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      MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets

      On view August 1, 2015 to March 12, 2020

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      Images of confrontation, hope, fracture and change.

      In the early 20th century, Indian artists viewed the village as the true locus for India's identity, distinct from that of the British colonial cities of Calcutta, Bombay and New Delhi. By mid-century, India had gained independence and its cities were replenished with all kinds of people fulfilling their dreams. In the cities, the drive toward modernity co-existed with the enduring presence of the spiritual in unexpected ways.

      This installation includes paintings from PEM's Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection. Images of confrontation, hope, fracture and change traverse shifting grounds rich with contradictions.

      TOP IMAGE: Bhupen Khakhar. First Day in New York, 1983. Oil on canvas. Gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, 2003. E301014
      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets.. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets.. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

      Mega City: India's Culture of the Streets. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Allison White/PEM.

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      Tyeb Mehta, Untitled (from Diagonal Lines Series), 1973. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, 2001. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

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