2014-01-17 / Around Town

‘Outstanding Women’ Lecture to be Held

The Preservation Society of Newport County will continue with its winter lecture series, “Celebrating Outstanding Women” on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Rosecliff, with “Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art” at 6 p.m. Donald Albrecht, Curator of Architecture and Design for the Museum of the City of New York, will present.

Although Doris Duke was wellknown for her wealth and philanthropy, many do not realize she amassed one of the nation’s largest private collections of Islamic art. Perhaps equally surprising is the environment Duke created to house her remarkable collections: Shangri La, a five-acre waterfront estate in Honolulu. Begun in the mid-1930s and developed over the course of more than 50 years, Shangri La seamlessly melds together modern architecture, a tropical landscape, and art from throughout the Islamic world. This lecture will focus on the estate within the context of other residences occupied by Duke and her family in New York, Newport, and Los Angeles.

Admission is $5 for Preservation Society members and $10 for nonmembers.

Advance registration is suggested; call 401-847-1000 x154 or visit newportmansions.org.

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