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By Christina

When they visit the permanent collection, visitors to the Nasher Museum will be pleasantly surprised to find a small group of photographs, stills and prints. The first images are from photographer Burk Uzzie, a Raleigh native. He focuses on everyday objects found outside – trees, trailers and even an abandoned refrigerator.

Perhaps more shocking are Eve Sussman’s stills from a film collaboration with The Rufus Corporation. Her 2005 video, The Rape of the Sabine Women, was inspired by the painting  Intervention of the Sabine Women by Jacques-Louis David (1794-1799) and shot in several locations across Europe, including Berlin and the Greek island of  Hydra.

Equally as stunning are the chromogenic prints by Chinese artist Hong Lei for which he has recreated the traditional art of Chinese printmaking in both technique and style. The front room of the permanent collection pavilion is a refeshing contrast to the remainder of the gallery –  filled with 16th- and 17th-century French and Italian art, Medieval sculpture and pottery from the Nasher Museum’s extensive Classical collection.

Christina Martin is a junior majoring in art history and political science at Duke.

Image:  Production still from The Rape of the Sabine Women (Grayson Rises), 2005. Eve Sussman and The Rufus Corporation. Photo by Bobby Neel Adams.

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