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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Doris Duke Centennial

 [Doris Duke and James Cromwell by the Jali Pavilion at Shangri La, 1939. 
Photo by Martin Munkacsi, copyright The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.]  

For me it began more than six years ago with my first miniscule post about globe-trotting philanthropist Doris Duke's suzani collection. Now we're up to her centennial (she was born in 1912 and died in 1993) and a major exhibition focused on her historic Hawaiian home, Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, on view through February 17, 2013 at MAD.

[H. Drewry Baker; Wyeth & King, Architects. Conceptual drawing of Playhouse at Shangri La, late 1930s. Image is from  Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art.]

In addition to her textiles, ceramics, furniture, architectural renderings, scrapbooks, and film footage, the show includes stunning new, specially commissioned, photographs of the Honolulu property shot by Tim Street-Porter.

Expect to see plenty of coverage here in the next few months and beyond -- including a look at the exhibition catalogue, Doris Duke's Shangri La: A House in Paradise. After the run at MAD, the show will travel to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (March 16 – July 15, 2013), the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University (August 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014), the University of Michigan Museum of Art (January 25 – May 4, 2014), the Nevada Museum of Art (May 31 – September 7, 2014), and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (October 23 – December 28, 2014), before wrapping up near Shangri La, at the Honolulu Academy of the Arts (March 4 – July 5, 2015).

In the meantime, if you're in New York this month, Doris Duke as style icon will be explored during a free MAD panel discussion on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. Participants include Wendy Goodman (I expect she'll address Duke's relationship with Tony Duquette) and Jeannine Falino, MAD adjunct curator.

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Grant K. Gibson said...

Can't wait to see this!


Style Court said...

Grant -- you'll have such a great perspective, as a globe-trekker yourself!

I'm just thrilled it's traveling to the South and back to the West Coast too.

The Devoted Classicist said...

Ms Duke has been so misunderstood. It is a shame that collections associated with other houses were not preserved as well.

Style Court said...

John, with this show making so many stops across the U.S., it will be interesting to see how it impacts her legacy in the 21st century.

Dean Farris said...

So chic

Unknown said...

This will be a supper treat for those who have learned so much from Doris Duke. Looking forward to ti.

Style Court said...

Ideezine -- let us know what you think!

Dean -- yes. Wish I could be there for the Goodman talk. Hope the museum offers a podcast of the panel discussion. (And the architecture lecture, too!)