This Could be Us, You, or Anybody Else: Modern and Contemporary South and Southeast Asian Art at Smith

April 27–August 5, 2018













This exhibition features modern and contemporary South and Southeast Asian art works, mostly drawn from the Smith College Museum of Art’s collection. They were made by artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Thailand, as well as British and American photographers active in Asia. The exhibition title This Could be Us, You, or Anybody Else is inspired by Arpita Singh’s print of the same name that is on view.

SCMA has a long tradition of collecting and exhibiting art from the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asian countries. Examples of the museum’s ongoing efforts of acquisition and programming in this area include substantial gifts of miniature paintings from Mr. and Mrs. John Kenneth Galbraith (Catherine Atwater, class of 1934) and the exhibitions, “The Way I Remember Them:” Paintings by Nusra Latif Qureshi (2004) and Dislocation / Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia (2016).

Image credit: Arpita Singh. Born India, 1937. This Could be Us, You, or Anybody Else. 2007. Etching and aquatint printed in color on paper. 30 1/8 in x 34 5/8 in (76.5 cm x 87.9 cm). Gift of Bridget Moore, class of 1979.