Calendar / Type: Nina Chanel Abney

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.

 
Free with admission.
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

Free and open to the public.
 
5:30 PM Cash bar

6 PM Informal chat with gallery guides before the panel

7 PM  Panel 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.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

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

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.
Free with admission.
Members get free admission. Not a member? Join today.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

6 PM Informal chat with gallery guides before the artist talk

7 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.

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.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Nina Chanel Abney, Untitled (Yo 123), 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 56 x 56 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Brummer Event: Gallery Talk - 5:30 PM

Curators Molly Boarati and Marshall Price give an exclusive gallery talk on All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection and Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush. To upgrade your membership to the Brummer Sociaty level, please call 919-684-3411, email marycatherine.hall@duke.edu, or visit nasher.duke.edu/join.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Nasher Film Series – MOVIE ON THE LAWN – Samsara - 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Samsara (2011, director Ron Fricke, 1 hour and 42 minutes, rated PG-13)

 

Through an intricate synthesis of images, and without a single word of dialogue, this intoxicating film takes us on a cross-continental journey through our modern world. This fascinating work by director Ron Fricke invites us to embrace our perplexing existence through portraits that range from horrific to divine. Screened outside on the Nasher Museum Café lawn. Co-presented with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Complement to All Matterings of Mind. Free!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Nasher Film Series – Fresh Dressed - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Fresh Dreshed (2015, director Sacha Jenkins, 1 hour and 30 minutes, not rated)

 

This is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti- drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion catwalks and middle America’s shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins’s musical history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers and other industry insiders. Complement to Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush.

 
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Nasher Film Series – Pariah - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Pariah (2011, director Dee Rees, 1 hour and 26 minutes, rated R)

 

A lesbian teenager in the Bronx juggles multiple identities to please friends and family, but pressure from home, school and within corrodes the line between her dual personas, with explosive consequences. The feature debut of writer/director Dee Rees, Pariah had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Complement to Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush. Free!