Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection

On view March 6, 2014 - August 3, 2014

The Nasher Museum presents an exhibition of recent acquisitions of contemporary art and other highlights from the collection. Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection  includes paintings, works on paper, photography, video, installation and sculpture. It is on view March 6 through August 8.
“We are thrilled to present an… MORE


Containing Antiquity

On view October 21, 2010 - April 12, 2015

Containing Antiquity highlights the great variety of vessels–storage jars, perfume bottles, serving bowls and drinking cups–made and used in the ancient Greek cultural sphere throughout the Mediterranean region, and the decoration and function of these containers. These qualities demonstrate both the unity and the diversity of Greek culture and the… MORE


Loans from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection

On view in the Mary D.B.T. Semans Great Hall
Three important modern sculptures are on view in the Nasher Museum’s Great Hall, on loan from the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. A 1974 work by John Chamberlain (1927-2011) is a prime example of his use of twisted, welded and compressed… MORE


Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting

On view August 28, 2014 - January 11, 2015

The Nasher Museum presents Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting, an ambitious exhibition originating at Duke in close collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York City. The exhibition offers a fresh look at 34 of Rauschenberg’s works spanning six decades of his career, art that he reserved in his own… MORE

LEFT: Joan Miró,<em> Woman, Bird and Star (Homage to Picasso)</em>, 1966 / 1973, Oil on canvas, 96 7/16 x 66 15/16 inches (245 x 170 cm), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Successió Miró / Arists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.<br /><br />RIGHT: Joan Miró,<em> Figure</em>, 1969, Lost wax casting, patinated bronze, 55 7/8 x 16 3/4 x 16 5/16 inches (142 x 42.5 x 41.4 cm), Base: 16 9/16 x 12 13/16 x 12 3/16 inches (42.1 cm x 32.5 x 32.5 cm) , Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Successió Miró / Arists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Miró: The Experience of Seeing

On view September 14, 2014 - February 22, 2015

The Nasher Museum presents a rare glimpse at the later works of Spanish-born artist Joan Miró (1893-1983), one of the greatest innovators of 20th-century art in Europe. A contemporary of Picasso as well as a fellow Catalan, Miró was briefly aligned with the Surrealists in the late 1920s in Paris… MORE


New Collection Galleries Opening August 27, 2015

On view August 27, 2015 - February 12, 2016

To celebrate the Nasher Museum’s 10th anniversary, we will showcase our exciting and fast-growing collection. The Nasher Museum is evolving─from presenting great exhibitions to also presenting our strong collection. It has grown by more than 1,000 works of art in 10 years, and has helped the museum to become a… MORE

Archibald J. Motley, Jr., <em>Black Belt</em> (detail), 1934. Oil on canvas, 33 x 40.5 inches (83.8 x 102.9 cm). Collection of the Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

On view January 30, 2014 - May 11, 2014

The Nasher Museum presents the first sustained examination of the remarkable paintings of Archibald John Motley, Jr. (1891-1981), a master colorist and radical interpreter of urban culture. Motley has captured worldwide attention with his brilliant yet idiosyncratic paintings known for rainbow-hued, syncopated composition. For the first time, this exhibition introduces… MORE


Masculinities: Mainstream to Margins

On view January 11, 2014 - June 29, 2014

Do You Know What It Takes to Be A Man?
Spanning over 500 years, the works on view complicate our ideas about gender, biological sex and the inadequate binary of feminine and masculine. Through time and around the world, the definition of a “real man” has varied dramatically. This installation… MORE

Roy Lichtenstein, <em>Water Lilies (Pink Flower)</em>, 1992. Enamel on stainless steel with painted wood frame, 43 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches (110.5 x 97.8 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. Bequest of Louise and Alvin Myerberg, 2010.3.10. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Another Look: Appropriation in Art

On view December 14, 2013 - June 29, 2014

Appropriation has existed for as long as humans have created art, whether it is called parody, pastiche, copy, imitation, plagiarism—or even forgery and fake. Since the turn of the 20th century, however, artists have appropriated imagery from well-known works of art, commodities and the media in order to make a… MORE

Older Exhibitions click years to expand


Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space

Defining Lines: Cartography in the Age of Empire

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art

Pedro Lasch, Susan Harbage Page and Yinka Shonibare

The Cinematic Impulse

The Human Position: Old Master Works from the Collection

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Light Sensitive: Photographic Works form North Carolina Collections

Exposing the Gaze: Gender and Sexuality in Art


Recent Acquisitions

Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore

Eat, Pray, Weave: Ancient Peruvian Art from the Collection

Time Capsule, Age 13 to 21: The Contemporary Art Collection of Jason Rubell

Mark Bradford

Olafur Eliasson: The uncertain museum

Romare Bearden

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy


Angels, Devils and the Electric Slide: Outsider Art from the Permanent Collection

The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs Of Power, 1973-1991

Land, Sea and Sky in the Nineteenth Century

Becoming: Photographs From The Wedge Collection

A Selection of Women Artists from the Nasher Museum’s Collection

Jaume Plensa: Glückauf? / The Heart of Trees

Building The Contemporary Collection: Five Years Of Acquisitions

The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965

Body of Christ


The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl

Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas

Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art

Mark Hewitt: Falling Into Place

Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature


Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids

Africa and Picasso

Beyond Beauty: Photographs from the Duke University Special Collections Library

Christian Marclay: Video Quartet

Sacred Beauty: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from the Collection of Robert J. Parsons

Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City


A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections

El Greco to Velazquez: Art during the Reign of Phillip III

Picasso and the Allure of Language

Black Mirror/Espejo Negro

Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool


Taste of the Modern: Rothko, Rauschenberg, Oldenburg, Kline

States of Mind: Dan & Lia Perjovschi

New at the Nasher

Collected Identities: Gifts from the Blake Byrne Collection

Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode

Irwin Kremen: Beyond Black Mountain (1966 to 2006)


Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China

Memorials of Identity: New Media from the Rubell Family Collection

The Rape of the Sabine Women

Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art

Conjuring Bearden


The Evolution of the Nasher Collection

The Forest: Politics, Poetics and Practice