The Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery hosted “Asia After Dark: Bollywood and Beyond,” the 10th in its series of popular afterhours parties, last Saturday night, featuring the sights and sounds of classic Bollywood films, ancient Indian artwork and modern Indian American culture. The event, which highlights the contemporary art exhibition “Perspectives: Rina Banerjee” at the Sackler and “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” at the National Museum of Natural History, celebrated Indian culture while following the Asia After Dark mantra: “Art, Drink, and Be Happy.”
Well after gallery closing at 8PM, the subterranean Sackler Gallery transformed into a dance floor for beats by world-renowned Basement Bhangra pioneer DJ Rekha and live dance performances by the South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute. Guests mingled while enjoying lessons in Bharata Natyam and Bollywood dance and created fun photo booth memories.
Contemporary art curator Carol Huh also led talks of the site-specific installation “A World Lost” by Indian American artist Rina Banerjee in its final weekend on view, and associate curator of South and Southeast Asian art Debra Diamond was on hand to explore the Sackler’s collections of South Asian and Himalayan Art.
*Photos credit Cory Grace