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Madhuvanti Ghose


Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose is the inaugural Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art, Arts of Asia. Since joining the museum in 2007, she opened the Alsdorf Galleries in 2008 and has curated numerous exhibitions and installations, including Jitish Kallat’s site-specific Public Notice 3 (2010–11), Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings (2015–16), Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection (2016), and India Modern: The Paintings of M. F. Husain (2017–18), among many others. From 2012 to 2016 she led the Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence, funded by the government of India and designed to foster professional exchange between the Art Institute and museums in India. She served on the board of trustees of the American Association of Art Museum Curators from 2016 to 2021.

Prior to joining the Art Institute, Madhuvanti was a lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a research fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University. She completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of London and has been honored with a 2013 Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women, the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj, USA, and a 2020 fellowship with the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL).

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