Let My Country Awake: Colonial & Post-Colonial Indian Art

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Maqbool Fida Husain, Untitled (Raj), 1986. Oil on canvas. Gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection 2003, E301288.

Let My Country Awake: Colonial & Post-Colonial Indian Art

Siddhartha V. Shah
August 20, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Zoom Webinar
$15 per person Society members; $20 per person non-members. Advance registration must be received by the SAA by Aug. 13, 2021.

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This presentation will focus on Indian art from the colonial and post-colonial eras in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum of Art (PEM) in Salem, MA. Established in 1799 as the East India Marine Society, PEM is the oldest continually operating museum in the U.S. Its collection of Indian art and objects focuses on the 18th century through modern times, including works acquired and collected by American merchants and sailors. Donated to PEM in 2001, the Herwitz Collection of post-independence art established PEM as the first museum outside India to highlight the works of its modern artists. This presentation will take us through the newly installed South Asian galleries to examine how a painful history of colonial occupation informed and inspired a vibrant modern artistic movement.

Siddhartha V. Shah has been the Curator of South Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum since 2018. He has had a long career as an entrepreneurial art professional with wide-ranging interests in South Asian and Himalayan art. He curated the installation of the new South Asian Art Galleries at PEM. He earned a PhD in art history from Columbia University and an MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.


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