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Shangri La

Waterscapes: Islamic Architecture and Art from Doris Duke’s Shangri La is a fully illustrated publication by Boston College professors Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair (with Shangri La conservator Kent Severson) that accompanies an exhibition of the same title on display at Rough Point, Duke’s home in Newport, RI. Presented by the Newport Restoration Foundation, the exhibition and publication explore Duke’s love of the water and her love of Islamic art and architecture, which fused together spectacularly at Shangri La, her exotic ocean front estate in Honolulu. Bloom and Blair, experts in Islamic art who jointly hold the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at BC, serve as guest curators for the exhibition.