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Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landcape, and Islamic Art

When: Aug. 29-Dec. 29 2013

Doris Duke is one of the best-documented ciphers around. If you focus on the heiress' private life—which included a pair of husbands and reputed affairs with the likes of surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, swashbuckler Errol Flynn and General George S. Patton—you get a black-and-white picture of Paris Hilton. But Duke's philanthropy, interest in horticulture and passion for collecting art show her depth and intensity.

Duke's collection of Islamic art—one of the largest private collections of its kind in the U.S.—is on display in Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, a dazzling exhibition centered upon her Honolulu homestead. Featuring some 60 works gathered over 50 years of Duke's travels, Shangri La also unpacks the synthetic architectural marvel that is her house on the Hawaiian shore. The exhibition includes work by eight contemporary artists who have done residencies at Shangri La, including Shahzia Sikander and Walid Raad. —Chris Vitiello

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