I realized as I walked through that this art was important to me personally, because it helped me grow in my knowledge of a part of the world I had just recently begun learning about. You see, about 18 months ago an exchange student from India came into our lives somewhat accidentally. Then, late last year I saw a list of books on a website someplace, and that list was something like "100 Books You Should Read Before You . . . " I checked off all of the books I had read on that list, and there were only about 40 left to read, so I thought I would at least take a look at them on my Kindle (I love that about Kindle -- the fact that you can download a free sample before committing to buying the whole book.)
The first book I chose was A Fine Balance by Mistry. I adored that book. I was sad when it was over, because I felt like I lost a lot of really interesting friends. The important thing for you to know in the context of this narrative is that that book was set in a large (fictitious) seaside city in India, from about the mid-1950s to the late 1970s or so. That puts the timing right in the middle of this collection of art from "Midnight to the Boom". In walking through the exhibit I felt I had a lot of my "friends" from that book back in my life.
Of course now you are wondering if you have to read that book in order to enjoy this show, and I would have to say "absolutely not" and here is the reason why -- yet again PEM has created a way to display art that encompasses the culture that helped to create the art. That alone puts it in context and displays it in a way that makes it very interesting, and when that is coupled with the great space that PEM has to display their exhibits, we have yet another wonderful show to see right here in Salem, MA.
So what is the title of this show all about? Here is PEMs own brief description of the show from their website:
Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India after IndependenceFrom the Peabody Essex Museum's Herwitz Collection
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