The San Diego Museum of Art hires Marika Sardar as Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art
San Diego, Calif. – The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to announce Marika Sardar as the new Associate Curator of Southern Asian and Islamic Art. Sardar will begin her role on July 29, 2013.
Marika Sardar comes to the Museum with years of specialized experience in the arts of India and the Islamic world. After completing her doctoral dissertation at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts with a concentration on the architecture of the Deccan and the fortified city of Golconda, Sardar joined the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
She served most recently as a Senior Research Associate at The Metropolitan and was instrumental in the installation of their new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia. Additionally, Sardar participated in The Metropolitan Museum/Victoria & Albert Museum Curatorial Exchange as part of which she undertook research in London for a major upcoming international exhibition devoted to the arts of the Deccan.
The hire of Sardar comes shortly after the opening of the newly renovated and reinstalled Art of East Asia galleries. This sophisticated exhibition features more than 280 objects of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, more than 100 of which have never before been on view.
“From the outset, Ms. Sardar has impressed us with her intelligence and acumen, and the depth of her knowledge of Indian and Islamic art,” said Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director of The San Diego Museum of Art. “We are honored to welcome such a distinguished colleague.”
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