State of Wonder: A Thematic Installation of Art Inspired by the Book State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
At the NASHER MUSEUM (August 4, 2012 - October 7, 2012)

For a second year, the Nasher Museum of Art is collaborating with Duke’s Office of New Student Programs to present an art installation accompanying the incoming freshmen summer reading book. This year’s selection, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (2011), is a novel that follows an American pharmacologist as she seeks out her former mentor developing a fertility drug in the heart of the Amazon. Over forty works of art from the Nasher’s permanent collection, ranging from Ancient American ceramics to contemporary Chinese photography, explore themes such as maternity, bioethics, biodiversity, and post-colonialism.

Image credit: Axl Leskoschek, Untitled from the book Brazilian Miniatures, 1974. Woodcut, 6 3/16 x 5 1/16 inches (15.7 x 12.9 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Gift of Mrs. Nicolas Herpin, 1979.33.22.