Morris Museum to Host Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition
Morristown, NJ (April 27, 2015) — From the builders of some of America’s earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers and digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life.
The Smithsonian traveling exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” details the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the United States from the 1700s to the present. The first-of-its-kind exhibition from the Smithsonian will be on view at the Morris Museum from May 2 through July 12, 2015. The Morristown presentation of “Beyond Bollywood” will be complimented by an installation featuring twentieth century paintings by Indian American artists, a display showcasing Indian textiles and costumes, and a variety of programs and events.
Approximately 17 million people in the United States are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, and the number is expected to climb to 41 million by 2050. One in every 100 Americans has a family connection to India. Indian immigrants helped build the nation’s railroads, worked in lumber mills, toiled on farms and established prosperous trading routes that are still in use today. Through a vibrant collection of photographs and interactive learning stations, visitors will experience the Indian American story and explore the many dynamic roles Indian Americans have played in shaping America.
“Indian Americans represent an important and growing community here in New Jersey,” said Linda Moore, Executive Director of the Morris Museum. “This wonderful exhibition offers the opportunity to deepen our awareness of the Asian Pacific American experience and foster cross cultural understanding.”
In conjunction with “Beyond Bollywood,” the Morris Museum will hold the following programs and events. Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973.971.3706 or online at morrismuseum.org.
• Beyond Bollywood Family Festival
Saturday, May 9, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Centered on the exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” the festival offers activities for everyone in the family.
11:00am: See an Indian dance performance with accomplished Bharathanatyam performer Ramya Ramnarayan.
1:30pm: Watch an Indian magic show with Shreeyash Palshikar.
3:00pm: Listen to a talk on the history of Indian magic.
Tickets: Free for Members; $7/child, $10/adult for Non-Members
Combo Ticket (includes Festival and Indian magic show performance): $10 Members; $15 Non-members
Indian Magic Art Show
Saturday, May 9, 1:30pm
Join world-class magical entertainer Shreeyash Palshikar for a show featuring the mysterious world of Indian magic. The performance will include the Indian rope trick, a water suspension mystery demonstration, and more.
Shreeyash Palshikar is the premier Indian magician in the United States. Combining the best of Eastern and Western magic, he has created a unique fusion magical style that appeals to people worldwide. Palshikar has studied the styles of magicians such as Penn & Teller, and Samjunath Wadi, one of India’s oldest living jadoowallas. For further information, visit palshikar.com.
Tickets: $10 Members; $12 Non-Members; $9 Groups (20 or more)
Thursday, May 14, 2:00-3:30pm
Creating mandalas, a meditative process that has been practiced by Buddhist monks for centuries using colored glass sand, has become a mainstay in the Western world thanks to psychiatrist/ psychologist Carl J. Jung. The mandala can be used today as a method of reducing stress, decreasing anxiety, and an opportunity for self-reflection, as the inner circle represents each individual’s personal universe.
This workshop, facilitated by a board certified art therapist, is an experiential opportunity to learn about the mandala, its history and healing properties, and to create your own mandala, a reflection of your inner world. This program is being sponsored by the Healing Arts Program at Atlantic Health System. FREE with Museum admission. Reservations required. For reservations, call973.971.3706.
The Morris Museum’s presentation of “Beyond Bollywood” was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
The exhibition has been funded in large part by donations from philanthropists and corporations from across the country. Lead gifts came from Dr. and Mrs. Kanu Shah and Sadhana and Rick Downs, with additional major gift support from TV Asia, the Epker-Sinha Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, Umang and Ruth Gupta, Gautam and Varsha Chandra, Washington Gas, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Goldman Sachs, Robert N. Johnson, Sunita and Dan Leeds, Haresh and Alpa Bhungalia, Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee, Girish and Indu Jindia, Rohit and Joy Kirpalani, Anil and Sonjui Lal Kumar, Dr. Mahinder and Sharad Tak, Southwest Airlines and the Network of Indian Professionals Foundation.
SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at www.sites.si.edu.
The Asian Pacific American Center provides vision, leadership, and support for Asian and Pacific Islander American initiatives for the Smithsonian Institution and works to better reflect their contributions to the American experience, world culture, and the understanding of our planet and the natural world throughout Smithsonian Institution collections, research, exhibitions, outreach, and education programs.
Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.
The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.