Andy Warhol, Open This End, 1962. Acrylic on canvas, 8 x 11 inches (20.32 x 27.94 cm). Collection of Blake Byrne, T’57, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, partial and promised gift of Blake Byrne, T’57. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York. Photo by Brian Forrest.

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

On view February 19, 2015 - July 12, 2015

An exhibition of both iconic and lesser-known works from some of the most significant and compelling artists of the last 50 years, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne will trace a number of intertwined narratives in the history of recent art. These narratives include Pop… MORE

Area 919: Artists in the Triangle

On view January 24, 2015 - April 12, 2015

The Nasher Museum presents a survey of noteworthy work by artists who live in the Triangle. Some of the artists show their work internationally in contemporary galleries and museums; others are newer to the art world. All of them contribute to a vibrant and innovative local artist community. These “artists… MORE
Joan Miró, Caress of a Bird (La Caresse d'un oiseau), 1967. Painted bronze, 123 × 43 1/2 × 19 inches (312.4 × 110.5 × 48.3 cm). Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas. © Successió Miró / 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York / ADAGP, Paris, France. Photo by J Caldwell.

Loans from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection

On view August 27, 2014 - September 14, 2015

On view in the Mary D.B.T. Semans Great Hall Two important modern sculptures are on view in the Nasher Museum’s Great Hall, on loan from the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. A 1967 painted bronze work by Joan Miró (1893-1983) serves as introduction to the special ticketed exhibition, Miró: The 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
Liliane Lijn, Koan – Cuts III, 1971. Screenprint with collage on paper, 22 x 31 1/2 inches (55.9 x 80 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Mr. Kenneth Dorman, 1980.104.3. © Liliane Lijn. All Rights Reserved, DACS, London and ARS, New York. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75

On view April 2, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Drawn primarily from the Nasher Museum’s vast collection of prints, Colour Correction examines a moment when artists adopted, and adapted, the screenprint technique during an extremely fertile period of experimentation and productivity in the United States and Great Britain. Coinciding with a confluence of social upheaval, political turmoil and artistic… MORE

The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light

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 MORE

Richard Mosse: The Enclave

On view August 27, 2015 - January 10, 2016

The Nasher Museum presents Richard Mosse’s The Enclave, an immersive 40-minute six-channel video installation shot in eastern Congo. The Enclave is the culmination of the artist’s recent body of work and will be on view in the Southeast for the first time. Debuting at the 55th Venice Biennale MORE

Nasher 10

On view October 2, 2015 - October 1, 2016


In celebration of its first decade, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has announced plans to commission a mural by abstract painter Odili Donald Odita in downtown Durham, and also a large-scale wall painting inside… 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

On view September 1, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art is the first contemporary art exhibition to question and explore in-depth 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… 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, Miró was briefly aligned with the Surrealists in the late 1920s in Paris and went on to create a… MORE

Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting

On view August 28, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting offers a fresh look at 34 works of art that the artist reserved in his own collection. The exhibition, on view through Jan. 11, 2015, originated at Duke is a collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York. Two gallery pavilions organized into eight sections… MORE

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

Older Exhibitions click years to expand


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

Jaume Plensa: Glückauf? / The Heart of Trees

Building The Contemporary Collection: Five Years Of Acquisitions

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

Body of Christ


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

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