Dana Awartani. Abjad Hawaz Series, 2016. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Dana Awartani, Abjad Hawaz Series, 2016.

COURTESY THE ARTIST

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, a New York-based nonprofit founded last year by Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani announced that its inaugural show will feature four female artists and open May 4 in a space at 3 Howard Street. 

The show, aptly titled “Exhibition 1,” will feature works on paper and prints by Dana Awartani, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Zarina Hashmi, and Nasreen Mohamedi and aims to highlight “the unifying role of geometry and topography in their respective artistic vocabularies.” The show is the first of four that the institute plans to mount this year.

The organization is planning to find a permanent home for its activities, which will include educational talks, a “knowledge building facility,” and a residency program, though it has not yet settled on a location. As its leaders consider their options, may we remind them that Aby Rosen, a man who knows a thing or two about art and real estate, once dubbed Howard “the most interesting street in SoHo?”