A writer, curator and art historian, Shanay Jhaveri is currently assistant curator of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. he was also the first curator of South Asian art at the museum.
Born in Mumbai, Jhaveri studied Art Semiotics at Brown University, Rhode Island, followed by a doctorate from the Royal College of Art, London. For his doctoral project, he traced cosmopolitanism in the works of three Indian artists — Bhupen Khakhar, Raghubir Singh and Umrao Singh Sher-Gil.
The first show he curated was Companionable Silences (2013) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, which focused on non-Western women artists who lived and worked in Paris in the 1920s and after, with the aim of reconfiguring the history of modernism by focusing on often overlooked issues of Primitivism and Orientalism in modern art. In 2017, Jhaveri curated Everything We Do is Music for the Drawing Room, London, tracing the history of music and painting in the Indian subcontinent. He made his curatorial debut at the Met in 2018 with Ranjani Shettar: Seven Ponds and a Few Raindrops, followed by The Roof Garden Commission: Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace in the same year. In 2019, he curated Phenomenal Nature, the first American retrospective of Mrinalini Mukherjee.
Jhaveri also works with film and curated India: Visions from the Outside in 2012 at the Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Bruges. He has also curated film programs for the third edition of the Dhaka Art Summit and Tate Modern. He is a contributing editor for Frieze Magazine and has written a number of books, including Chandigarh is in India (2016), Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design (2013) and Outsider Films on India: 1950–1990 (2010). He is also a trustee of the Mumbai Art Room.
At the time of writing, Jhaveri lives and works in New York City.
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