Islamic Art and Architecture, South Asian Art
Ph.D., NYU / Institute of Fine Arts, 2011
M.A., Hunter College, City University of NY , 2000
M.B.A., University of Karachi, Pakistan, 1993
Qamar Adamjee is Associate Curator of South Asian art at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco where she is curating the museum’s presentation of the upcoming exhibitions Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning (August 2013), Yoga: The Art of Transformation (February 2014) and Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World (June 2015). Qamar has previously worked at the Islamic department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has taught courses at New York area universities, and also holds an MBA degree in Marketing from Karachi University (Pakistan). Qamar earned her doctorate in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2011 where her dissertation work studied visual narrative strategies in an illustrated Indian Sufi romance.
Qamar’s current research interests revolve around exploring dialogic relationships in Indian paintings that inform understandings of their form, function, and reception. An immersion in museum practice has also inspired her interest in finding ways to meaningfully translate the past, through art objects, in terms that make history relevant for our world today.