a new platform for artists from around the world is an active ethos of the Minnesota Street Project Foundation. Each subsequent exhibition at 1201 Minnesota Street has expanded the geographic scope of artistic voices, and Devashar’s One Hundred Thousand Suns is the perfect next stop on our international journey.

(Rachel Sample, Director, Minnesota Street Project Foundation)

Within MSP Foundation’s state-of-the-art screening gallery, Devasher’s One Hundred Thousand Suns film explores four distinct dimensions of the Sun: material, ephemeral, personal, and historical. Driven by more than 157,000 portraits of our nearest star, observed over 120 years, this audio-visual work centers on the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory in India, where every day since 1901 staff have recorded images of the Sun.

Through the Observatory’s archival material, combined with public-domain images from NASA and the artist’s data—photographs, drawings, videos, and interviews with eclipse chasers—Devasher examines the complexities of observational astronomy and how ‘seeing’ is strange, wondrous, and more ambiguous than one might imagine.

Suspended from MSP Foundation’s towering vaulted ceiling, Devasher’s installation Latent Fields envelops visitors with expansive digitally-printed fabrics on which the subatomic and the stellar collide. Devasher prints images and drawings of fast-charged particles and distant celestial bodies imbuing their silk material with the mesmerizing sheen of copper. A crossing through the body of a star: from the sub-atomic the atmospheric, Latent Fields are a coalescence of material, visibility, scale, and temporality.

An exhibition at the Gallery Wendi Norris headquarters will focus on Devasher’s Sol Drawings, a series of embellished copper sheets. Once forged in massive stars, the Earth inherited copper from the universe more than four billion years ago. Transformed through interventions like fumage, acid wash, and embossment, these intricate and luminous panels invite close-looking and contemplation.