Calendar / Type: Special Events

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, SHE GONE ROGUE (still), 2012

Exhibition Opening: All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection - 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

6 PM Free Highlights Tour
 

7-9 PM Performances by three Duke student choral groups: Duke Chorale (7 PM), Something Borrowed, Something Blue (7:30 PM) and Out of the Blue (8 PM).

 

Exhibition opening party for All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection. This exhibition is inspired by a photograph by David Benjamin Sherry titled All Matterings of Mind Equal One Violet. Sherry borrowed the phrase from a poem by e. e. cummings. The phrase addresses both the mystical qualities of Sherry’s large landscape, as well as the infinite ways in which the world may be imagined and experienced. This exhibition offers a small sampling of such ways and investigates how artists move beyond traditional notions of art in order to transport themselves and viewers, using methods such as costume, lighting, abstraction, mirroring and the creative recycling of found objects. With often dreamlike or otherworldly imagery, All Matterings of Mind eclipses the ordinary and presents original means of encountering alternate realities and expanding awareness of our world and beyond.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dimestore: A Writer’s Life

Nasher Reads Author Series with Lee Smith - 3:00 PM

Hillsborough author Lee Smith will give a reading and talk from her newest book, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, a book of essays that provide a portrait of her own life as well as a look at life in the Appalachian South.
Visitors are encouraged to read the book prior to discussions. Books are available for purchase in the Nasher Museum Store.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dimestore: A Writer’s Life

Nasher Reads: Dimestore by Lee Smith - 11:00 AM

Join museum staff for group discussions of Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, by Hillsborough author Lee Smith.

Visitors are encouraged to read the book prior to discussions. Books are available for purchase in the Nasher Museum Store.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gallery Talk – Medieval Stained Glass - 6:00 PM

Alexandra Dodson will talk about recently conserved works of stained glass in the museum’s collection. She will also discuss such Medieval art-making processes as stained glass and mixing pigments. Alexandra earned a doctorate degree from Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, specializing in the art and architecture of late Medieval and early modern Italy. The talk takes place in the Medieval Gallery, part of The Collection Galleries.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Free Slow Art Tour: Discussing Catfish within the Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush exhibition - 11:00 AM

Enjoy a slower look at a single work of art within the Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush exhibition, led by museum gallery guide Meg Williams. This tour will focus on the painting Catfish

Slow Art Tours last 30-45 minutes and allow visitors to enjoy art at a slower pace. Tours are free with admission.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Free Film Series – Do the Right Thing - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Do the Right Thing (1989, director Spike Lee, 2 hours, rated R).

 

The hottest day of the year explodes on-screen in this vibrant look at a day in the life of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Produced, written and directed by Spike Lee, this powerful portrait of urban racial tensions sparked controversy while earning popular and critical praise. This screening complements the exhibition, Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nasher Reads – Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates - 11:00 AM

Join Patrick Holt, Adult Services Librarian from the Durham County Library, and museum gallery guides Kathy World and Ruth Caccavale to discuss Black Panther, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This book is a graphic telling of the politically charged story of Wakanda and the dramatic upheavals faced by its citizens. Part of the conversation will take place in the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush. The group will consider how Abney’s work relates to graphic storytelling.
 
Visitors are encouraged to read the book prior to discussions. Books are available for purchase in the Nasher Museum Store.
 
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Art, Activism, Race and the Law: A Conversation - 7:00 PM

5:30 PM Cash bar
6 PM Free Highlights Tour

7 PM  Art, Activism, Race and the Law: A Conversation

This cross-disciplinary panel inspired by themes in Nina Chanel Abney will discuss the complex dynamics of race and the law, public policy, the justice system and art activism. With Jillian Johnson, Durham City Councilwoman and director of operations at Southern Vision Alliance; Sherrill Roland, artist, activist and creator of the Jumpsuit Project; Trina Jones, Duke law professor; and William A. Darity, Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy at Duke. Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, SHE GONE ROGUE (still), 2012

Mindfulness Pop-Up Fair - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sloooooow down! The museum presents a dreamy evening inspired by  All Matterings of Mind. Enjoy aromatherapy sessions and healing crystals, recharge at a napping pod, play Tibetan singing bowls, sketch in the galleries and take part in a Slow Art Tour. Co-presented by the Duke Student Wellness Center and Duke student groups. Free with admission.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, SHE GONE ROGUE (still), 2012

Slow Art Tour: All Matterings of Mind exhibition - 11:00 AM

Enjoy a slower look at a single work of art within the All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection exhibition, led by museum gallery guide.

 
Slow Art Tours last 30-45 minutes and allow visitors to enjoy art at a slower pace. Tours are free with admission.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Nasher Reads – Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates - 3:00 PM

Join museum staff to discuss Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a graphic telling of the politically charged story of Wakanda and the dramatic upheavals faced by its citizens. The conversation will take place in a gallery within Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.

Visitors are encouraged to read the book prior to discussions. Books are available for purchase in the Nasher Museum Store.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Artist Talk – Nina Chanel Abney - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Meet the Chicago-born artist whose first solo museum show is on view at the Nasher Museum through July 16.
 

The exhibition, Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush is a 10-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist’s paintings, watercolors and collages. Abney emerged in 2008 when her work was included in the notable exhibition 30 Americans, organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. As one of the youngest among a distinguished group of intergenerational African American artists, she immediately became part of an important artistic lineage. Her large-scale paintings in that exhibition included Class of 2007, depicting her white MFA class as African American inmates conspicuously wearing orange jumpsuits. It was a commentary on incarceration, race and inherent inequities in higher education and signaled the artist’s immediate willingness to confront difficult issues. Abney continues to mine aspects of American culture to create compelling, narrative tableaux reminiscent of grand manner history painting.

 
Below Abney discusses a previous 2015 exhibition, Always a Winner.
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Special Family Program: 5P1N0K10 (Spinokio) Part II - 10:30 AM

Join us for the exciting second act of the Hip Hopera, following last year’s world premiere at the Nasher. This Afro-Futuristic take on Carlo Collodi’s classic Pinocchio includes hand-crafted puppets by Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, projections and a live score performed by DJ and musician Pierce Freelon. Free with admission.

 

Special Family Program: 5P1N0K10 (Spinokio) Part II - 11:30 AM

Join us for the exciting second act of the Hip Hopera, following last year’s world premiere at the Nasher. This Afro-Futuristic take on Carlo Collodi’s classic Pinocchio includes hand-crafted puppets by Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins, projections and a live score performed by DJ and musician Pierce Freelon. Free with admission.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Annual Semans Lecture: Sandra Jackson-Dumont - 7:00 PM

5:30 PM Cash bar

 

6 PM Free Highlights Tour

 

7 PM The Nasher Museum presents Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

 

Formerly the deputy director for education and public programs and adjunct curator of modern and contemporary art at the Seattle Art Museum, Jackson-Dumont has also worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

At the Met, she is responsible for the vision and management of education, public programs, live arts/performance, audience development and academic programs. Her work encompasses a wide range of experiences designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences. She is known for her ability to blur the lines between academia, popular culture and non-traditional art-going communities. Jackson-Dumont has organized numerous exhibitions, lectures, performances, symposia and new education initiatives.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Artist Talk – Keith Knight - 7:00 PM

5:30 PM Cash bar
 
6 PM Gallery Talk – Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
 
7 PM Durham artist Keith Knight is a rapper, social activist, father and educator. For nearly two decades, audiences have read his musings on race in three original comic strips: the Knight Life, (th)ink and the K Chronicles. The NAACP recognized him as a 2015 History Maker. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Ebony, ESPN magazine and MAD Magazine, among other publications. This program complements Nina Chanel Abney.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yoga

Yoga in the Great Hall - 11:00 AM

Yoga in the Great Hall. Details TBA.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Study Hall for Duke Students

Duke Student Study Hall - 3:00 PM to 11:59 PM

Museum open Monday only for Duke student study hall.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

International Museum Day - 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Free admission all day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Solstice Listening Party - 6:00 PM

DJ Listening Party to complement All Matterings of Mind. Co-sponsored by Carolina Soul Records in Durham.