Happy New Year!
Dear Nasher Museum friends,
We are proud of the accomplishments of the past year and look forward to an even more exciting 2014.
On January 30, we open the groundbreaking exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist organized by Duke’s own Richard J. Powell. We invite you to discover this wonderful but little-known American painter who began his career in the 1920s. Motley was a master colorist and radical interpreter of the urban culture. The importance of this exhibition is reflected in its impressive national tour, which ends at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building!
The museum’s collection has grown by leaps and bounds since we opened in 2005. In 2014, we will inaugurate a series of exhibitions that will give it pride of place, beginning with Sound Vision, an eye-opening exhibition curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.
This fall, we are thrilled to present Rauschenberg: Collecting and Connecting, an ambitious exhibition originating at Duke in close collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York. Curated by Kristine Stiles, in association with Duke undergraduate students, it will present Rauschenberg in an entirely new light. Our next blockbuster opens September 14—Miró: The Experience of Seeing. Spanish-born artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) was one of the great innovators of the 20th-century. This is the first show to concentrate on the last two decades of the artist’s career, when Miró was at his most enigmatic and playful, and a rare opportunity to experience the charming works of this period, all on loan from the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.
I am most grateful for the support and encouragement from our Nasher Museum members and visitors from around the world. Because you give so generously, we are able to bring world-class art to Duke and Durham. Consider increasing your support by elevating your membership level or make an end-of-year donation, so that we can do even more!
Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Photo by J Caldwell