Exhibitions

Bhupen Khakhar, First Day in New York, 1983.

Oil on canvas. Peabody Essex Museum, gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection. © The Estate of Bhupen Khakhar. Photography by Walter Silver/PEM.

MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets

On view August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2017

Located in the: Hilborn and Seamans Galleries

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. 

 

Images

Bhupen Khakhar, First Day in New York, 1983.

Bhupen Khakhar, First Day in New York, 1983.

Oil on canvas. Peabody Essex Museum, gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection. © The Estate of Bhupen Khakhar. Photography by Walter Silver/PEM.

Bikash Bhattacharjee, The Lady with the Gas Cylinder, 1986.

Bikash Bhattacharjee, The Lady with the Gas Cylinder, 1986.

Oil on canvas. Peabody Essex Museum, gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection. © The Estate of Bikash Bhattacharjee. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.

Atul Dodiya, The Bombay Buccaneer, 1994.

Atul Dodiya, The Bombay Buccaneer, 1994.

Arcrylic and oil on canvas with film clapstick. Peabody Essex Museum, gift of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection. © Atul Dodiya. Photo by Walter Silver/PEM.