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

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

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

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!

Shangri La · Playlist · 18 songs · 5 likes

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...

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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!