Shangri La: Doris Duke's
Collections of Islamic Art in Honolulu
Carol Bier, Research Associate, Textile Museum
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Social Hour begins 6:30 PM. Program starts at 7:30PM
In conjunction with the Armenian Rug Society
Rugs and Carpets, Inc. (Formerly Simonian Carpets) 939 Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo. 650-343-8585
Doris Duke’s collections of Islamic art at her home in Honolulu were virtually unknown prior to her death in 1993. She began acquiring individual items, including several suzanis, during her honeymoon in 1935, which makes her collection of suzanis today one of the oldest in North America. This illustrated lecture will summarize results of the Shangri La Suzani Research Project within the larger context of Doris Duke’s collections of Islamic art at Shangri La.
Carol Bier is Research Associate, The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, where she served as Curator for Eastern Hemisphere Collections from 1984 until 2001. She now lives in the SF Bay Area and pursues her scholarship on textiles and carpets within the broader contexts of Islamic arts and culture with a focus on the study of patterns as intersections of art and mathematics. She has published widely, lectured throughout North America and abroad, and has taught courses on Islamic art for many years. In 2005 she directed the Shangri La Suzani Research Project in Honolulu.
||The Board of ACOR has proposed
that the next American Conference on Oriental Carpets be held in the
Bay Area. The dates would correspond to the dates of the Caskey-Lees
Tribal Arts Show in early February. ACOR is proposing to use the Herbst
Pavilion for conference meetings, hands on sessions and exhibits.
ACOR President Tom Hubbard
has asked that all those interested in planning and implementing the
next ACOR contact him directly ASAP (or at the latest by
the end of January) in order that this event can move forward. If an
insufficient level of interest is expressed by the Bay Area Rug Community
then most likely the 2011 ACOR will be canceled or postponed.
Dennis Marquand will talk and do a show and tell on Uzbek and Kyrgyz weavings at Krimsa Gallery on Union Street in San Francisco.
(Note change of date from previous Newsletter.)
The deYoung Museum will be
holding two important events in conjunction with the Tribal Arts Show.
The first, sponsored by the Textile Arts Council, is a talk by Alberto
Levi at 10 AM in the Koret Auditorium entitled "Primitivism and
Abstraction in Persian Tribal Flatweaves.” For details see the TAC
web site www.textileartscouncil.org.
|New Board Member||We are pleased to welcome Ben Banayan to the Board of SFBARS. Ben is an active member of the Bay Area Rug Community and is known to many of you through his web site Rug Rabbit. He is interested in joining with all interested in working to expand our membership, reach out to new members and plan a wider scope of events for the carpet and textile collecting and connoisseur community.|
|Gallery Exhibit||Thomas Cole will be mounting an exhibition of Baluch weavings from Persia and Afghanistan from January 2 - February 20 in his new gallery space in Marin County. The weavings will range from main carpets to small animal trappings, as well as some flat weaves from SE Persia and Baluchistan. The gallery is open by appointment (415 4991652), located just a mile west of Hwy 101off Lucas Valley Rd. in northern Marin County. There will be an opening reception with refreshments (date TBA). Antique Tribal Rugs & Textile Art, http://www.tcoletribalrugs.com|
|Silk Road Exhibit||The American Museum of Natural
History in New York is presenting “Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient
Pathway to the Modern World” through August 15. For museum information,
got to http://www.amnh.org/|