DCA’s LAMAG, the only municipal art gallery in the country, will showcase the major traveling exhibition, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, which chronicles how tobacco heiress Doris Duke came to amass an impressive collection of Islamic artworks from throughout the Islamic world. Doris Duke’s Shangri La also showcases how she went on to commission architect Marion Sims Wyeth to build her Shangri La, the five-acre estate in Honolulu to house the collection.
Organized by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Doris Duke’s Shangri La was masterminded by curators Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins, who interwove architectural documents and vintage photographs along with more than 60 objects from the collection including ceramics, textiles, jewelry, paintings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements, to demonstrate a distinct balance between the house and its collection. Interspersed among these artifacts are works by eight former artists-in-residence at Shangri La, who blend Islamic tradition and contemporary practices. A book of stunning new color photographs of the home and gardens taken by nationally recognized Los Angeles photographer Tim Street-Porter accompanies the innovative exhibition.