Event Detail

Opening Reception: Journey to Fountaingrove and Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
8
November
2015
Sunday
From 4:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
Status:
Closed
Join us for an opening reception of two history exhibitions:  Journey to Fountaingrove: From Feudal Japan to California Utopia and Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.

With items from our collection, Paradise Ridge Winery, and from private collectors, the exhibition, Journey to Fountaingrove: From Feudal Japan to California Utopia, spans the large geographical and cultural distance that Nagasawa had to navigate. It is the story of the connections that brought this unusual man from Japan to Santa Rosa, and the man himself who became known as the "Wine King of California."

From the builders of some of America's earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers to digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life. Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation explores the Indian American experience and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history. The exhibition moves past pop-culture stereotypes of Indian Americans to explore the heritage, daily experience, and diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants in the United States. Weaving together stories of individual achievement and collective struggle, Beyond Bollywood uses photography, narrative, multimedia, and interactive stations to tell a uniquely American story, while conveying the texture, vibrancy, and vitality of Indian American communities. Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.