Miserere et Guerre

On view March 18, 2017 - July 23, 2017

The Nasher Museum presents Miserere et Guerre, as part of  The Collection Galleries. The Nasher Museum, Duke Chapel and Duke Divinity School have collaborated on the exhibition Miserere et Guerre, a series of 58 intaglio prints by French artist Georges Rouault (1871–1958). Originally conceived as a two-volume… MORE

All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection

On view March 2, 2017 - August 27, 2017

To transcend is to go beyond, to surpass, to exceed or rise above in extent or degree. Transcendence can be physical, spiritual, emotional or mental and allows for an encounter that defies expectations. The works in this exhibition transcend everyday experience through the creation of magical worlds and new sensations,… MORE

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush

On view February 16, 2017 - July 16, 2017

The Nasher Museum presents Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush, the first solo exhibition in a museum for Abney, a 34-year-old artist from Chicago who was identified by Vanity Fair magazine as one of the many artists championing the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibition is a 10-year survey of approximately MORE

The Real and the Imagined: Selections from the Photography Collection

On view October 26, 2016 - May 28, 2017

The Nasher Museum presented Selections from the Photography Collection, as part of  The Collection Galleries. Photography is a deceptive medium. It has the ability to capture fleeting, candid moments with a supposed accuracy and precision that we take for granted. Photographs may also be infinitely manipulated, however, and MORE
The Collection Galleries

The Collection Galleries

On view May 28, 2016 - May 28, 2017

Highlighting 5,000 years of art, The Collection Galleries contain rotating installations of the Nasher Museum’s extensive holdings. Eight galleries, and also the entrance to Wilson Pavilion, are dedicated to the collection’s strengths, which include a variety of cultures and time periods. The Incubator is a flexible gallery used for… MORE
Katharina Grosse - Untitled - 2013

Sculpture Loans

On view February 18, 2016 - August 1, 2017

A 12-foot-long sculpture created by Katharina Grosse, Untitled, rises up from the front lawn of the museum. The work is on loan from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection. Grosse created Untitled in 2013 from acrylic on fiberglass reinforced plastic. Grosse, who was born in Germany MORE
Shadow and Light

Odili Donald Odita Murals

On view August 18, 2015 - October 1, 2017

As part of Nasher10, a celebration of the first decade and beyond, the Nasher Museum commissioned two large-scale murals by abstract painter Odili Donald Odita­. His wall painting inside the Nasher Museum’s Mary D.B.T. Semans Great Hall, entitled Shadow and Light (For Julian Francis Abele), is inspired by the MORE

The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence

On view August 24, 2017 - January 14, 2018

The Nasher Museum is proud to present The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence, the first exhibition in the United States devoted to the luminous and meticulously rendered paintings of Italian artist Carlo Dolci (1616–1687). A favorite among the powerful Medici family, Dolci was the most important painter… MORE

A Portrait of Venice: Jacopo de’ Barbari’s View of 1500

On view September 7, 2017 - December 31, 2017

The Nasher Museum presents a multi-media exhibition that brings to life the city of Venice through Jacopo de’ Barbari’s iconic View. Printed in 1500, this mural-sized woodcut portrays a bird’s eye view of the city that was instantly recognized as a technological and artistic masterpiece, a portrait of an… MORE

Disorderly Conduct: American Painting and Sculpture, 1960-1990

On view September 21, 2017 - February 25, 2018

The Nasher Museum presents an exhibition inspired by some of pluralistic approaches that characterized American painting and sculpture between 1960 and 1990. Drawn primarily from the collection and featuring several significant recent acquisitions, Disorderly Conduct will include works by Al Held, Philip Guston, Audrey Flack, Nancy Graves and David Salle,… MORE

Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

On view November 18, 2017 - February 25, 2018


The Nasher Museum is pleased to celebrate Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (P.4), the art exhibition that takes place every three years throughout the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The artistic director of Prospect.4 is Trevor Schoonmaker, who is Chief Curator and MORE

Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

October 1, 2016 - March 5, 2017

The Nasher Museum presented Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), as part of The Collection Galleries. Kara Walker creates challenging works that address the legacy of slavery in American culture by invoking racial and gendered stereotypes and myths. This series of 15 prints features Walker’s… MORE
Hank Willis Thomas, Black Righteous Space, 2012. DVD (playlist and video installation), microphone, and mac mini, approx. 60 minutes in length. Edition of 3, with 2 artist proofs. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

September 1, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art  questions and explores the complex and contested space of the American South. One needs to look no further than literature, cuisine and music, to see evidence of the South’s profound influence on American culture, and consequently much of the world.… MORE
Burk Uzzle, Clear Cut Church, North Carolina, 2006. Archival pigment print, 44¼× 52¼ inches (112.4 × 132.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Burk Uzzle.

Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes

May 28, 2016 - September 25, 2016

The Nasher Museum presented Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes, an exhibition in the Incubator, part of  The Collection GalleriesBased in Wilson, North Carolina, Uzzle has photographed the American South for over five decades, capturing nuanced views in both black and white and color from the mountains to the coast. MORE

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Selections from the Photography Collection

The Fleeting Image: Four Contemporary Artists

A Material Legacy: The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection of Contemporary Art


Full Exposure: Paul and Damon McCarthy’s Pirate Party

Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection

Nasher10: The Contemporary Collection

The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light

Richard Mosse: The Enclave

Installation within The New Galleries: Sharp Focus: Ansel Adams and American Photography

Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne

Area 919: Artists in the Triangle


Miró: The Experience of Seeing

Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting

Loans from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection

Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Masculinities: Mainstream to Margins


Another Look: Appropriation in Art

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

Building The Contemporary Collection: Five Years Of Acquisitions

Jaume Plensa: Glückauf? / The Heart of Trees

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

Body of Christ


Containing Antiquity

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

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

Picasso and the Allure of Language

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

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

Conjuring Bearden

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


The Forest: Politics, Poetics and Practice

The Evolution of the Nasher Collection