Doris Duke's Shangri La - Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art - Museum of Arts & Design
2 Columbus Circle - 212-299-7777
New York, NY 10019
Description: Exploring the extraordinary dialogue between Islamic tradition and Western modernity that shaped the fabled Honolulu residence of the philanthropist Doris Duke, Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art features large-scale newly commissioned photos of the five-acre property by Tim Street-Porter and archival materials on the travel and research that led to the creation of Duke's home and the growth of her collection over 60 years, in addition to a selection of works from her collection, never before seen outside her home--ceramics, furniture, textiles, and jewelry inlaid with precious gems from Spain, North Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East, including objects dating from the early first millennium B.C.E.--along with new works by six contemporary artists of Islamic heritage who participated in Shangri La's Contemporary Artists Residency program. These Shangri La- inspired works include calligraphic pieces by Mohamed Zakariya that evoke the physical landscape surrounding the home; vivid, large-scale projections that capture the home's confluence of American and Muslim cultures by Shahzia Sikander; and lantern-like metal sculptures of rockets and missiles that speak of both opulence and violence by Afruz Amighi, among others.