Collecting Paradise: The History and Preservation of Doris Duke’s Islamic Art Collections
Building on the themes of our 2016 exhibition, Waterscapes: Islamic Architecture and Art from Doris Duke's Shangri La, NRF is hosting a symposium on the history of collecting and caring for Islamic art. Guest lecturers will contextualize Doris Duke’s fascination with Islamic art and its ultimate expression in the design of and collections at Shangri La, a site now managed by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Special attention will also be paid to the challenges of preserving the collections and the building in a tropical, oceanside environment.
NRF is excited to feature our colleagues in Honolulu and guest curators as part of the symposium:
Sheila Blair | Norma Jean Calderwood Professor of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston University
Shangri La and the 21st Century | Konrad Ng | Executive Director, Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts & Cultures, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Reimagining Shangri La: Doris Duke and Islamic Art in Hawaii | Deborah Pope | Founding Executive Director, Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts & Cultures, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Doris Duke and Mary Crane: Building an Islamic Art Collection | Mariah Proctor-Tiffany | Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Saving Islamic Art from Paradise | Kent Severson | Conservator for Collections, Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts & Cultures, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Exhibition publication included in registration. Doors will open at 12:30 and presentations will begin at 1:00. Please note that lunch is not included. Coffee and snacks will be provided, and light refreshments with the presenters will conclude the afternoon's activities.