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

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Doris Duke and James Cromwell by the Jali Pavilion at Shangri La, 1939 © Courtesy of Nasher Museum
Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art

2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705
August 29th, 2012 - December 29th, 2012
Opening: August 29th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

United States
Tue-Wed; Fri-Sat 10-5; Thu 10-9; Sun 12-5


Internationally known for her wealth and style, American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke amassed one of the nation’s most important private collections of Islamic art over a period of more than 50 years beginning in 1935. Shangri La, her private residence outside Honolulu,  melds modern architecture, tropical landscape, and art that Duke collected and commissioned from throughout the Muslim world. Curated by Donald Albrecht (Museum of the City of New York) and Tom Mellins (Independent Curator and Author), and organized by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the exhibition will showcase both Shangri La and its collections to provide a fuller understanding of Doris Duke’s unique contributions to the understanding of Islamic art in the United States. At a time of misunderstanding and distrust between the United States and many Muslim cultures, the exhibition and accompanying programs will provide a timely counterpoint and opportunity for deeper exchange and understanding. In addition to serving as guest curators of the exhibition, Albrecht and Mellins are the editors of the accompanying publication entitled Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise. Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art (September 2012, Skira/Rizzoli).

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