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.

On June 19, 2020, join The Pōpolo Project Grateful for their voices and work together.
06/16/2020

On June 19, 2020, join The Pōpolo Project Grateful for their voices and work together.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation joins Ford Foundation W.K. Kellogg Foundation MacArthur Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon...
06/11/2020

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation joins Ford Foundation W.K. Kellogg Foundation MacArthur Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to increase funding for Covid-19 Recovery!

We're proud to be part of a historic $1.7B+ partnership with Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to increase our support to nonprofits at a time when they are contending with the devastating economic effects of Covid-19 while simultaneously seeing an unprecedented demand for their services.

"Amidst this global crisis, we have the opportunity and obligation to intensify our commitment to addressing inequities to ensure a future that improves on the past," said Ed Henry, President and CEO of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. "The nonprofit sector is essential to building a just and thriving society, and in this moment, their work is more critical than ever. Working with foundations across the country, we will drive forward with a reinforced dedication to our missions and step up our support to vitally important human services, public health, research, environmental, and arts and cultural organizations."

Learn more: https://www.ddcf.org/globalassets/about-us/covid-19/2020-joint-foundation-announcement-re-increase-in-funding-final.pdf?id=6465

#philanthropyjoinsforces #covid19

Available on our website and follow the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation on Twitter @DorisDukeFdn to discover more voice...
06/06/2020

Available on our website and follow the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation on Twitter @DorisDukeFdn to discover more voices, research and strategies for change.

In solidarity. #theshowmustbepaused #blackouttuesday
06/02/2020

In solidarity. #theshowmustbepaused #blackouttuesday

05/28/2020
Second Language : The Story of Illnomadic

This week we’ve been thinking a lot about storytelling. Stories that are told through art can be some of the most profound and allow for very personal connections. Back in December of 2019 we had the pleasure of working with Tehran-born, Honolulu-based MC Navid Najafi aka Illnomadic. Check out this video where he shares some of his story and ideas about place, identity, and his connection to Shangri La.

Hawai‘i-based hip hop artist, Navid Najafi (aka Illnomadic) provided an epic night of storytelling, poetry and music at Shangri La on December 14th, 2019. Co...

05/24/2020

Have a blessed eid ✨🌙

Last year, eid was celebrated with a performance by @thereminders during their residency at the museum. Learn more at our YouTube channel!

05/23/2020
Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan Performance at Shangri La Museum

This week's American Muslim Futures virtual concert inspired us to dig through some of our musical archives and we found this gem! Here's a beautiful performance by Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan at Shangri La in 2014. Happy Friday!

Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain Khan (b. Pakistan) is a virtuoso sitarist from a long line of influential musicians of the Delhi Gharana (lineage) dating back to the ea...

Did you catch the American Muslim Futures concert livestream yesterday? Don’t worry if you missed it, we’ll be archiving...
05/21/2020
Museum Take-Out – Shangri La

Did you catch the American Muslim Futures concert livestream yesterday? Don’t worry if you missed it, we’ll be archiving it on our #MuseumTakeOut page for you to watch later! In the meantime, check out our growing menu of experiences to meet you where you’re at!

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

05/20/2020
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Here we go!

🛋🎶 Join us for a LIVE Couch Concert! For this Wednesday Community Spotlight, the Kennedy Center partners with American Muslim Futures to present Raef, The Reminders, and Madame Gandhi, with host Ascia Sahar.

Presented as part of #KCCouchConcerts, a new live performance series by Millennium Stage streaming every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. ➡ http://bit.ly/KCCouchConcerts

05/19/2020

👉👉👉 American Muslim Futures Virtual Concert via The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Wed. May 20 1pm (Hawaii) / 7pm (Eastern) in partnership with Muslim Advocates featuring the excellent The Reminders Madame Gandhi Raef I am ASCIA

Guess what? We’re working on an exciting project with Muslim Advocates called American MuslimFutures!  It begins with a ...
05/16/2020

Guess what? We’re working on an exciting project with Muslim Advocates called American Muslim
Futures! It begins with a special virtual concert on Wednesday, May 20 7pm EST (1pm HST) in collaboration with the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts featuring Raef, The Reminders, Madame Gandhi, emceed by Ascia Sahar - learn more at https://americanmuslimfutures.com!

Shangri La Art Club! Draw, sketch, or create artwork inspired by our collection! Share your artistic awesomeness with us...
05/14/2020

Shangri La Art Club! Draw, sketch, or create artwork inspired by our collection! Share your artistic awesomeness with us so we can feature you in our virtual Art Club Gallery!

Shangri La Art Club! Draw, sketch, or create artwork inspired by our collection! Share your artistic awesomeness with us so we can feature you in our virtual Art Club Gallery!

We've created a new Spotify playlist! Nourishment Vol. 2 features former Shangri La Artists in Residence, The Reminders,...
05/11/2020
Nourishment Vol. 2, a playlist by Shangri La on Spotify

We've created a new Spotify playlist! Nourishment Vol. 2 features former Shangri La Artists in Residence, The Reminders, OMAR OFFENDUM, Amir ElSaffar, and Alsarah & The Nubatones. It gives homage to African music greats, Tony Allen and Idir who both passed on this month, and it continues to explore last week's theme of coffee with some really interesting musical mashups. We hope you enjoy it!

A curated playlist of music from around the globe inspired by our collection, our residencies, and our staff! Nourishment Vol. 2 features former Shangri La Artists in Residence, Alsarah and the Nubatones, The Reminders and Omar Offendum.

We still have coffee on the mind since revisiting, The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee yesterday...
05/08/2020

We still have coffee on the mind since revisiting, The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee yesterday. Here's one of our staff member's artistic interpretations of the term "marqaha" or coffee's ability to "bring to the drinker a sprightliness of spirit and state of mental well being" using a coffee cup from our collection as inspiration. Want to create art with us? Tag us and we'll feature it in our Shangri La Art Club online gallery!

Featured Artwork:
Porcelain Coffee Cup and Enameled Gold Coffee Cup Holder (Zarf)
19th century, Switzerland
Ottoman Market
Enameled gold, porcelain
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
44.8.2a-b

05/07/2020
The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee

Today we’re revisiting a Shangri La program from 2018, The Muhammadan Bean: The Secret History of Islam and Coffee.

From the secretive circles of Yemen's ancient Sufi mystics to the Constantinople court of the Ottoman Sultans to the backstreets of Mercantile London, coffee has changed every society that fell under its heady sway. Shangri La resident Abdul-Rehman Malik and Mokhtar Alkhanshali, founder of the Port of Mokha coffee company and the subject of Dave Eggers' bestselling book The Monk of Mokha, explore the history, culture, politics and spirituality of coffee.

Watch the full version on our YouTube Channel here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6AoJUaRIxWk&t=1434s

Shangri La Art Club! Draw, sketch, or create artwork inspired by our collection! Share your artistic awesomeness with us...
05/01/2020

Shangri La Art Club! Draw, sketch, or create artwork inspired by our collection! Share your artistic awesomeness with us so we can feature you in our virtual Art Club Gallery!

Shangri La Art Club! Draw, sketch, or create artwork inspired by our collection! Share your artistic awesomeness with us so we can feature you in our virtual Art Club Gallery!

We've created a Shangri La curated Spotify playlist! Nourish yourself with music from around the globe inspired by our r...
04/29/2020

We've created a Shangri La curated Spotify playlist! Nourish yourself with music from around the globe inspired by our residencies, our collections, and our staff! Nourishment Vol. I features former Shangri La Artists in Residence, Alsarah & The Nubatones and The Reminders and Honolulu-based MC, Illnomadic.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3HywRiF9YNWCfa9RC5EwL8?si=pI0mmQZnSICLrTqInWd0-g

Featured Artwork: A Garden Scene with Musicians, 20th century, Iran, Safavid Revival
Paper, gouache, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, 11.16

04/27/2020
“Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye

It is still April which means it is still National Poetry Month! During these challenging times, we think of Naomi Shihab Nye’s beautiful poem “Kindness” (1995). Naomi is an inspiring award-winning Palestinian American author and poet who was an artist-in-residence at Shangri La in 2016. She is so cool! Naomi read this poem during a public event at Shangri La. It begins, “Before you must know what kindness really is, you must lose things...” Watch Naomi read her poems or enjoy the work of other amazing artists-in-residence on our YouTube channel! #nationalpoetrymonth #museumfromhome #kindness

Ramadan Kareem ✨🌙 Wishing all a blessed month ahead!Featured Artwork: Polychrome Cotton Prayer Carpet with Niche and Lam...
04/24/2020

Ramadan Kareem ✨🌙
Wishing all a blessed month ahead!

Featured Artwork: Polychrome Cotton Prayer Carpet with Niche and Lamp Motifs, 19th century, Cotton, polychrome pigments, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, 83.19

Many pieces in our collection like this polychrome embroidered suzani with floral motifs feature beautiful depictions of...
04/23/2020

Many pieces in our collection like this polychrome embroidered suzani with floral motifs feature beautiful depictions of nature. In celebration of Earth Day, some of the Shangri La staff are creating their own versions and we'd like to invite you to join! Use some markers, colored pencils, or crayons to recreate this design or create your own! What kind of plants and flowers do you see around you that you could add into your design? Share a picture of your creation in the comments below!

Object Significance:
Suzani (derived from the Persian word for needle, suzan), were traditionally made by women at home for the dowry of a family member. A new bride would go to her husband’s home laden with textiles embroidered by herself, her mother, aunts, and sisters. Apotropaic motifs were therefore key in the ornamentation of these artworks, to send the blessings and protection of her old home to her new one. Suzanis were assembled from strips of cotton cloth, tacked together and lightly penciled with the pattern by an expert designer called a kalamkash, then disassembled so that each panel could be individually embroidered in silk floss by multiple artists.

Find more images and info here:

https://collection.shangrilahawaii.org/objects/3775/polychrome-embroidered-suzani-with-floral-motifs?ctx=582d33e2845562259a9d13376b12dbcbc4bde33c&idx=19

04/17/2020
Imu-Iftar at Shangri La

A week from today will mark the beginning of Ramadan, a holy month in Islam during which time Muslim people around the world refrain from eating food and drinking water from dawn until dusk and focus on faith, charity, self-reflection and strive to become closer to God. Last year at Shangri La we held an “Imu Iftar". It was wonderful to share our cultural practices and partake in an iftar meal cooked in a traditional Hawaiian way. Many thanks to our awesome colleague Viliame Tuifua for being the Imu Master! We know that this year it might be tough to share meals in person but we'd love to know what you're cooking at home. Share your Ramadan or comfort food recipes with us and we'll compile them to create an ultimate recipe resource! Send a list of ingredients, process, and a photos or videos to [email protected] or message us here on Facebook!

Shangri La recently hosted its first Iftar at the museum! Mahalo to Shangri La lead security guard, Viliami Tuifua, for gathering the supplies and building t...

04/15/2020
The Reminders in Residence at Shangri La

Last year we had the pleasure of hosting the uplifting musical duo, The Reminders in residence at Shangri La in partnership with the The Pōpolo Project. Their positive energy and ability to evoke emotion through song is truly special. Check the link in the comments below for Aja's online workshop, "Writing with Feeling: Creative Writing with Aja Black".

The Reminders were in residence at Shangri La from May 26-June 7, 2019. Dynamic musical group, The Reminders, seamlessly blend hip hop, soul and roots music ...

#Museumfromhome and color our collection! Download, color and discover the objects and cultural resources available at t...
04/10/2020

#Museumfromhome and color our collection! Download, color and discover the objects and cultural resources available at the museum. Choose colors that spark your imagination. Visit our website: www.shangrilahawaii.org

Our beloved parent organization Doris Duke Charitable Foundation joined a coalition of national arts grant makers to cre...
04/08/2020

Our beloved parent organization Doris Duke Charitable Foundation joined a coalition of national arts grant makers to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the U.S.

To help artists affected by COVID-19, we have joined forces with other funders to support Artist Relief — a new national initiative offering immediate, unrestricted grants of $5,000 to individual artists of all disciplines, as well as information and resources to help those in need. Go to artistrelief.org to learn more and apply. #artistrelief

04/05/2020
Ayodele Drum and Dance in Residence at Shangri La

We had the immense pleasure of hosting the vibrant women of Ayodele Drum & Dance in residence at Shangri La in February, 2020 in partnership with the The Pōpolo Project and the PAʻI Foundation. Here’s Executive Artistic Director T. Ayo Alston sharing a recap of their experience with us. Make sure to follow Ayodele’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay connected and join in on some virtual dance routines!

Ayodele Drum and Dance was in residence at Shangri La from February 14-23rd, 2020 in partnership with the Pōpolo Project, the Hawaii State Art Museum and the...

04/04/2020
Papermoon Puppet Theatre in Residence at Shangri La

In October of 2019, we had the pleasure of hosting Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Indonesia in residence at Shangri La. Here’s a little recap of their delightful residency. If you’d like to follow or support their work during this time, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages where they are conducting a 14-day virtual series entitled “IN THIS TIME: Talks with Puppetry Artists Around the Globe”. We hope their work brings some joy to you today!

Papermoon Puppet Theatre was in residence at Shangri La from October 15-30, 2019. Co-founded in 2006, Papermoon Puppet Theatre by Maria Tri Sulistyani, Paper...

Aloha! Our beloved Arts colleagues at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation have created a list of resources for arts org...
04/02/2020
COVID-19 Resources for the Performing Arts | Important Letter from the Arts Program About COVID-19 Response and Resources | Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Aloha! Our beloved Arts colleagues at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation have created a list of resources for arts organizations and artists contending with the impacts of COVID-19. The list of resources will be updated on a regular basis. We wish you health and hope during this challenging time!

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properti...

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

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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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The Reminders
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!