Expositions : LA Islam Arts Initiative — Los Angeles, 11 événements interinstitutionnels, septembre-décembre 2014

The Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) brings together nearly 30 cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to tell various stories of traditional and contemporary art from multiple Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI is the first-of-its kind, wide-scale citywide initiative on Islamic arts producing and presenting programming such as art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances. Anchoring LA/IAI are two connected exhibitions, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and the contemporary art exhibition, Shangri La: Imagined Cities commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) to be held at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) at Barnsdall Park from October 26 to December 28, 2014.

Los Angeles’ substantial populations from areas with strong Islamic roots make LA a compelling location for this initiative. LA/IAI casts a wide net, being inclusive and welcoming, with art as its central focus. The term “Islamic art” includes work created by non-Muslim artists from Muslim-dominant countries, work by Muslims creating art in non-Muslim dominant countries, and work by artists culturally influenced by Islam. Designed to build a greater understanding of the role of Islamic arts, LA/IAI seeks to stimulate the global conversation in connection to cultural, political, and social issues.

The LA / Islam Arts Initiative is presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) with major support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Community Foundation, the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and the Barnsdall Park Foundation.

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Shangri La: Imagined Cities, DCA — Los Angeles Municipal Gallery

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, DCA — Los Angeles Municipal Gallery

Hoy Space: Roya Falahi, Vincent Price Art Museum

From The Grand Trunk Road to Route 66: Visiting Truck Artist Haider Ali, Pacific Asia Museum

Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop, The William Grant Still Arts Center

Mother Egypt / Golden Nubia: The World of the Nile from the Mediterranean to the Sahara, Sharq

Rabih Mroué — The Pixelated Revolution (2012), Goethe-Institut

Way of Ink and Brush, Japanese American Community Cultural Center

War and People: Art, Exile and the Middle East, Levantine Cultural Center

In Search of the Dot that Created the Circle: Geometry in Nature, Zanbeel Art

Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International, Medina

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