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Creator

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Curatorial - South and Southeast Asian Art

Subject

  • Diamond, Debra
  • Beach, Milo Cleveland
  • Dehejia, Vidya
  • Bolon, Carol R
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of the Associate Director
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of the Deputy Director
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Chief Curator
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Office of the Assistant Director, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Category

Agency History

Notes

  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Smithsonian Directory, 1999
  • Smithsonian Annals, 1981-1997
  • Although some South and Southeast Asian art artifacts existed in the collection previously, intense study and curatorial work regarding this collection did not begin until 1984. In that year, an expert in South Asian art arrived as Assistant Director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Milo Cleveland Beach. Then, Carol R. Bolon was Assistant Curator, South and Southeast Asia and served from 1989 to 1994. Vidya Dehejia was Curator, South and Southeast Asia from 1994-2002. Dehejia also served as Chief Curator, Associate Director, Deputy Director, and Acting Director for a time before she left the galleries in May of 2002. Debra Diamond worked as a temporary assistant curator, 2000-2001, before accepting a permanent curatorship, 2001- . Curatorial - South and Southeast Asian Art reports to the Chief Curator.
  • Curatorial - South and Southeast Asian Art is responsible for researching; publishing; lecturing; studying and translating texts, seals, and artifacts; and providing expert opinions on provenance, age, quality, and other significance of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery artifacts of South and Southeast Asian art. Research and lectures take place both in these galleries and in other research sites in this country and abroad.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520

Date

  • 1984
  • 1984-

Topic

  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Art museum curators
  • Art, South Asian
  • Art, Southeast Asian

Form/Genre

Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00327