QAI in San Fransisco: Celebrating Qatari & Islamic Fashion

On Sep 21st, 2018, QAI was thrilled to start its first collaboration and outreach on the US’s west coast by attending the opening of the DeYoung’s Contemporary Muslim Fashions Exhibition in San Fransisco, CA.   According to the exhibition, Contemporary Muslim Fashions showcases 80 fashion pieces and 40 photographs of garments from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear, and couture from all across t...

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QAI Expressions Series: Sandra Bell Wilkins

  On September 18, the Qatar-America Institute hosted the former chair of the Fashion Design department of Virginia Commonwealth University - Qatar (VCU-Q), Sandra Bell Wilkins, for a discussion on the history of fashion in the Middle East and the intersection between the functionality of fashion and regional culture. Ms. Wilkins also commented on her personal experiences teaching in Qatar, highlighting the various changes that Qatari societ...

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Finale Social for Ruwad Qatari Art Exhibit

  On  August 8, 2018, the Qatar-America Institute hosted the Ruwad Finale Social, a traveling art exhibit featuring emerging and established artists from Qatar. The exhibit first premiered in Washington, DC on May 8th, 2018 and culminated in this week's finale social with over 100 attendees at QAI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The guests enjoyed a special viewing of diverse artworks from Qatar as well as remarks from a member of QAI's ad...

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Dr. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Joins QAI for First Expressions Artist Talk

  On 18 July 2018, the Qatar-America Institute hosted Qatar-based author Dr.Mohana Rajakumar for the Institute's inaugural Expressions Artist Talks Series. This program aims to amplify American voices whose creative works are inspired by their experience with Qatar. Throughout the year, QAI will host American filmmakers, art curators, authors, chefs, singers, painters and many others to discuss the impact Qatar had on their work, while shari...

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Richard Serra’s “East-West/West-East”

Richard Serra, voted the third greatest living artist in a Vanity Fair poll, recently unveiled his newest sculpture in Qatar. Serra’s “East-West/West-East” uses Qatar’s geographical position and topography to create a stunning sculpture that brings to mind the iconic scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s, “2001: A Space Odyssey”.   The mesmerizing sculpture is located in Qatar’s Brouq nature reserve, in Qatar’s west, and spans a distance of one k...

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