Pujan Gandhi joined the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) in the autumn of 2018, and has since transformed the display of the department’s collection. “With New Light: Mia’s Reinstalled Himalayan, South and Southeast Asian Art Galleries” (2020) presented recent acquisitions and reintroduced audiences to the immensely diverse artistic traditions of region by untangling complicated histories and celebrating artistic triumph. He is currently working towards a similar refresh in the “Arts of Islamic Cultures” Gallery (Summer 2021). Prior to Mia, Pujan served as a consulting curator at the High Museum in Atlanta, worked as an independent curator on several international projects, ran his own London-based art advisory business, and guest lectured at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Pujan was educated at Middlebury College and completed his postgraduate diploma and MA in the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, where he also cataloged at the British Museum. While his dissertation focused on early Jain art (c. 100 BCE to 300 CE) at a site in Mathura, India, Pujan considers himself an avid generalist, and is currently developing a Pan-Asian, transhistorical exhibition on Buddhism.