Thursday, October 19, 2017

Barkley L. Hendricks, Bahsir (Robert Gowens) (detail), 1975. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 83 ½ x 66 inches (212.1 x 167.6 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Jack Neely, 2007.5.1. © Barkley L. Hendricks. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Nasher Reads: Disorderly Conduct and The Constitution - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Hard questions about the limits of free speech and free expression abound today.  How do we respond when deeply-held beliefs are called into question?  How can we engage in civic discourse in ways that allow us to hear and see each other?  What can we learn from artistic expression that helps us shape our own interactions with others?  How do artists and museums facilitate understanding by allowing viewers to experience other perspectives in new ways?
Join this discussion about the intersection of art and the First Amendment as these questions, and others, are explored through the works of American artists who sought to respond to a rapidly changing society in ways that defied convention, engendered controversy, and provoked thought.
The conversation will be led by Kathryn Bradley, Duke Law School professor of the practice of law and director of legal ethics, and museum gallery guide Ruth Caccavale.
This program is part of Durham Reads Together, sponsored by the Durham County Public Library.
New! General admission is free all day Thursday, 10 AM to 9 PM, but tickets are required for the exhibition, The Medici’s Painter.