Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art

January 24 - May 5, 2014

Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art is the first exhibition to present Duke's five-acre Honolulu estate and its collections to audiences throughout the continental United States. The exhibition illustrates Duke's fascination with Islamic art, her extensive travels in Muslim countries, and her work with a broad array of individuals, including scholars, dealers, and artisans. The creation of Shangri La and its carefully orchestrated surrounding landscape and interior design is documented through photographs–both historical and newly commissioned works by Tim Street-Porter, drawings, and a newly created architectural model.

 

Duke's travels, including her around-the-world honeymoon trip in 1935, as well as her place in the history of mid-20th century collecting of Islamic art, are traced through photographs, films, correspondence and ephemera.  Some sixty objects—ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements—are juxtaposed with historic photographs and drawings, dramatically demonstrating the symbiotic relationship between the house and its collections.

 

In addition to Ms. Duke’s collections, the exhibition will also include new works by eight contemporary artists–all of Islamic background–including Walid Raad, Shahzia Sikander, and Afruz Amighi. All eight artists participated in the Shangri La Artists-in Residence program. Organized by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the exhibition is curated by Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins.

This exhibition 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 and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, Islamic Studies Program, LSA Theme Semester, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.


Images

Mosaic tile panel in the form of a gateway, Iran, probably nineteenth century. Stonepaste: monochrome-glazed, assembled as mosaic, 153 x 160 in (48.454). On dining room lanai at Shangri La. © Tim Street-Porter 2011. Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Doris Duke and James Cromwell pose by the Jali Pavilion at Shangri La during a photo shoot by Martin Munkacsi. Select photos from the shoot appeared in Life Magazine, March 20, 1939. Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

The Playhouse at Shangri La, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. © Tim Street-Porter 2011. Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Pierced metal lamp in front of the wood grill, custom-made in Morocco in 1937-38, screening central courtyard from foyer at Shangri La. © Tim Street-Porter 2011. Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Living room at Shangri La. © Tim
Street-Porter 2011. Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

FriJan 24
Exhibition Opens
Thu
Apr 3
Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series and UMMA Present: Public lecture by Shahzia Sikander
5:10pm6:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
May 4
LAST DAY ON VIEW: Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
12:00pm5:00pm
Exhibitions Related
MonMay 5
Exhibition Closes