Calendar / Type: Talk

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Medieval scholar Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore

Scholarly Talk: Gary Vikan - 5:30 PM

Medieval scholar Gary Vikan, former director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, will give a talk in the Nasher Museum lecture hall. Free and open to all. Co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MUSEUM AS LABORATORY: Neuroscience Research in the Public Sphere

MUSEUM AS LABORATORY: Neuroscience Research in the Public Sphere - 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Duke Hospital Lecture Hall 2001, one floor directly above the main lobby of Duke University Hospital (Duke North)
University of Houston engineering professor Jose Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D., and artist Dario Robleto will give a talk about the biological mechanisms that allow humans to engage with visual art, music, dance and other artistic disciplines. They will discuss their work in neuroaesthetics and their research that used mobile EEGs to track brain waves of museum visitors. Refreshments provided. This free talk is sponsored by The Duke Division of Geriatrics and the Nasher Museum, with support from Bass Connections.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Helen Solterer, a professor in Duke’s Department of Romance Studies, with Duke sophomore Cristina Garcia Ayala, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, in the object storage room at the Nasher Museum.

PANEL DISCUSSION “In Transit: Migration Around Europe” - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Join us for a panel discussion exploring  migration around Europe, through art and history. Speakers will include James Amelang (UA Madrid), Michael Gerli (UVA), Pierre-Olivier Dittmar (EHESS, Paris), Barthélémy Toguo (artist), Sarah Razza (Guggenheim Museum) and Laura Weigert (Rutgers). This panel and a related workshop are in preparation for the Fall 2018 Incubator exhibition: In Transit: Migration Around Europe.


Photo of artist Dario Robleto by J Caldwell.

Artist Talk: Dario Robleto - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The Nasher Museum is proud to present the first performance of artist Dario Robleto’s newest lecture,  “A Dream, As Faithful As A Flame.” This multi-media talk considers early recordings of the human brain alongside artistic interpretations and wonderings. Robleto’s talk is the result of years of investigating historical brain research. It is the companion talk to his other performative lecture, “The Pulse Armed With A Pen,” which shares his research of the heart.


Robleto is a transdisciplinary artist, storyteller and “citizen-scientist,” whose research-driven practice results in intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of music, popular culture, science, war and American history. His work is part of the Nasher’s collection.


“Dario Robleto’s art and research is an example of how science and art can meaningfully intersect, and may allow viewers to reconsider what they know about both realms,” said Jessica Ruhle, Director of  Education and Public Programs, who created the Reflection’s program at the Nasher. “As a university art museum, the Nasher eagerly explores and embraces the intersections between art and other disciplines.”


Robleto’s visit is supported by the Nasher’s Reflections program and a Bass Connections collaboration between the museum and the Duke Division of Geriatrics. The talk is free and open to all.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami since 2015. Photo by J Caldwell.


5:30 PM Cash bar
5:30  ̶  6:30 PM Art of Cool All-Star Band, led by Al Strong
6 PM Free Highlights Tour
6:30 PM Lecture hall doors open
7 PM Directors Series: Franklin Sirmans
Franklin Sirmans has been director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami since 2015. Before that, he held curatorial positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Menil Collection in Houston. In 2014, he served as artistic director of Prospect.3, the city-wide triennial in New Orleans.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

John Akomfrah, the London-based artist and filmmaker. Photo by J Caldwell.

Annual Rothschild Lecture: John Akomfrah - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

5:30 PM Cash bar
7 PM Lecture by acclaimed British filmmaker John Akomfrah, 2017 winner of the UK’s Artes Mundi Prize, will discuss his new three-channel video Precarity, which tells the story of the near-mythological jazz figure Buddy Bolden of New Orleans. The Nasher Museum co-commissioned the video, which premiered at Prospect.4 New Orleans, and also opened here on March 29.