At The HD Group, we are passionate about art of all kinds—from live musical performance to paintings, sculptures, photography, design, architecture, writing and other art forms. We proudly support museums like LACMA and local organizations that promote diverse art and culture from all over the world.

Arab American Art & Culture

In addition to being the month we celebrated Easter this year, April is Arab American Heritage Month. It was officially instituted by President Biden in 2021, and is an opportunity to celebrate the cultural contributions of people with Middle Eastern and Islamic heritages. California is home to one of the largest Arab American populations in the country, and the influence can be found throughout many parts of Los Angeles.

LACMA’s Islamic Art Collection

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has an incredible collection of Islamic art. Even if you have different beliefs, it is fascinating to to see art from these parts of the world where civilizations and histories are extremely complex. They have historic pieces, along with contemporary works from visionary modern artists who both honor and break free of the traditions that define Arab American culture throughout history.

To learn more about the Islamic Art Collection at LACMA, click here.

The Inspiring Art of Islamic Women

We are particularly excited about one upcoming exhibit that will open later this month. Women Defining Women in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Beyond will open at LACMA on April 23, 2023 and will run through September 24.

This exhibition will present 75 works by women artists with connections to Islamic societies. The world view of Islamic culture is that women are voiceless and invisible. These bold female artists prove that is not necessarily the case. Each artist shares her own vision of self-definition and empowerment within this culture.

Social ideology, theology and politics continue to evolve in Islamic countries ranging from Africa to the Middle East and Central Asia. Many women are still stifled, while others are finding more creative ways to forge their own paths in an ever-changing world. These works of art express powerful narratives from all across the spectrum of personal experiences and perspectives relating to Arab American culture and Islamic influence.

These female artists span multiple generations and use a wide variety of media to share their art from a women’s perspective. Learn more about this upcoming exhibition here.