New York City’s First Islamic Art Institute Opens
A concrete jungle where dreams are made, indeed. Qatari Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani has opened the city’s first Institute of Arab and Islamic Art — as not just an exhibition space, but also a venue for public interfaith discussion. Al-Thani’s aim: to engage New Yorkers in a conversation about Islamic civilization outside of religious contexts. The 2,500-square-foot gallery, the product of three years of work, opened yesterday with Exhibition 1, a four-woman show of art based on the “sacred geometry” of Islamic architecture and design.