Keep the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art alive in New York and contribute to our dynamic exhibitions and programs
Who are we?
The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art (IAIA) is an independent, non-profit center that promotes and advances the artistic and cultural dialogue between New York City and the Arab and Islamic worlds. IAIA brings multi-disciplinary exhibitions, film screenings and a diverse public programing to the heart of Downtown New York. We serve as a much-needed platform for creative, innovative and forward-thinking artists, curators, critics, scholars and intellectuals.
“It opens its doors at a fraught moment in relations between the Islamic world and the United States, and its avowed mission is to use art to counter the misconceptions surrounding Arab and Muslim culture. In their willingness to engage diverse aesthetic and cultural traditions, the artists in this opening show embody the rewards of cultural exchange. “Exhibition 1” suggests that the IAIA will be a welcome addition to the New York art scene.” - Eleanor Heartney, Art in America
What do we want to do?
We want to ensure the continuity of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art dynamic exhibitions and programing which are free to enjoy by all visitors. Our exhibitions and public Programs will continue challenging the narratives, and provide the platform needed for artists, curators and writers from an underrepresented region.
Pledge $300 or more
You will be invited to join one of our private openings at IAIA. We will honor your name on the hallway of IAIA and the acknowledgement of your support online and on our newsletter.
Pledge $500 or more
You will enjoy a private guided tour in advance of the opening of Exhibition 3. We will honor your name on the hallway of IAIA and the acknowledgement of your support online and on our newsletter.
You will enjoy all the benefits of the Friend of IAIA Circle. We will honor your name on the hallway of IAIA and the acknowledgement of your support online and on our newsletter.
What will your contribution support?
We need to raise $100,000 to enable our cutting edge exhibitions for the year of 2018 to take place at IAIA. We want to invite you on this collaborative journey in making this milestone happen, and support a unique opportunity to build cross-cultural bridges. We will acknowledge your generous support at the hallway of IAIA in downtown New York and involve you in our process. IAIA is working on transcending global boundaries and if you are not able to visit the work in New York we will connect you with our exhibitions virtually.
The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art opened its first exhibition last spring. This is its second. So far, it has shown the work of five women. None of them are concerned with religious piety or identity politics. All of them are fiercely committed to a certain compositional intimacy and aesthetic complexity. Together, they prove what a pleasure it is to be surprised. - Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Artforum
About IAIA’s exhibitions
Since our launch on the 4th of May 2017, we have curated three exhibitions showcasing eight artists that come from across the Arab and Islamic Worlds. IAIA's inaugural exhibition examined the unifying role of geometry and topography through showcasing works on paper and print by Dana Awartani, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Zarina Hashmi and Nasreen Mohamedi. On the Fall of 2017 we presented Video Diaries 1, which explored the videos of Heba Y. Amin, Ziad Antar and Raed Yassin that meld personal pasts and absurd realities with elements of popular culture to subtly, or directly, address the political and the banal. Currently on view is Exhibition 2, the first institutional survey of Lebanese artist Huguette Caland featuring five decades of her paintings, drawings, caftans, and smocks. Your contributions will make possible the exhibitions planned for 2018, and ensure continuing IAIA's presence in New York.
"One of the best parts of the show, however, is the two rows of Ms. Caland’s own caftans, hanging on plastic wires suspended from the ceiling, on opposite sides of the gallery. Roomy and richly colored, embroidered or scrawled upon with ink, they give a wonderful, physical sense of the artist’s presence, but also her laughing, gregarious spirit and curious vision as an artist." - Martha Schwendener, The New York Times