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“Shadow and Light (for Julian Francis Abele)”

Posted By Wendy Hower

  A complicated story from Duke’s history has inspired visiting artist Odili Donald Odita for the wall painting he created with three painting assistants this summer at the Nasher Museum. Most of Duke University’s campus, including Duke Chapel and Cameron Indoor Stadium, was designed by African-American architect Julian Francis Abele. He never set foot on campus before he died in 1950, however, because of segregation and Jim Crow laws. “With this installation,” Odita writes,  “I wish to pay attention to the various qualities of action and event in color in the way that Mr. Abele’s highly tuned attention to historical… MORE

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