On Friday, January 25, 2013, the MFAH hosted the third biennial Art of the Islamic Worlds Gala: Beyond Boundaries, celebrating the opening of the Museum's permanent gallery for art of the Islamic worlds as well as an exciting new partnership with the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) of Kuwait. The MFAH is the exclusive American partner for the display of the many treasures within The al-Sabah Collection of arts of the Islamic worlds. This collection was unveiled at the gala, with H. E. Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah as Honoree, and The Honorable George H. W. Bush and The Honorable James A. Baker, III serving as Honorary Chairmen.
More than $500,000 was raised from ticket sales to support the department of art of the Islamic worlds at the MFAH, and a 17th-century painted ceramic fritware bottle depicting a hunting scene from the Safavid Empire was generously purchased for the MFAH collection by Franci Neely and Jim Crane, and Nijad and Zeina Fares. View all of the purchased objects.
Projections of motifs inspired by the art of the Islamic worlds decorated the walls, and the mirrored mosaic exhibition of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian reflected light and color around the dining guests. Entertainment included the performance of Fire of the Phoenix (Atash-e Ghogh-noos) by dancers led by Miriam Peretz, with music by Ostad Mohammad Nejad and Amir E. Etemadzadeh. Following the three-course seated dinner catered by City Kitchen, guests danced the night away to DJ Hector of Houston Memorable Events.
The MFAH is especially grateful for the efforts of executive committee members Franci Neely, Rania Daniel, Zeina Fares, Frank J. Hevrdejs, Vahid Kooros, Sima Ladjevardian, Sultana Mangalji, Cenk Ozdogan, Sabiha Rehmatulla, Aliyya Stude, and Monsour Taghdisi.