How do museum exhibitions about religion shape public understandings of religion and race today? What are some of the challenges and prospects that curators and museum professionals face in “representing religion” to diverse audiences?
Curator Azra Dawood and Professor Najam Haider join in conversation to address these questions and more. Azra Dawood is the curator of the Museum of the City of New York exhibition “City of Faith: Religion, Activism, and Urban Space,” which focuses on South Asian communities in New York. Najam Haider is a Professor of Religion at Barnard College.Photo credit: View of Utsa Hazarika's Pilgrims/This Is Not That Dawn (2022) and Amit Amin and Naroop Jhooti's Sikh Project series (2016). Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, photograph by Brad Farwell