Speaker: Dr. Thalia Kennedy, Scholar-in-Residence at Shangri La
When: Sunday, September 18, 2011
Where: Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts
The Mughal emperors ruled large areas of the Indian sub-continent as Muslim overlords. Myriad imperial buildings and complexes survive as striking records of the wealth and power of this remarkable dynasty. Those same monuments fuelled the imagination of the young Doris Duke on a visit to India during her honeymoon world tour in 1935, and inspired the commission of the bedroom suite installed at Shangri La. Its architects, a British firm in Delhi, drew at Duke’s request on the forms and decoration of Mughal buildings in South Asia for design inspiration. From the opulence of the Indian courts to its Hawaii setting, this talk will explore the architectural heritage that formed the inspiration for Doris Duke’s Mughal suite, and the threads of continuity that run through its sumptuous reinterpretation and realization at Shangri La.
Dr. Thalia Kennedy is an art historian and lecturer. She completed her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her field of expertise is architecture of the Muslim world. She was formerly Director of the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul and most recently a Conservation Guest Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute in L.A. Kennedy is currently a scholar in residence at Shangri La.