Shanay Jhaveri joins the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Shanay Jhaveri joins the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Swot up on three of this influential curator's biggest projects

By ELLE team  December 28th, 2015

Curator Shanay Jhaveri will soon join New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art as the assistant curator of South Asian Art (under the museum’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art). Earlier this January, we told you he was one to watch! 

Swot up on three of his major projects (so far):

Companionable Silences (2013): Jhaveri’s work, which aims to “engage South Asian art with an international perspective”, is an extension of his academic writings (he’s a doctoral candidate at the Royal College of Art, London, and contributing editor to Frieze magazine). In 2013, at the Nouvelle Vague exhibition in Paris, he presented on the practices of non-western women artists working in the city since the 1920s, highlighting the “cross-cultural past” of Modernism.

In Dialogue Amrita Sher-Gil and Lionel Wendt (2014): Jhaveri juxtaposed the works of the Indian artist and Sri Lankan photographer at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, in keeping with his primary curatorial intention: to “formulate relationships between works that would never appear alongside one another.”

Film programme for Dhaka Art Summit (2016): A rare 1972 Merchant Ivory documentary on writer Nirad C. Chaudhuri (Adventures Of A Brown Man In Search Of Civilization) will anchor the film programme curated by Jhaveri. This year, he’s also written an accompanying essay to the Nasreen Mohamedi Retrospective (which opened at the Reina Sofía in Madrid in September), and working on a new book, Chandigarh Is In India, that delves into the “artistic responses that Chandigarh has engendered since its inception.”