2014: Our Biggest Year Yet

Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Shrimati Sanjukta Ghosh, with Vikram (Boomba) Ghosh at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunitas, CA, circa 1970
From Art Intersections: An Asian-Latino Pop-Up Museum in Silver Spring, MD (2013)
Youth Access: Education at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Cat and Carm by Shizu Saldamando, from Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter, National Portrait Gallery (2012)

Dear Community,
As we enter 2014, we’re excited to begin our first full year as the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Our recent evolution from the Asian Pacific American Program means many things, but in particular it means we’re no longer merely a project of a larger institution, but rather we embody a hub – a cultural laboratory for exploring Asian Pacific American history, art, culture, and existence itself.

The possibilities are endless – and though we intend to embark on every last one of them, we begin with some exciting first steps – a massive exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History, a series of innovative digital exhibitions, a cutting-edge youth education program, and a revitalization of our website.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll see the steady unveilings for each of these. We’re putting our final touches, and are so thrilled to share this growth with you. Prepare to be seriously amazed.

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

Beyond Bollywood

In February 2014, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will open Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, a groundbreaking exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). The exhibition will explore the heritage, daily experience and numerous, diverse contributions that Indian immigrants and Indian Americans have made to shaping the United States.

Included in the exhibition will be historical and contemporary images and several dozen artifacts, including those documenting histories of discrimination and resistance, those conveying daily experiences and those symbolizing achievements across the professions. Music and visual art works providing commentary on the Indian American experience will also form a critical component of the exhibition.

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Digital Exhibitions

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is leading the movement to break the concept of museums past modern brick-and-morter conceptions. By innovating new approaches to exhibiting art and culture, we’re tapping into digital tools to make Asian Pacific America more accessible both online and offline. We’re curating a breathtaking roster of digital exhibitions for 2014, but in the meantime check out a video clip from this past year’s digital exhibition, Art Intersections: An Asian-Latino Pop-Up Museum.

Young Historians, Living Histories Project


Young Historians, Living Histories is designed to engage underserved young people in Asian Pacific American communities to explore, contextualize, and deepen their understanding of their own history and their community. This project is in partnership with the Smithsonian Affiliations and the Center for Asian American Media. Funding is by the Smithsonian Youth Access Grant.

New Website


We’re finishing up our web revitalization, led by a brand new website! Our upcoming site will not only include a fresh array of digital exhibitions, collection items, and blog columns – but also new ways to explore our past exhibitions and projects! We don’t want to give away too much yet – stay in touch with us to be among the first to see our digs!

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