Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art

Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global culture of Islamic art and design through innovative exhibitions, guided tours, and public programs.
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Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global culture of Islamic art, design and culture through bold and innovative exhibitions, guided tours, public programs and digital initiatives. For tour information and reservations, please call the Shangri La Tour Office at the Honolulu Museum of Art: (808) 532-3853

Mission: The mission of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art is to promote the study and understanding of Islamic arts and cultures. DDFIA pursues its mission in two ways: •Through Shangri La in Honolulu, which is owned and supported by DDFIA and undertakes a range of activities as a center for learning about Islamic arts and cultures; and •Through the Building Bridges Program, which is based in New York and awards grants to promote the use of arts and media to improve Americans' understanding of Muslim societies. Based in New York, DDFIA is one of three operating foundations supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Aloha, friends! Beginning Friday, March 13, Shangri La will be closed to the public until further notice. Our priority i...
03/13/2020

Aloha, friends! Beginning Friday, March 13, Shangri La will be closed to the public until further notice. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our staff and visitors and support local, national and international efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. While there are no suspected or confirmed cases connected to the museum, we believe that this decision is in the best interest of public health. We look forward to announcing when we will reopen. Please be safe, be healthy and wash your hands!

International Women’s Day x #5WomenArtists campaign! LA-based, Baghdad-born artist @hayvkahraman whose “To the Land of t...
03/08/2020

International Women’s Day x #5WomenArtists campaign! LA-based, Baghdad-born artist @hayvkahraman whose “To the Land of the Waqwaq” series (2019) was inspired by Hawaii and her residency at Shangri La. Kahraman reinterprets the story of the Waqwaq tree, recentering the women as agents of their own (and their sisters’) freedom by having them cut themselves free. Women inspire. Women persist.

Guess what? We have a new website! ✅
03/07/2020

Guess what? We have a new website! ✅

Behind the scenes: Conservator + Galleries and Collections Coordinator working on Object 48.70.
03/05/2020

Behind the scenes: Conservator + Galleries and Collections Coordinator working on Object 48.70.

We are under construction (again)! Please note that from March to May 2020, the Mughal Gallery and other areas of Shangr...
02/27/2020

We are under construction (again)! Please note that from March to May 2020, the Mughal Gallery and other areas of Shangri La may be closed to the public due to construction. Tours may experience minor interruptions during this period. Thank you for your understanding as Shangri La improves the visitor experience! Image of the Playhouse under construction November 1, 1938.

What happens when the museum is closed the public? The answer: 🧙‍♀️magic (and rotations). We recently completed a rotati...
02/25/2020

What happens when the museum is closed the public? The answer: 🧙‍♀️magic (and rotations). We recently completed a rotation of some of the textiles on display in our galleries. This is the Ottoman Gallery wall case in which a textile is being rotated out in order to display another exquisite resource from the collection (object number 83.5 which you can see on the above seating area). Textile rotations usually happen every four months.

Experience a unique and memorable introduction to Islamic art, culture and design. The museum is only accessible through...
02/17/2020

Experience a unique and memorable introduction to Islamic art, culture and design. The museum is only accessible through a special tour program offered Wednesday through Saturday by the Honolulu Museum of Art. Reserve your spot today! https://www.honolulumuseum.org/4883-tours_shangri_la

02/06/2020
www.shangrilahawaii.org

We’re hiring! Communications Specialist. The Communications Specialist writes, generates and manages our communications, including branding, graphic design, marketing, digital media (web, email, social media), and public relations. The ideal candidate has journalist sensibilities, a flair for visual design, digital and social media savvy and a passion for storytelling!

How to apply + more information:

https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/globalassets/footer-pages/jobs/2020_ddfia_communications_specialist-final.pdf

Interested in becoming an intern at Shangri La? We’re offering summer internships in Curation & Exhibitions and Collecti...
02/05/2020

Interested in becoming an intern at Shangri La? We’re offering summer internships in Curation & Exhibitions and Collections Management! The application deadline is March 13, 2020. 👉👉👉 Visit: https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/internships

We are excited to announce that Chicago-based performing artist collective Ayodele Drum and Dance will be featured in a ...
02/01/2020

We are excited to announce that Chicago-based performing artist collective Ayodele Drum and Dance will be featured in a Shangri La Residency from February 14-23! “Ayodele” is a Yoruba word that means “Joy in the home” and this amazing sister-circle collective of performing artists fosters community from a feminine perspective through diasporic African drum and dance, using the artform to heal, educate and motivate in an unending circle firmly rooted in joy. During the residency, the troupe will hold community workshops and public performances celebrating life and empowerment. Ticket and event information for the Ayodele Drum and Dance performance at Shangri La on February 20 and at the Hawaii State Art Museum’s “Super Saturday” event on February 22 will be announced soon! The Ayodele Drum and Dance residency is held in partnership with @popoloproject and its Black Futures Month and @hawaiistateartmuseum

We are pleased to announce that Honolulu-based Kamran Samimi will be an artist-in-residence from January-July at Shangri...
01/23/2020

We are pleased to announce that Honolulu-based Kamran Samimi will be an artist-in-residence from January-July at Shangri La! Over the course of this unique residency, Samimi will be creating original artworks for two exhibitions that will open later this year. Informed by an interest in universal forms, Samimi’s work encourages the contemplation of identity and one’s relationship to the environment. This perspective is the driving force behind his explorations of change, connections, and the search for the essence of all things. Samimi grew up in Laupāhoehoe on the Big Island of Hawai‘i with an Iranian/Scandinavian background. His work has been shown extensively around Hawai‘i, the continental US, Australia, and Japan. He holds a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in sculpture and print media from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Saturday at the museum: Internationally-renowned Islamic art historian, Dr. Yves Porter of the Université d'Aix-Marseill...
01/12/2020

Saturday at the museum: Internationally-renowned Islamic art historian, Dr. Yves Porter of the Université d'Aix-Marseille, discussed his recent research into Kashan luxury ceramics and Shangri La's collection of Ilkhanid tiles during a small workshop with museum guides and staff. Dr. Porter was a scholar-in-residence at Shangri La in 2010.

🚪The conservation and cleaning of the collection is an ongoing, behind-the-scenes task at Shangri La. Earlier this week,...
01/10/2020

🚪The conservation and cleaning of the collection is an ongoing, behind-the-scenes task at Shangri La. Earlier this week, staff finished cleaning the large Moroccan cedar doors leading to the Mihrab room. Commissioned in 1937 from craftspeople in Morocco, these doors (Object Number 64.47a-b) characterize architectural traditions across Morocco (arch-spandrel-soaring doors) of entrances to rooms located off central courtyards.🚪

“This is a time when a museum must be vocal.  As a museum of Islamic art, culture and design with a collection containin...
01/08/2020

“This is a time when a museum must be vocal. As a museum of Islamic art, culture and design with a collection containing thousands of materials of artistic, cultural, historical, intellectual and spiritual significance from North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South and Southeast Asia, Shangri La opposes the destruction of cultural heritage meant to intimidate and inflict harm; indeed, the museum aspires to preserve these materials in perpetuity so we may discover our common humanity. Human dignity is embodied in the things created to represent our sacred beliefs, our daily customs and our boldest ideas. Here is a selection of objects from the region that is known as Iran.” - Konrad Ng, Executive Director.

Selected scenes from the residencies, exhibitions and programs of 2019 at the museum. 2020 promises to be just as exciti...
01/01/2020

Selected scenes from the residencies, exhibitions and programs of 2019 at the museum. 2020 promises to be just as exciting, just as dynamic, and just as impactful! 🎉 Happy New Year to all 🎉

Want to visit us? We hope so! A limited number of tour tickets are available at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Tours are of...
12/24/2019

Want to visit us? We hope so! A limited number of tour tickets are available at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday. Click the link in our bio for more information. Please plan ahead as tours sell out in advance of the tour date!

Results from last week's global Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with students and professors of Islamic art across the country!
12/17/2019

Results from last week's global Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with students and professors of Islamic art across the country!

Coinciding with the Iranian celebration of Shab-e Yalda (winter solstice festival), a heartfelt night of storytelling, p...
12/15/2019

Coinciding with the Iranian celebration of Shab-e Yalda (winter solstice festival), a heartfelt night of storytelling, poetry and music at the museum with Hawai‘i-based and Iranian-born hip hop artist, Navid Najafi (aka @illnomadic)!

We are partnering with the Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theater to offer a free workshop on "Inverse Surveillance...
12/10/2019
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, & Design. | Inverse Surveillance: A Crypto-Workshop with Assia Boundaoui

We are partnering with the Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theater to offer a free workshop on "Inverse Surveillance" with filmmaker and journalist Assia Boundaoui. Boundaoui's film, the "Feeling of Being Watched" is screening this Friday December 13 at 7 PM at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Details about the free workshop and the screening here: https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/programs/calendar-of-events/inverse-surveillance/

Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global cultures of Islamic art and design through exhibitions, digital and education initiatives, public tours and programs, and community partnerships.

Happening Now on Twitter!
12/09/2019

Happening Now on Twitter!

We just completed some important structural projects at the Playhouse: a new roof and new columns! The Playhouse at Shan...
12/07/2019

We just completed some important structural projects at the Playhouse: a new roof and new columns! The Playhouse at Shangri La is a poolside pavilion inspired by the Chehel Sutun (c. 1647–50) palace in Isfahan, the capital of Iran from 1598 to 1722. It is used for a range of exciting public programs.

Did you spot #theredchador over the weekend?*Performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali has been staging public encounters while ...
11/18/2019

Did you spot #theredchador over the weekend?
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Performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali has been staging public encounters while wearing a red sequined chador around the world since 2015. Through these performances, Ali questions stereotypes, perceptions and fears of otherness. In 2018, “The Red Chador” disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
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In Honolulu, “The Red Chador” was joined by six additional sequined chadors, each created in a different color of the rainbow, illustrating how “The Red Chador” returns in an ānuenue (rainbow). In Hawai‘i, the ānuenue holds various meanings - it can be a pathway taken by the souls of the dead towards heavenly realms, symbolizing a bridge of transformation between earthly constraints and celestial freedoms. Here in Honolulu, “The Red Chador” takes its rainbow path back to the living world to re-engage in a playful dialogue about agency, Islamophobia and occupied/occupying or queer/queering spaces.
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Ali and filmmaker, Sugano Masahiro - cofounders of Studio Revolt, were in residence at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design from November 7-17, 2019. While in residence they staged performances of “The Red Chador: Genesis I” at Shangri La and around Honolulu and captured a series of images and videos.

11/16/2019

The Red Chador: Genesis I with Anida Yoeu Ali in Kaka’ako now!

11/16/2019

Come be a part of The Red Chador: Genesis I performance! One final performance with Anida Yoeu Ali and the Rainbow chadors happening right now in Kaka’ako. We’re setup off of Auahi street, behind Office Max until ~6 pm!

Catch director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s film “The Perfect Candidate” at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival on Saturday, ...
11/15/2019
THE PERFECT CANDIDATE | View All Films | Hawaii International Film Festival

Catch director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s film “The Perfect Candidate” at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival on Saturday, Nov 16 at 3 PM. This screening will be followed by a special ‘Master Class’ with Al-Mansour.
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Al-Mansour’s debut feature “WADJDA” (2012) broke new ground as the first-ever film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia — and the first made by a Saudi woman. Her work has influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers.
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Get $2 off tickets to this film (online orders only) by using promo code MAHALO39.

Opening Film | Centerpiece Film | Closing Film American Indies Documentaries European Showcase Film For Thought HIFF Extreme Made In Hawaii Mixed Plate New American Perspectives Pacific Showcase Premieres Southeast Asian Showcase Spotlight on China Spotlight on Hong Kong Spotlight on India Spotlight...

Catch @anidashogun #theredchador performances in person today! From 9:30-11 am on Waikiki Beach (near the Moana Surfride...
11/15/2019

Catch @anidashogun #theredchador performances in person today! From 9:30-11 am on Waikiki Beach (near the Moana Surfrider); from 3-6 pm in Kaka’ako (at the corner of Cooke and Auahi streets)! #theredchadorgenesis #rainbowchadorgang

Our next residency starts today! Anida Yoeu Ali and Masahiro Sugano are the cofounders and creative minds behind Studio ...
11/08/2019

Our next residency starts today! Anida Yoeu Ali and Masahiro Sugano are the cofounders and creative minds behind Studio Revolt. While in residence, they will be reviving a new iteration of “The Red Chador” at several sites around Honolulu, including Shangri La.
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Ali debuted “The Red Chador” in 2015. Wearing a sparkly red-sequined chador—a dress sometimes worn by Muslim women—she performed at various sites around the world, challenging public perceptions of Muslims and highlighting issues of Islamophobia.
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In 2017, “The Red Chador” disappeared from Ali’s luggage while in transit. It was last seen at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel on December, 2, 2017.
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“Rani and Malta: Royal Women in South Asia” is the newest rotation on view in our Manuscript Gallery. Royan women of Sou...
11/07/2019

“Rani and Malta: Royal Women in South Asia” is the newest rotation on view in our Manuscript Gallery. Royan women of South Asia–“Rani” signifies “queen” in Hindi, and “malka” in Urdu–have been the subjects of a wide range of paintings that offer rich insight into the rarified world of royal women.
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“A Courtly Procession with Camel-Mounted Princesses”
India, 20th century�Paper, gouache�11.10
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"A Female Courtier and Her Attendants" from a “Ragamala: Raga Malkauns” series
India (Rajasthan), c. 1750 CE�Paper, opaque watercolor, gold�11.19 @ Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

We thought this group of little creepy crawly figurines from our collection would be appropriate to share today! 🦇🦂🦎#hap...
10/31/2019

We thought this group of little creepy crawly figurines from our collection would be appropriate to share today! 🦇🦂🦎#happyhalloween
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Metalwork figurines, 20th century, 54.257a-f

If you missed out on tickets for Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia "Matakamaka" tomorrow night, they'll be having a ta...
10/26/2019
Talk Story with Papermoon Puppet Theatre

If you missed out on tickets for Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia "Matakamaka" tomorrow night, they'll be having a talk story session East-West Center Arts Program on Tuesday, October 29. This event is free and they will share a small excerpt from their program tonight!

Artists from Papermoon Puppet Theatre talk story and share an excerpt from "Matakamaka" developed in residence at Shangri La

We're in The New York Times! Read up on how we're trying to expand upon our mission and broaden the definition of "Islam...
10/25/2019
A Hawaii Home for Islamic Art Widens Its Scope

We're in The New York Times! Read up on how we're trying to expand upon our mission and broaden the definition of "Islamic art".

At the Shangri La museum in Honolulu, curators are redefining their vision of the genre and reaching out to new visitors (and visiting artists).

A couple teaser images for Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia’s production, “Matakamaka.” If you missed out on tickets ...
10/22/2019

A couple teaser images for Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia’s production, “Matakamaka.” If you missed out on tickets for all three of the performances on Saturday, Oct 26 - join the waitlist so you can be notified if we are able release more tickets! https://matakamaka.eventbrite.com

Meet Ria, Anton, and Beni! These three talented artists, from Papermoon Puppet Theatre, will be busy creating a brand ne...
10/17/2019

Meet Ria, Anton, and Beni! These three talented artists, from Papermoon Puppet Theatre, will be busy creating a brand new production for Shangri La over the next week! If you’re visiting the museum, be sure to take a peek into their studio in the Dining Room to see what kind of puppet-magic they’re making! #papermoongoestohawaii #artistsatshangrila #papermoonpuppet #puppets #puppetshow

10/17/2019
Introduction about Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Meet Papermoon Puppet Theatre! Three of the artists from Papermoon are in residence at Shangri La through October 30. While in residence, they will be creating an original production from the ground-up to be performed at the museum on October 26! Tickets for this special performance will go on sale Friday, October 18 at 12:00 PM. Visit our website for more info and to buy tickets!

Papermoon Puppet Theatre ; what do we do? we do experiment in puppetry, making performances, visual art installations, conducting workshops, open a residency...

Hello world! We reopened today after a month-long closure. This exhibition of Indonesian masks from our collection is ju...
10/02/2019

Hello world! We reopened today after a month-long closure. This exhibition of Indonesian masks from our collection is just one of the many projects we worked on during the closure! “Out of the Shadows” will be on view through January 29.

We’re back! Well, we didn’t really go anywhere but we reopen to tours this week! We’ve been busy working on a number of ...
09/30/2019

We’re back! Well, we didn’t really go anywhere but we reopen to tours this week! We’ve been busy working on a number of programs, exhibitions, and residencies during the closure. In two weeks, we welcome Papermoon Puppet Theatre to Shangri La for a residency from Oct 15-30. Based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, @papermoonpuppet has been advancing the art of puppetry since 2006. Theater co-founder, Maria Tri Sulistyani, will be joined by two of Papermoon’s expert puppeteers, Beni Sanjaya and Anton Fajri, to create & perform an original production featuring local stories and their life-like puppets! Stay tuned for more info on their upcoming performance at Shangri La (details still tbd)!

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Built in Honolulu, Hawaii between 1936-1938, Shangri La houses Doris Duke’s intriguing collection of Islamic art. Education programs such as residencies, lectures, performances, panel discussions, among other special events with a focus on Muslim arts and culture are offered. The estate can also be visited by public tour and by virtual tour.

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Cindy Rosner you are on Oahu, I'm going next month. This is a must see, jaw dropping interiors!
Aloha Please add me to your mailing? [email protected] Mahalo
Beautiful art ❤
Hi, I have dreams and goals and one of them is to really own a place like Doris Duke had. Can you tell me how much a place like that costs??
since then peace sorry both complicated elohim's empiro is that his name?
Robin and Arlie this is so worth seeing.
After absorbing myself in Islamic art for the past four years I must say; I'm totally inspired to carrying on.
ALOHA! I wanted to ask you if the construction is still going on as your blog is dated from October 2017... Or all the remodeling is finished now ? THANK YOU so much
Happy new year!
Another must see Pam Candelaria!