|VISHAKHA N. DESAI |
President and CEO of the Asia Society
Special areas of interest/research: modern and traditional non-European arts and cultures
Vishakha N. Desai is President of the Asia Society. As the Director of the Society’s Museum and Cultural Programs she was responsible for the management of the Society’s renovation of its New York City headquarters and for its 2001 inaugural season. Prior to joining the Asia Society, Desai was a curator of Indian, Southeast Asian and Islamic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A scholar of classical Indian art, Desai has built an international reputation for introducing contemporary Asian art to a broad audience and using it to illuminate historical trends and their influence on the development of today’s society.
Desai, Vishakha N., “Beyond the ‘Authentic-Exotic’: Collecting Contemporary Asian Art in the Twenty-First Century”, in: Bruce Altshuler (ed.), Collecting the New: Museums and Contemporary Art, Princeton 2005, pp. 103–14.
Desai, Vishakha N. (ed.), Asian Art History in the Twenty-First Century, Williamstown 2007.
Desai, Vishakha N. (ed.), Gods, Guardians, and Lovers: Temple Sculptures from North India A.D. 700 – 1200, Ahmedabad 1993.