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.

Operating as usual

Today we present: Mina'i Bowl with Enthroned Ruler Surrounded by Socially Distancing Attendants and Sphinxes (Missing: @...
11/24/2020

Today we present:

Mina'i Bowl with Enthroned Ruler Surrounded by Socially Distancing Attendants and Sphinxes (Missing: @cdcgov recommended facial coverings - please wear one).

12th - 13th century
Kashan, Iran
Seljuq Legacy
Stonepaste, polychrome pigments, gilding
Diameter: 6 15/16 in. (17.6 cm)
Object Number: 48.333

This mina'i (Persian for “enameled”) bowl depicts a central, enthroned ruler orbited by four birds of prey, four standing courtiers, and four seated attendants. Two confronted sphinxes (female-headed lions with the wings of eagles) perch above his head, acting as apotropaic figures providing protection. The unique and richly-patterned costume of each courtly personage, elaborately painted to echo the sumptuous silks of the Seljuq élite (members of the Turkish dynasties ruling over Middle East and Central Asia in the 11th to 13th centuries), that had flowed across east-west trade routes.

11/18/2020
GLOBAL UPRISING: INDIGENEITY, LAND, HERITAGE // HAWAIʻI & PALESTINE

In case you missed our virtual event on Sunday, here's the recording! We partnered with Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, ArteEast, Honolulu Museum of Art, and the Arab American National Museum to host Global Uprisings: Indigeneity, Land, Heritage // Hawaii & Palestine featuring artists Nida Sinnokrot and Sean Connelly alongside discussants, 'Ilima Long and Nasser Abdourahme.

On November 15, 2020, #NYUKEVO virtually hosted a talk on Indigeneity, Land, Heritage // Hawaiʻi & Palestine with Nida Sinnokrot (Artist), Sean Connelly (Art...

During a period of anxiousness: tonight’s sunset as seen from the museum by longtime security officer, Brian de Silva. B...
11/07/2020

During a period of anxiousness: tonight’s sunset as seen from the museum by longtime security officer, Brian de Silva. Brian’s father worked at Shangri La during Doris Duke’s time!

Faisal Mohyuddin  Oak Park, ILDUA FOR AMERICA  Ink on watercolor paper, 18” x 24” (2020)Today - Election Day - we turn t...
11/04/2020

Faisal Mohyuddin Oak Park, IL
DUA FOR AMERICA Ink on watercolor paper, 18” x 24” (2020)

Today - Election Day - we turn to @faisalmohyuddin whose work is featured in AmericanMuslimFutures.com - our online exhibition with @muslimadvocates

Today - Election Day - we turn to Mohyuddin whose spirit reminds us of what is possible:

“No matter the outcome of this election, we have a long, long, long way to go.

As a person of faith, I believe in the power of prayer. But I also know that God has granted us power too, and instructs us to wield whatever power we can. Today, I continue to make dua that people vote, are able to vote safely and with dignity, and that every vote is heard. I'm also praying that we do more to take care of others and ourselves, renew one another's faith in ourselves. The past four years have shown us the power and necessity of allyship, of courage, of protest, of outrage, of patience, of hope, of action, of love, of faith, of invitation. Let's keep marching forward toward justice, peace, and goodness. Again, no matter the outcome of this election, we have a long, long, long way to go.

I leave you with DUA FOR AMERICA, and invite you, no matter what your relationship is to faith, to say it too, to add to it your own ‘ameen.’“

#americanmuslimfutures

A Conversation with Shangri La Artist-in-Residence Kamran SamimiFree Online Program! Thursday October 29 at 3PM (Hawaii ...
10/27/2020

A Conversation with Shangri La Artist-in-Residence Kamran Samimi

Free Online Program!

Thursday October 29 at 3PM (Hawaii Time)

Join Shangri La Artist-in-Residence, Kamran Samimi in conversation with Dr. Leslee Michelsen, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, as they discuss Samimi’s show, In Stillness, an exhibition of new work at the Honolulu Museum of Art that explores instances of change, transformation, and the passage of time.

Register here: https://www.shangrilahawaii.org/visit/events/conversation-with-kamran-samimi-in-stillness/

Rain or shine, our temporary outdoor exhibition continues to be projected on the makai (seaward-side) walls of Shangri L...
10/22/2020

Rain or shine, our temporary outdoor exhibition continues to be projected on the makai (seaward-side) walls of Shangri La!

“No to Fascism. No to Hatred. No to Racism. No to War.” is a special exhibition of four “NO” artworks by former Shangri La artist-in-residence, Bahia Shehab. Shehab’s exquisite and provocative artistry leans into today’s most urgent conversations.

Monday-Saturday, 6:30PM-8:30PM, until Election Day.

Please note: Shangri La is temporarily closed to the public. This outdoor exhibition is only viewable from the ocean and shoreline.

#bahiashehab

10/14/2020

“OptiMystic” by Omni MC & Cedric Clinton - one of the twenty-three works (and one of two from Hawai`i) featured in the American Muslim Futures online exhibition by Shangri La + @muslimadvocates

Join us on Thursday October 15 at 12PM (Hawai`i Time) for a free special online program.

American Muslim Futures: Perspectives from Hawai`i

Featuring Hawaii-based multidisciplinary artists, Navid Najafi (@Illnomadic), Mark “Feijão” Milligan II (@markmilliganart), Omni MC (@omni_MC) and Cedric Clinton (@CedriiicClinton). Discover how art can create a more just future!

Registration information at the link in our bio!

No to Fascism. No to Hatred. No to Racism. No to War.A temporary outdoor exhibition: Beginning on Indigenous Peoples’ Da...
10/13/2020

No to Fascism. No to Hatred. No to Racism. No to War.

A temporary outdoor exhibition:

Beginning on Indigenous Peoples’ Day and running through to the US Presidential Election, a special exhibition of four “NO” artworks by former Shangri La artist-in-residence, Bahia Shehab, are being projected on the makai (seaward-side) walls of Shangri La: No to Fascism; No to Hatred; No to Racism; No to War. During an election year defined by the coronavirus, by division, isolation, loss and racial injustice, Shehab’s work offers a stark reminder to US voters that elections also decide the fate of the American ideals and values. These projections complement Shehab’s art installation exploring indigenous resilience, My People, currently on display in the Banyan Courtyard at Shangri La. Taken together, Shehab’s exquisite and provocative artistry leans into today’s most urgent conversations - from Columbus to the White House.

Please note: Shangri La is temporarily closed to the public. This outdoor exhibition is only viewable from the ocean and shoreline.

American Muslim Futures: Perspectives from Hawai‘iFree Online Program! Thursday October 15 at 12PM (Hawaii Time)Join Haw...
10/10/2020

American Muslim Futures: Perspectives from Hawai‘i

Free Online Program!

Thursday October 15 at 12PM (Hawaii Time)

Join Hawaii-based multidisciplinary artists, Navid Najafi (@Illnomadic), Mark “Feijão” Milligan II (@markmilliganart), Omni MC (@omni_MC) and Cedric Clinton (@CedriiicClinton) as they discuss futurisms, the creative process and the inclusion of Pacific perspectives in the groundbreaking virtual exhibition, American Muslim Futures. Discover how art imagines and creates a better world!

Registration information at the link in our bio.

We are excited that Honolulu Museum of Art is reopening October 1st - we ❤️ the Honolulu Museum of Art! For nearly two d...
10/01/2020

We are excited that Honolulu Museum of Art is reopening October 1st - we ❤️ the Honolulu Museum of Art! For nearly two decades, our museums have enjoyed a partnership to present world class exhibitions and programs to Honolulu and beyond. While Shangri La remains closed through 2020, the first show of original artwork by Shangri La artist-in-residence Kamran Samimi is now on display in the Shangri La Arts of the Islamic World Gallery at the Honolulu Museum of Art! Please check @honolulumuseum for its hours of operation and visitation guidelines.

Originally from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and raised in an Iranian/Scandinivaian household, Samimi’s sublime work contemplates the relationship between identity and environment. Samimi started a Shangri La artist residency before the pandemic and has continued working on pieces inspired by his experience at Shangri La. We look forward to to sharing when we will open Samimi’s exhibition at Shangri La!

Many thanks to Gallery Systems for featuring us as a case study on how museums are using eMusuem to stay connected virtu...
09/24/2020

Many thanks to Gallery Systems for featuring us as a case study on how museums are using eMusuem to stay connected virtually!

Discover the unique way in which 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗶 𝗟𝗮 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗰 𝗔𝗿𝘁, 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 & 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 has opened its virtual doors and invited its visitors to step inside its online galleries.

Read our blog to know how Shangri La Museum is sharing its remarkable 4,500-object collection on its website, while sparking and maintaining interest in the Museum with eMuseum, the online collections software: https://bit.ly/3hZ05jA

Thank you, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art!

#CaseStudy #OnlineCollection #CulturalHeritage #TMS #eMuseum #GallerySystems

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN! Imagine America free of hate and oppression. In this special exhibit with Muslim Advocates 23 Muslim a...
09/21/2020
American Muslim Futures

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN!

Imagine America free of hate and oppression. In this special exhibit with Muslim Advocates 23 Muslim and allied artists across the country envision a beautiful future. Check it out!

Visit this virtual exhibit: 23 Muslim and allied artists envision a truly just America.

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN! >> Link in comments!Can’t stop, won’t stop!Imagine America free of hate and oppression. In this specia...
09/21/2020

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN! >> Link in comments!

Can’t stop, won’t stop!

Imagine America free of hate and oppression. In this special exhibit with @muslimadvocates 23 Muslim and allied artists across the country envision a beautiful future.

In the words of featured artist Sagirah Shahid, “If we can’t even imagine ourselves in the future, how do we expect to get there?”

Happy International Day of ✌️!

Featured artists:
@amirahsackett
@CedriiicClinton
@omni_MC
@conradomuluc
@edyblu
@masseone39
@faisalmohyuddin
@markmilliganart
@mmircat
@salemsnaps
@nasraarchitect
@navidsinaki
@q_essar
@razaancreates
@royaahmadiart
@itssabataj
@artofsaniyaga
@sarah.zarina
@shireenalihaji
@sobia.ahmad.art
@artoftijay
& more!

#AmericanMuslimFutures #ArtExhibit #IslamicArt #MuslimArt #MuslimRapper #DigitalArt #AmericanMuslims #Solidarity #BlackLivesMatter

09/18/2020

Spotlight on the expertise of our Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Dr. Leslee Michelsen, speaking (remotely) at the London Design Festival about our work with Turquoise Mountain to create a bespoke carpet inspired by pieces in the collection for our new gallery of Qajar art.

09/17/2020

Join the loving sounds of a beautiful future 🎤🎶🔊
👉 September 21st (☮️📅) at AmericanMuslimFutures.com!

Featuring:
@amirahsackett
@CedriiicClinton
@omni_MC
@conradomuluc
@edyblu
@masseone39
@faisalmohyuddin
@markmilliganart
@mmircat
@salemsnaps
@nasraarchitect
@navidsinaki
@q_essar
@razaancreates
@royaahmadiart
@itssabataj
@artofsaniyaga
@sarah.zarina
@shireenalihaji
@sobia.ahmad.art
@artoftijay
& more!

In deep and inspiring collaboration with @muslimadvocates ✨

#AmericanMuslimFutures #MuslimArt #MuslimArtist #Futurism #IslamicArt #BlackLivesMatter

09/14/2020

We're so hyped! The American Muslim Futures exhibit co-created by @muslimadvocates & @hi_shangrila launches on September 21st - the International Day of Peace ✌️

Featuring:
@amirahsackett
@CedriiicClinton
@omni_MC
@conradomuluc
@edyblu
@masseone39
@faisalmohyuddin
@markmilliganart
@mmircat
@salemsnaps
@nasraarchitect
@navidsinaki
@q_essar
@razaancreates
@royaahmadiart
@itssabataj
@artofsaniyaga
@sarah.zarina
@shireenalihaji
@sobia.ahmad.art
@artoftijay
& more!

#americanmuslimfutures #internationaldayofpeace

09/05/2020
Muslim Advocates

Just a few more weeks until the American Muslim Futures exhibit launches! We can’t wait for you to experience this amazing work!

Get ready for this very special exhibit with Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art opening September 21st!

We made masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19! This pattern is based on our collection of custom-commissioned marb...
08/18/2020

We made masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19! This pattern is based on our collection of custom-commissioned marble jali (carved screens) that were crafted by South Asian artisans working with the India Marble Works firm in Agra in 1935. The jali were inspired by seventeenth-century Mughal architectural ornamentation — including pietra dura marble panels inlaid with semiprecious stones, as well as marble jali - found in the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, and the Agra Fort. Jali making has continued for centuries in South Asia, up to the present day – providing functional artwork that provides privacy while allowing air and light to circulate. This first (made-in-Hawaii) edition of masks is being tested by staff for design feedback before we expand plans to make them available to the public!

A beautiful city suffers. Our aloha goes to the people of Beirut, Lebanon. Gracing Shangri La is a mural by Honolulu-bas...
08/08/2020

A beautiful city suffers. Our aloha goes to the people of Beirut, Lebanon. Gracing Shangri La is a mural by Honolulu-based artist, Reem Bassous. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Reem’s work is influenced by her experiences during the Lebanese civil war; the uncertanity of mortality is laid bare. Her mural at Shangri La, Phoenix (Again), is an abstract study of fragmentation, wayfinding, and layering. The strong graphic underpinnings are suggestive of Kufic script, but are blueprints of the site, outlining the artist’s daily walk to and from Shangri La as she worked on the mural. A striated phoenix emerging from the right-hand side of the composition symbolizes renewal, and references the artist’s native Beirut – often called “the city of the phoenix”. The work is overlain with a reflective blue paint—known, rather poetically, as “interference”—which at first appears invisible, but is seen when caught by raking light. Follow Reem as she organizes efforts to help the city heal; again.

Phoenix (Again)United States, 2018Acrylic, Graphite and Water-Soluble Carbon on Wood.

One of the five pillars of Islam is the hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca required for all Muslims at least once in their l...
07/31/2020

One of the five pillars of Islam is the hajj - the pilgrimage to Mecca required for all Muslims at least once in their lifetimes if they are able. This year’s sacred journey of faith has been limited due to the coronavirus as has the celebration of Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the pilgrimage season. On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, we send warm blessings and good health to all, and hope for a joyful, sacred and safe future. Eid Mubarak!

Featured artwork:
Hajj Pilgrims at the Kaaba
Ottoman, Turkey, 18th century
Gouache and gold on paper
Leaf: 15 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (40.3 x 28.9 cm)
Accession Number 11.13

🔥Don't forget! Submissions due July 26th!🔥 American Muslim Futures invites Muslim and allied / aligned artists of all me...
07/16/2020
American Muslim Futures

🔥Don't forget! Submissions due July 26th!🔥

American Muslim Futures invites Muslim and allied / aligned artists of all mediums (visual, performing, literary, fashion, etc.) to help realize a country free of hate and oppression.
Imagine living in a truly just America. What is the culture of this future? What sounds do you hear? What images do you see? What fashions do you wear? How do you move your body?

We’re asking you to create the images, songs, poems, fashions, plays, performances, and cultures of this America free of hate and oppression. These works can be intimate to your life, family, and traditions, or they can be expansive in addressing new civic and social realities.

Up to 20 artists will receive $600 and be showcased in this official digital exhibit, opening portals for us to follow into a better tomorrow.Add your finishing touches to your art and make sure you submit by July 25th! We can't wait to see what you've been

CALL FOR ART: Submit work in all mediums for this digital exhibit and receive $600.

We are SO excited to announce a CALL FOR ART for American Muslim Futures—a collaboration we're working on with Muslim Ad...
06/23/2020
American Muslim Futures

We are SO excited to announce a CALL FOR ART for American Muslim Futures—a collaboration we're working on with Muslim Advocates. American Muslim and allied artists are invited to submit art of all mediums (visual, performing, literary, fashion, etc.) by July 26, 2020. Selected artists will receive $600 and their work will be featured in an official digital exhibit, which will be shared widely through media platforms. Find out more here!

CALL FOR ART: Submit work in all mediums for this digital exhibit and receive $600.

06/20/2020
Ayodele Drum & Dance

We were fortunate to have Ayodele Drum & Dance in residence at Shangri La in partnership with The Pōpolo Project back in February of this year. Check out this video conceptualized and directed by Ayodele's Executive Artistic Director T. Ayo Alston in collaboration with a number of other Black dance companies in Chicago. Happy Juneteenth!

We felt the need to dance with our community. And in true village form, when we called they came. It was a magical night.

Black. It's who we are and what we stand for. All and every day...365.

Thank you to our village:
Ayodele Youth Programs Azania Drum
Creation Chicago M.A.D.D. Rhythms
Minianka Move Me Soul
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
Najwa Dance Corps Jovan Landry

#AyodeleQueens #dancingfromthesoul
#drummingfromthesoul #chivillagekids
#blacklivesmatter #allblacklivesmatter

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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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For those interested in Ilm al Huroof, Science of Abjad and Islamic Geometry I am uploading videos about these subjects. Regards/Salaam
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!