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Deborah Grant, In the Land of the Blind the Blue Eye Man is King from the series By the Skin of Our Teeth
We could talk about the art market, but we’d rather talk about connections between the Nasher Museum and contemporary art. You’ll find plenty of connections throughout our newest exhibition, Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection.

Sound Vision presents our most recent acquisitions, as well as other works from the collection that are on view for the first time. Visitors will quickly notice our dedication to contemporary art, but the show also provides a glimpse into our strategy for building a fast-growing collection. Some works are part of the Nasher’s rich exhibition history, while others express our commitment to global artists of color, with a particular emphasis on those of African descent.

We do not wait for artists to be rewarded by the art market, but we are thrilled when they are.

Sound Vision includes a major work by Deborah Grant, who deserves congratulations for  her solo show at The Drawing Center and a terrific review by Hyperallergic. We are also proud of LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose solo show is now on view at Seattle Art Museum, curated by Sandra Jackson-Dumont. Sound Vision includes two of LaToya’s photographs. Carrie Mae Weems was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” this past fall, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a 30-year retrospective of her work in January. Two of her works are part of Sound Vision.

Sound Vision features works by emerging and mid-career artists, alongside those by more established artists who have been innovators and significant sources of inspiration. Fresh combinations give rise to unexpected conversations between works. The exhibition reflects the present state of contemporary art and society, but also echoes the voice of the Nasher Museum as an institution. The museum aims to present varied artistic and cultural perspectives and introduce new artists who help broaden the dialogue. At its core, Sound Vision demonstrates the museum’s commitment to building a strong foundation in the art of our time. It considers the present moment, foreshadowing the next. The exhibition is organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.

Want to learn about more Nasher Museum connections? Read on!

The Nasher Museum is acquiring a fantastic work by Hassan Hajjaj, born in Morocco and based in London, and whose “dazzling photo-portraits” earned an exciting review recently in The New York Times.

This weekend is the last chance to see our original exhibition, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, at the Brooklyn Museum.

If you are in Washington, D.C., this weekend, you’ll want to catch chief curator Trevor Schoonmaker in conversation with Toronto-based curator Kenneth Montague at the National Gallery of Art. They have something to say about collecting and presenting African-American art. Nasher Museum visitors and friends will remember Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, in 2010.

Attention, art lovers in Los Angeles! Do head over to the L.A. County Museum of Art to see Futbol: The Beautiful Game, a group exhibition that examines football—nicknamed “the beautiful game” by one sports commentator—and its importance in societies around the world.. Curator Franklin Sirmans at LACMA has updated the 2006 exhibition he co-curated with Trevor Schoonmaker in New York.

TOP: Deborah Grant, In the Land of the Blind the Blue Eye Man is King from the series By the Skin of Our Teeth, 2007. Oil, archival ink, paper, Flashe paint, and enamel on five birch panels; 72 × 180 × 2 inches (182.9 × 457.2 × 5.1 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by JoAnn and Ronald Busuttil; 2014.2.1. © Deborah Grant. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

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