In 1999, Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany, chairman of the Sikh Foundation, made a gift of $500,000 along with 100 Sikh Art objects to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. With this generous gift, the Satinder Kaur Kapany Gallery of Sikh Art – named in honor of Dr. Kapany’s wife – was established. This gallery is the first permanent gallery of Sikh Art in North America.
Many of the artworks date from the 18th and 19th centuries and are sensitive to light, because of which they can only be displayed for short periods of time. As a result, the content of the Sikh Gallery changes approximately every 6 months.