Peabody Essex Museum Taps New Curator of Indian and South Asian Art

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, has hired Sona Datta as its new curator of Indian and South Asian art, according to the Associated Press. Datta comes from the British Museum in London, where for the past eight years she has specialized in the visual culture of South Asia, in particular the post-1947 art of Bengal. Said the museum’s chief curator, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Datta’s expertise “is perfectly in tune with our ambitions.” The Peabody Essex Museum has an extensive collection of Indian art from the colonial era to the present.