The Nasher Museum opened in 2005 as a major center for the arts on Duke University’s campus and in the surrounding Research Triangle area. The museum organizes and presents leading-edge exhibitions that travel to institutions worldwide, most recently Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist (2014), Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (2013), The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918 (2010) and Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (2008). The traveling exhibition El Greco to Velázquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III was named one of Time magazine’s top 10 shows of 2008. The strengths of the museum’s permanent collection are Medieval art, art of the Americas (largely pre-Columbian), Classical Antiquities and modern and contemporary art.
The museum’s contemporary collection features a growing list of artists, including Barkley L. Hendricks, Christian Marclay, Wangechi Mutu, Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. More than 100,000 people visit the museum each year.
The 65,000-square-foot Nasher Museum was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly. The centerpiece of Viñoly’s modernist design is a dramatic 13,000-square-foot glass-and-steel roof rising to a height of 45 feet above the great hall. Five concrete pavilions fan out from a central courtyard to house three large gallery spaces, auditorium, two classrooms, shop and café. The museum presents a dynamic schedule of programs, including free Family Days, performing arts events, lectures, film series and social gatherings.
The Nasher Museum’s growing permanent collection includes some of today’s best contemporary art, with a rare focus on work by artists of African descent. Other major strengths in the collection include European medieval art, European and American paintings, Outsider art, classical antiquities, African art and ancient American (Pre-Columbian) art.
Formerly the Duke University Museum of Art, the museum was founded in 1969 with the acquisition of 200 medieval works from the Ernest Brummer Collection. The museum was housed in a former science building on the East Campus until the new building opened on Duke’s central campus in 2005. The museum was renamed the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, in honor of the late Raymond D. Nasher, Duke alumnus, collector and benefactor.
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University promotes engagement with the visual arts among a broad community including Duke students, faculty, and staff, the greater Durham community, the Triangle region, and the national and international art community. The museum is dedicated to an innovative approach, and presents collections, exhibitions, publications, and programs that attain the highest level of artistic excellence, stimulate intellectual discourse, enrich individual lives, and generate new knowledge in the service of society. Drawing on the resources of a leading research university, the museum serves as a laboratory for interdisciplinary approaches to embracing and understanding the visual arts.
IMAGE: Wangechi Mutu’s 2013 installation of Suspended Playtime greeted visitors to her solo exhibition at the Nasher Museum. The artist’s mixed-media collages, Funkalicious fruit field (2007) and People in Glass Towers Should Not Imagine Us (2003), are visible through the installation made of packing blankets, twine, garbage bags and gold string. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
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EXHIBITIONS: Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography (detail of panel 3), 1968. Offset lithograph on paper, overall dimensions: 66.13 x 145.5 inches (167.96 x 369.47cm), 66 1⁄8 x 48 3⁄4 inches each (167.96 x 123.83 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Marian B. Javits, 1991.15.1. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
COLLECTION: Wangechi Mutu, Family Tree (detail), 2012. Suite of 13, mixed-media collage on paper, 20 x 14.25 inches (50.8 x 36.2 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Trent Carmichael (T’88, P’17), Blake Byrne (T’57), Marjorie and Michael Levine (T’84, P’16), Stefanie and Douglas Kahn (P’11, P’13), and Christen and Derek Wilson (T’86, B’90, P’15). Image courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © Wangechi Mutu. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.
BOARD OF ADVISORS 2014
Nasher Museum staff and friends mourn the loss of board member Marilyn Arthur, a longtime supporter, who passed away on November 11, 2014. The national Board of Advisors gives advice on policy and major fundraisinginitiatives and helps to guide the museum’s acquisitions for the permanent collection.
Nancy A. Nasher, L’79, Chair of the Board
Christopher Bass, T’97
E. Blake Byrne, T’57, Chair Emeritus
Trent Carmichael, T’88, P’17
Paula Hannaway Crown, T’80
David J. Haemisegger
Valerie Hillings, T’93
Brenda La Grange Johnson, WC’61, P’96
Katherine Thorpe Kerr, T’04
David Lamond, T’97, L’06
Gerrity Lansing, Jr., T’95
Michael J. Levine, T’84, P’16
Patricia Roderick Morton, T’77, P’06
Jack H. Neely, T’80, P’06
Katharine Lee Reid
Andrew C. Rothschild
Jason Lewis Rubell, T’91
Douglas Smooke, T’90
William L. True, T’77
Derek M. Wilson, T’86, B’90, P’15
Ex Officio members include Sally Kornbluth, Provost; Scott Lindroth, Vice Provost for the Arts; Arthur Rogers, Nasher Museum of Art Friends Board President; Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director;Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of American, Afro-American and African Art, Art, Art History & Visual Studies; Professor Hans Van Miegroet, Chairman, Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
Collections Committee members include the Nasher Board of Advisors; Frank Konhaus T’80; Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
FRIENDS BOARD 2013-2014
The Nasher Museum Friends Board focuses on reaching out to new audiences, increasing the museum’s membership and providing ongoing annual support.
Arthur Rogers, President
Henry Sappenfield, Vice President and President-Elect
Stefanie Kahn, Secretary
Virginia (Ginger) Jernigan
Kelly Braddy Van Winkle
FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2012-2013
The Faculty Advisory Committee provides a connection to new trends in research and teaching throughout the university and advises on program planning.
Kristine Stiles, Chair, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Srinivas Aravamudan, Dean of Humanities
Ian Baucom, Professor of English and Director, Franklin Humanities Institute
Peter Burian, Professor, Department of Classical Studies
Cathy Davidson, Ruth F. Devarney, Professor of English Director, HASTAC, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute
Scott Lindroth, Vice Provost for the Arts
Thavolia Glymph, Associate Professor, African and African American Studies
William Noland, Associate Professor of the Practice, Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of American, Afro-American and African Art, Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Sumathi Ramaswamy, Professor, Department of History
Victoria Szabo, Assistant Research Professor, Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Ex Officio members include Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum of Art; Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art; Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Academic Programs, Nasher Museum of Art; Juline Chevalier, Curator of Education, Nasher Museum of Art; Katie Adkins, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Nasher Museum of Art; Molly Boarati, Academic Program Coordinator, Nasher Museum of Art.
STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD 2013-2014
The Nasher Student Advisory board plans student events, hosts “Art for All” evenings and works to bring every Duke student to visit the museum at least once during their time at Duke.
Lauren Acampora T’14, Co-Chair 2013-2014
Kelsey Richards T’15, Co-Chair 2013-2014
Juline Chevalier, Nasher Museum Staff Liaison
Emily Eichenberger M’14
Max Feidelson T’16
Megan Friedman T’15
Annalise Johnson T’16
Yuyi Li T’ 17
Sujata V Mahtaney T’15
Addison Malone T’15
Marissa Medine T’14
Holly Nichols M’14, T’09
Burcu Ozlar T’15
Justin Sandulli T’16
Zsofia Solta T’14
Gary Yeh T’ 17
Taylor Zakarin T’14
Marshall Price has been appointed to the newly created position of curator of modern and contemporary art at the Nasher Museum.
Price comes to the museum from New York, where he has been curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum for the past 11 years. At the Nasher Museum, Price will organize new exhibitions and programs and take a leading role with Duke faculty and students on special projects. He began his position as Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in March, 2014. Price’s appointment rounds out the curatorial team led by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.
“Marshall brings tremendous experience to the Nasher Museum as an art historian and museum professional. He brought international attention to the National Academy Museum, infusing that venerable, 200-year-old institution with new art and programs,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “He perfectly complements the expertise of our curators with his background in American modernism as well as international contemporary art.”
Price made a name for himself in the art world through his leading role at the National Academy Museum. He was instrumental in organizing a regular schedule of contemporary exhibitions, acquiring several hundred works of art and updating the National Academicians with the annual induction of some of the world’s best known contemporary artists.
He also created the Windows on Fifth series, which enlivened the museum’s Fifth Avenue façade, engaging pedestrians through digital and animation work by Julian Opie, Adam Chapman and Jennifer Steinkamp. His Sculpture in the Rotunda series began in 2011 with a large work by John Chamberlain.
He has edited many catalogues and publications to accompany exhibitions, including The Sight of Silence: John Cage’s Complete Watercolors (2012) and Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel (2013).
“I have watched the Nasher Museum grow over the last nine years to become one of the country’s premier mid-size museums,” Price said. “I am thrilled to be part of the museum’s next decade — building the permanent collection, organizing exhibitions that travel the world, publishing original catalogues and working with Duke’s outstanding faculty and students.”
Price earned his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2011, specializing in American modernism. He earned a master’s degree in art history from Pennsylvania State University. Before arriving in New York, he held an assistant curator position at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California.
Trevor Schoonmaker has been named Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum. This fall, he won a 2013 Indies Arts Award from INDY Week for his exceptional contributions to the arts in the Triangle.
Schoonmaker joined the Nasher Museum in 2006 as the founding contemporary curator. He curated the nationally touring exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey (2013), which is traveling to the Brooklyn Museum, as well as The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (2010), Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool (2008) and Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode, (2007). He is the editor of Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). His previous title at the museum was Patsy R. and Raymond D. Curator of Contemporary Art.
Schoonmaker is a member of the board of directors for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., in New York.
Juline Chevalier, curator of education, is the president for the North Carolina Art Education Association. She began her two-year term as president of the organization in January 2014. Chevalier is also the museum representative-elect for the Southeast Region of the National Art Education Association for 2013-2015.
The museum received an exciting $75,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to work with public elementary school teachers and their students in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years. The NEA grant allows the Nasher Museum’s education department and Durham public school teachers to create visual art and language arts lessons for kindergarten, first- and second-grade students using art from the museum’s collection. The lesson plans and activities meet the Common Core Curriculum Standards (adopted by 44 states) and 21st Century Skills (adopted by 15 states). The materials are available at wordsandpictures.nasher.duke.edu.
Kathleen Wright, special events coordinator at the Nasher Museum, was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Triangle Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events for her “exceptional skill, dedication and professionalism” to the industry. Kathy has been a member of NACE since 1997, and has served as Triangle Chapter president, chair of the Chapter Presidents’ Council and on the national board of directors as a Regional Vice President.
Welcome to the Nasher Museum’s website—a good resource to plan your visit, but also peruse for stories and photographs of our events, and images of art. This fall, we have transformed the galleries with two major new exhibitions. A lively calendar of events, from curator talks to musical performances, will inspire visitors of all ages to make connections to great art.
We are extremely proud to present Miró: The Experience of Seeing, an exhilarating exhibition of works by Spanish-born artist Joan Miró. Don’t miss the only East Coast venue for this special ticketed exhibition! It’s also the first-ever presentation of the final 20 years of Miró’s career, a period of tremendous productivity in his painting, printmaking and sculpture. The exhibition reveals Miró’s tireless creativity and an intimate connection to nature, the human figure and his interior lifescape. Come and discover this joyous and inspirational late work by one of the great masters of 20th century art.
My advice? Come back again and again to see the monumental sculptures and paintings of Miró! Each time you visit, you’ll discover different ways to earn stars on the Miró Stars Card, a new kind of “frequent-flier card” that includes the store, café and events, including group tours. Ten stars will win you a two-month Nasher Museum membership for benefits, prizes and two free Miró tickets─or you can fill your Miró Stars Card to extend your membership by two months. Find your own Miró stars card at the information desk.
Discounted Miró tickets are available to members of the Duke community─and Duke students always attend for free.
We are also very excited that the museum is devoting eight galleries across two pavilions to the phenomenal show curated by Kristine Stiles with assistance from five Duke undergrads, Rauschenberg: Collecting and Connecting. This is an exciting moment for the Nasher Museum as we present stunning work by Rauschenberg (on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation) in “conversation” with exemplary works in our own collection. The show beautifully reflects the Nasher Museum’s mission to work closely with Duke faculty and students and support new research while sharing great art with the community.
I look forward to seeing you soon at the Nasher Museum!
Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University