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Devotion and Display: Curating Religion in an Age of Diversity

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Join us for this fascinating and thought-provoking roundtable discussion featuring Dr. Marika Sardar, Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art at the San Diego Museum of Art and former Senior Research Associate at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Sardar will be joined by Dr. Deepali Dewan, ROM Curator, South Asian Arts and Culture, Dan Rahimi, ROM Vice President, Program, ROM and Satish Rao an architect whose projects include the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

With a special focus on the representation and diversity of South Asian religions in museum contexts, Sardar, Rao, Dewan and Rahimi, will speak from their experience as curators and designers of museum spaces. Reflecting on their decisions about how to convey the complexities of religious communities, rituals and interactions through material objects, the speakers will also consider the challenges and possibilities of curating for diverse audiences that include youth and elders, religious and non-religious, and lay and expert participants. The roundtable will be moderated by Ajay Rao, Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at the University of Toronto.

This event is presented by the Friends of South Asia in partnership with the Religion in the Public Sphere initiative at the University of Toronto.

Speakers:
Dr. Marika Sardar, Associate Curator, Southern Asian and Islamic Art, San Diego Museum of Art and former Senior Research Associate, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

Satish Rao is an architect whose projects include the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Deepali Dewan, ROM Curator, South Asian Arts and Culture with a special interest in the visual cultures of South Asia

Dan Rahimi, ROM Vice-President, Program and archaeologist

Moderator:
Dr. Ajay Rao, Associate Professor, South Asian Religions, Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto

 

Location

Royal Ontario Museum

Bloor Street (main entrance)

Contact

416.586.5700
membership@rom.on.ca


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