Friday, January 26, 2018
Cash bar: 5:30 PM
Gallery talk: 6 PM
Join Durham artist Bill Bamberger and Duke undergraduate students for a talk about Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger, which the students co-curated through a Curatorial Practicum class taught at the Nasher Museum, within The Collection Galleries. Free and open to all.
Courtside is an exhibition of 26 vibrant color photographs that capture a variety of basketball hoops around the world. Bamberger is a Durham resident and instructor at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
From Maine to Florida and Rwanda to Mexico, the hoops indicate places both where basketball is played and where communities and relationships are built. They are objects that often shape and reflect these communities. As a part of many diverse landscapes, the hoops become integral elements of each location’s unique narrative.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Nasher Museum presents a major nationwide touring exhibition that offers a new perspective on the critical contribution that artists of African descent have made to the evolution of abstract art from 1940s to the present. Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection is the first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a lineage of visionary black artists. The exhibition begins in the mid-20th century with Abstract Expressionist Norman Lewis and traces a line to some of today’s most celebrated artists, including Theaster Gates and Lorna Simpson, as well as Mark Bradford, who represents the United States at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Solidary and Solitary draws on the Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, which started in 1999 with a focus on abstract work by post-war and contemporary African-American artists, from 1945 to the present. In recent years, the collection’s focus has expanded to include artists from Africa and the global African diaspora.
Solidary and Solitary opens at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans (September 30, 2017 – January 21, 2018) and will travel to the Nasher Museum (February 15 – July 15, 2018), the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University (August 20 – November 25, 2018) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (March – July 2019).
The exhibition is co-curated by Christopher Bedford, Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Katy Siegel, senior programming and research curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Thaw Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University.
The Solidary and Solitary tour is supported by the Helis Foundation and made possible with the support of the Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida Collection. A companion publication, Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art, is published by Gregory Miller and edited by Courtney J. Martin (incoming deputy director and chief curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York), featuring new research and writing from curators at some of the world’s leading institutions.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Nasher Museum members at the Sustainer level and up are invited to an exclusive celebration of Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. The evening will include a discussion about collecting and exhibiting this remarkable lineage of black artists with collector Pamela Joyner, artist Shinique Smith and exhibition co-curator Katy Siegel, senior programming and research curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Thaw Chair in Modern American Art at Stony Brook University. Reception to follow. This event is for Nasher Museum members at the Sustainer level and above. Not a Sustainer yet? Don’t miss out on this event! Please visit our website to join or upgrade your membership, or call (919) 684-3411.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Nasher Museum presents Precarity, a new multichannel video installation created by John Akomfrah, the London-based artist and filmmaker. Precarity works with the themes of risk, hybridity and the unfathomable to explore the city of New Orleans through the remarkable life and times of Charles “Buddy” Bolden, the first person known to have explored the sonic tonalities of the music we now call jazz.