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Ten: The


is the Arab American National

Museum’s celebration of its 10th

anniversary, in which it presents

the work of 10 exemplary Arab

American artists. Their diverse

range of works explores con-

cepts of representation, identity

and migration. Many of these

challenges are universal among

immigrants, but contain aspects

unique to the Arab American

community. The exhibition is

guest curated by art historian,

writer and gallery art director

Maymanah Farhat. Arab American

National Museum,




through October 4.

Samar Alshaibi,



, 2011,

40.6 x 50.8 cm.



Hip-Hop, du Bronx aux rues arabes,

under the artistic

direction of rapper Akhenaton and dedicated to the hip-hop

movement, celebrates 40 years of the genre as a universal

culture, multifaceted and often misunderstood. Much like

the Western genre of music, Arab hip-hop, initially an under-

ground phenomenon, has expanded and developed through

social networks and the Web, echoing a growing desire for

dignity, freedom and a better future. Responding to recent

events in the Arab world, hip-hop has moved beyond simply

being a mode of expression into a role that heightens aware-

ness. The exhibition traces the history of this culture from its

genesis in the


in the 1970s through its re-appropriation in

France in the 1980s to its development in the Arab Spring.

Nearly a hundred works from American, French and Arab art-

ists embodying hip-hop’s many forms—music, writing, graffiti,

dance, fashion, photography and cinema—alongside archi-

val documents, are showcased on a single stage. Institute du

Monde Arabe,


, through July 26.

Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700:

Opulence and Fan-


The Deccan Plateau of south-central India was home

to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a

rich artistic heritage. Under their patronage in the 16th and

17th centuries, foreign influences—notably from Iran, Turkey,

East Africa and Europe—combined with ancient and prevail-

ing Indian traditions to create a distinctive Indo-Islamic art and

culture. This exhibition brings together some 165 of the finest

works from major international, private and royal collections.

Featuring many remarkable loans from India, the exhibition—

the most comprehensive museum presentation on this

subject to date—explores the unmistakable character of clas-

sical Deccani art in various media: poetic lyricism in painting,

lively creations in metalwork and a distinguished tradition of

textile production. The Metropolitan Museum of Art,



, through July 26.


Jewels That Enchanted the World

examines the legacy

of 500 years of Indian jewelry, from the 17th century to the

present. More than 300 pieces of jewelry and jeweled objects

are brought together for the first time to showcase the beauty

of Indian craftsmanship, the magnificence of gemstone set-

ting and the refinement of Indian taste. Assembled from more

than 30 museums, institutions and private collections, the

exhibition is the most comprehensive ever staged on the sub-

ject. Its first section focuses on the jewelry traditions of South

India: monumental pieces crafted from gold, worked in relief

and decorated with gemstone flow-

ers and birds. The second is devoted to

the jeweled splendor of the courts of

the Mughals, who came as conquerors,

ruled as emperors and, as connois-

seurs, patronized artists, architects,

enamellers and jewelers. A further

section is devoted to the symbiosis

between India and European jewelry

houses and the cross-cultural influences

that resulted in the 19th and early 20th

centuries. It concludes with the work

of two of India’s leading present-day

jewelry houses, The Gem Palace and

Bhagat. Catalog in English and Russian.

State Museums of


, through

July 27.



The Divine Comedy:


Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Con-

temporary African Artists

, curated by

the internationally acclaimed writer

and art critic Simon Njami, is a dra-

matic multimedia exhibition that reveals

the ongoing global relevance of Dante

Alighieri’s 14th-century epic as part of

a shared intellectual heritage. Includ-

ing original commissions and renowned

works of art by approximately 40 of

the most dynamic contemporary art-

ists from 19 African nations and the

diaspora, this visually stunning exhibi-

tion is the first to take advantage of

the African Art Museum’s pavilion and

stairwells, as well as the galleries on

the first and third floors.

The Divine


explores themes of paradise,

purgatory and hell with video, photog-

raphy, printmaking, painting, sculpture,

fiber arts and mixed–media installation

while probing diverse issues of politics,

heritage, history, identity, faith and the

continued power of art to express the

unspoken and intangible. African Art


Washington, D.C.

, through

August 2.

Die Boote des Pharao und andere


Scheich Ramadan Abu Suelem


From the collections of Ursula Schernig

come the colored sketches of Bedouin

shaykh Abu Ramadan Suelem (1924-

1998). Schernig worked for many years

at a gallery in Cairo, where she helped

expand the local art scene during the

1980s and ’90s. During that time, she

met the self-taught shaykh Abu Rama-

dan Suelem, a leader of the Suelem

clan, whose members survived by

selling their orchid harvests and train-

ing their horses for horse dancing. His

color drawings show great patience

and meticulousness, bringing alive the

Qur’an and the treasury of stories of

Bedouin everyday life during Suelem’s

lifetime. Kunst galerie

Fürth, Germany


through August 9.

Beyond Bollywood:

Indian Ameri-

cans Shape the Nation

elaborates on

the history and contemporary experi-

ences of Indian Americans as they have

grown to be one of the more diverse

and well-recognized communities in



. Photographs, artifacts, videos

and interactives trace their arrival and

labor participation in the early 1900s;

their achievements in various economic

industries; and their many contributions

in building the nation. The exhibition

also reveals how they have kept and

shared their culture, and organized to

meet the needs of the under-served.

Asian Pacific American Center,


ington, D.C.

, through August 16.



A Cosmopolitan City:

Muslims, Chris-

tians, and Jews in Old Cairo


how Cairo’s communities lived

together and melded their traditions

to create an ever-growing, multicul-

tural society during the seventh to

12th centuries. Although the city was