In Conversation: Doris Duke’s Shangri La and Islamic Art
Adventurous, intelligent and independent, Doris Duke traveled the world and acquired countless treasures including a remarkable collection of Islamic art. Doris Duke’s Shangri La is the first exhibition to present her five-acre Honolulu estate and its collections to audiences throughout the continental United States. Ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings. Also, new works by six contemporary artists—including Walid Raad, Shahzia Sikander, and Afruz Amighi—demonstrate the diverse and dynamic nature of current art production and reflect the mix of cultures at Shangri La. This wealth of Islamic art provides a great opportunity for patrons to become familiar with this rich cultural tradition. Ashley Dimmig, UM PhD student in History of Art, will introduce the exhibition and various highpoints of this eclectic and legendary collection. More broadly, we will think about what it is that makes art “Islamic” and perhaps dispel some of the misconceptions we have about the style and content of what we call “Islamic art.” Join us in conversation in the gallery.
The exhibition Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art was organized by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is also providing generous support for its presentation at UMMA and national tour. Additional lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System and the University of Michigan Office of the President. Other generous support is provided by the Monroe-Brown Foundation Discretionary Fund for Outreach to the State of Michigan, the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund, and the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies, CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Department of the History of Art, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Institute for the Humanities, Islamic Studies Program, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
Sunday, 09 February, 2014
This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
University of Michigan
Museum of Art
525 South State StreetAnn Arbor
, MI 48109-1354United States