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Siddhartha V. Shah, Curator of Indian and South Asian Art


Siddhartha V. Shah joined PEM in 2018 after a long career as an entrepreneurial art professional with wide-ranging interests in South Asian art. In addition to working as an independent curator, Shah specialized in Hindu and Buddhist art of the Kathmandu Valley, as well as modern and contemporary Indian art. His academic and curatorial projects have been featured in publications ranging from India Today and The Times of India, to Psychology Today and The New Yorker.

At PEM, Shah will develop exhibitions that tell the stories of the artists, communities and traditions of South Asia, as well as important moments in the history of the region. With PEM’s unparalleled South Asian collection, Shah will advance an appreciation for the living artistic traditions of India and South Asia, both locally and globally. He will work with PEM’s 2001 acquisition, the Chester and Davida Herwitz collection of post-Independence art from India, which established PEM as the first museum outside of India to focus on the achievements of its modern artists.

Shah earned his B.A. in art history from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. Follow @siddharthavshah on Instagram.