Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art
Debra Diamond received her PhD in South Asian art history from Columbia University (2000) and has published numerous articles on Indian and contemporary Asian art. A specialist in Indian court painting, Debra curated Garden and Cosmos: Royal Painting of Jodhpur, which opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on October 11, 2008. The exhibition then traveled to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the British Museum, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Debra has curated numerous exhibitions at the Sackler Gallery, including Facing East: Portraits from Asia (2006), Perspectives: Simryn Gill (2006), Autofocus: Raghubir Singh’s Way into India (2003), Worlds Within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran (2012) and Yoga: The Art of Transformation (2013). She is currently planning an exhibition on the Freer Gallery’s portrait of Mumtaz Mahal (2014). In 2010, Debra received the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prize for the Gardens and Cosmos: Royal Painting of Jodhpur exhibition catalogue.