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

On view February 18, 2016 - June 26, 2016

The Nasher Museum presents A Material Legacy, an exhibition that explores two distinct legacies: one of contemporary artists’ innovative use of materials, the other of philanthropy and collecting. The artists presented here are the descendants of avant-garde predecessors who emerged a century ago and embraced industrial metals, manufactured objects… MORE
Ebony G. Patterson, <em>...shortly after 8- beyond the bladez</em> (detail), 2014. Mixed media on paper, 92 × 111 inches (233.7 × 281.9 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by Blake Byrne (T'57) and Marjorie and Michael Levine (T'84, P'15); 2015.3.1. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. © Ebony G. Patterson.

Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection

On view October 1, 2015 - July 10, 2016

In celebration of the museum’s 10th anniversary, the Nasher Museum presents some of its most significant works from the contemporary collection. Reality of My Surroundings demonstrates the museum’s ongoing commitment to collecting contemporary work by global artists, with a focus on artists of African descent. The exhibition emphasizes art’s unique… MORE

The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light

On view August 27, 2015 - September 18, 2016

The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light is a comprehensive and dynamic reinstallation of the museum’s collection. Eight new galleries are dedicated to specific collection areas highlighting many of the museum’s masterworks while illustrating a history of human creativity. The Ancient World covers a broad geographical and chronological reach,… 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 has 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 MORE
Katharina Grosse - Untitled - 2013

Sculpture Loans

On view August 13, 2015 - August 7, 2016

Important contemporary sculptures are on view in the Nasher Museum’s Great Hall and on the front lawn, on loan from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection. A 12-foot-long sculpture created by Katharina Grosse in 2013 rises up from the front lawn of the museum. The work is… MORE
Louis Draper, Garment Worker with Scar, New York, c. 1964 (printed c. 1965).

Selections from the Photography Collection

On view May 28, 2016 - January 22, 2017

The Nasher Museum presents Selections from the Photography Collection, as part of  The Collection Galleries. Drawn from the Nasher Museum’s collection, this installation presents 160 years of photographic history and includes several recent and significant gifts. The earliest works are two portraits from the 1840s by the pioneering… 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
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

On view May 28, 2016 - September 18, 2016

The Nasher Museum presents Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes an exhibition in the Incubator, as part of  The New 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 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

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush

On view February 16, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush is the first solo museum exhibition of Chicago-born artist Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982), and a 10-year survey of the artist’s provocative paintings, watercolors and collages. Unapologetically revitalizing narrative figure painting, Abney has been branded as one of the “Next Irascibles” by Paper Magazine.… MORE

The Fleeting Image: Four Contemporary Artists

On view March 26, 2016 - May 15, 2016

The Nasher Museum presents an exhibition of four contemporary works in the Incubator, as part of  The New GalleriesThe Fleeting Image: Four Contemporary Artists features work by artists who work in a variety of mediums and share an interest in the impermanence of images. Their artistic strategies are… MORE
Paul McCarthy

Full Exposure: Paul and Damon McCarthy’s Pirate Party

On view December 12, 2015 - March 13, 2016

THE INCUBATOR, (WITHIN THE NEW GALLERIES)   The Nasher Museum presents an exhibition of photographs by Paul and Damon McCarthy in the Incubator, as part of  The New Galleries. Full Exposure: Paul and Damon McCarthy’s Pirate Party is co-organized by students in the fall 2015 graduate seminar, Performance and MORE
Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941. Gelatin silver print, 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (39.4 x 49.5 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Bequest of the Aubrey Courtney Shives, Jr. (T'66) Trust; 2011.8.16. © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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

On view August 27, 2015 - November 29, 2015

The Nasher Museum presents a small installation of works by Ansel Adams in the Incubator, as part of  The New Galleries. Sharp Focus: Ansel Adams and American Photography presents a view into the rich and diverse body of work of one of the most iconic American artists of MORE

Older Exhibitions click years to expand


Richard Mosse: The Enclave

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

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