Deborah Pope | Reimagining Shangri La: How Doris Duke Made and Remade her Honolulu Home
Thursday Feb 19 04:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
Deborah Pope, executive director of Shangri La since 2000, traces the evolution of Shangri La from Doris Duke’s inspirational travels in India and the Middle East to the design and building of her modernist estate with its many references to Islamic architecture. For more than 50 years, the house evolved to accommodate a growing collection and a changing vision of the most private of retreats to a place for learning about Islamic arts and cultures. Question and answer to follow.
Part of the lecture series for Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art.
Bio: Deborah Pope is the founding executive director of Shangri La, former residence of heiress Doris Duke (1912-1993) and now a center of Islamic art. Since 2000 she has overseen the restoration of the late 1930’s architecture, research, cataloguing and conservation of the collections and the development of programs to improve public understanding of Islamic arts and cultures. A life-long resident of Oʿahu, she has worked in Hawaiʿi museums for more than 35 years.