From the builders of some of America’s earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers to digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” explores the Indian American experience and the community’s vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history. The exhibition moves past pop-culture stereotypes of Indian Americans to explore the heritage, daily experience, and diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants in the United States. Weaving together stories of individual achievement and collective struggle, Beyond Bollywood uses photography, narrative, multimedia, and interactive stations to tell a uniquely American story, while conveying the texture, vibrancy, and vitality of Indian American communities.
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
Fabric of India
April 30—August 15, 2015
Brilliant saris, shawls, and accessories in a profusion of colors and patterns will be the highlights of this exhibition. They include rich gold and silver brocades, intricately hand woven and tie-dyed silks, luxurious velvet and lace, gossamer cottons, and beautifully patterned embroideries.
The Abstract in Contemporary Indian Art
May 2—July 12, 2015
This installation of 20th-century paintings by Indian artists explores the concept of abstraction as a vehicle for moving beyond culture through style, color, and form.
“Love, Shirley Temple” will feature dozens of cherished objects from Shirley Temple’s famed childhood years. The actress’s most recognizable movie costumes, including the iconic polka dot dress from “Stand Up and Cheer!” and the complete Scottish-kilt outfit from “Wee Willie Winkie” will be on view. Also on display will be her personal dolls and playthings, a child-sized racing car given to Shirley Temple by her close friend and co-star Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and extraordinary autograph books and letters. Paintings and illustrations created for the actress by famed artists, animators and cartoonists of the period will be included.
Sponsored by Theriault’s.
Shirley Temple Film Series, Saturday, May 23