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January 4, 2017
Renowned multimedia artist, Mohammed Kazem, will be Shangri La's Artist in Residence from January 9-22, 2017. Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Kazem will develop original artwork to be staged at Shangri La for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017. News Release.
December 1, 2016
Acclaimed Middle East scholar, Dr. Juan Cole, will be Shangri La’s Scholar in Residence from December 6 through December 21, 2016. Cole will be researching Shangri La’s rare collection of medieval Persian verse to trace its influence on modern British and American thought, from T.S. Eliot to Jack Kerouac. Cole will also participate in a series of public programs about millennials and the Middle East, and how this generation is shaping the region through technology, art and activism. News Release.
November 8, 2016
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art filed a draft environmental assessment with the State Office of Environmental Quality Control for a project called the Shangri La Breakwater Safety Initiative and Shoreline Stabilization Project. The primary goal of these proposed plans is to increase safety in an area commonly known as Cromwell's, which fronts Shangri La: A museum of Islamic art, culture and design. News Release.
November 9, 2015
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the appointment, following a nationwide search, of Konrad Ng as executive director of Doris Duke's Shangri La, a center for the study of Islamic arts and cultures. Ng is an accomplished scholar, curator and arts administrator who brings national experience to the organization and holds strong ties to Hawai'i and its creative culture. Most recently, Ng has been serving as the director of the Smithsonian Institution's Asian Pacific American Center in Washington, D.C. News Release.
March 2, 2015
Deborah Pope, whose 15 years of oversight and guidance transformed Doris Duke’s Shangri La from a remarkable private home into a vibrant center of Islamic arts and culture, announced today her intention to step down as executive director at the end of the year. News Release.
September 12, 2014
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art will open the Mughal Suite at Shangri La to the public for the first time in the property’s history on Saturday, October 11. This bedroom-and-bathroom suite is Shangri La’s cornerstone— a set of rooms that Doris Duke commissioned noted architect Frances Blomfield in Delhi to design while on her 1935 honeymoon with James Cromwell. News Release.
September 6, 2012
Opening during the centennial year of Doris Duke's (1912-93) birth, Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art is the first major exhibition about Shangri La to be shown outside Hawai’i, taking the story of Duke's transformative engagement with the Islamic world and her work at Shangri La to national audiences. The exhibition explores the synthesis of 1930's modernist architecture, tropical landscape and Islamic art that Duke achieved at Shangri La. For more information on the exhibition, tour schedule, and accompanying publication and programs read the press release.
June 25, 2012
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art will open the historic Damascus Room at Shangri La, one of the highlights of the Islamic art collection, to the public for the first time on Saturday, July 7, 2012 following several years of conservation work. This late 18th century interior was acquired by collector and philanthropist Doris Duke in the early 1950s. For more information, read the press release.
April 10, 2012
In partnership with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the Honolulu Museum of Art announced today that beginning May 2, tours of Shangri La will have new hours Wednesday through Saturday. See the full press release for details. Also new, Japanese language tours will be offered on the last Friday of each month.
April 3, 2012
Following an international search, Kent Severson has been appointed to the position of Conservator at Shangri La as of March 26, 2012. Severson, a graduate of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center training program, was most recently a conservator in private practice based in Boston and worked primarily for museums and other institutions. At Shangri La, Severson is responsible for overseeing the proper care and preservation of Shangri La's collection of Islamic Art. For more information, read the full press release.
July 6, 2011
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art announced today that Keelan Overton has been appointed to the position of Curator of Islamic Art at Shangri La effective June 27, 2011 following an international search. Overton holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles (2011). For more information, read the press release.
September 8, 2010
Starting October 6, 2010, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, in collaboration with the Honolulu Academy of Arts, will offer Hawai’i residents the opportunity to tour Shangri La free of charge on the first Wednesday of every month. More information about Kama'aina Day.
Also see the Shangri La fact sheet.
June 2-5, 2004
Christie's offered at auction property from the renowned collection of Doris Duke. The sale did not include any items from Shangri La, with the exception of wine. All proceeds from the four-day sale benefited the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
October 10, 2002
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, in partnership with the Honolulu Academy of Arts, announced the opening of Shangri La for public tours. For more information, read the press release or A Brief History of Shangri La.
November 1, 2001
The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Honolulu Academy of Arts announce a partnership to coordinate public visitation to Shangri La and related educational programs. For more information, read the press release.