Carlo Amorati, Untitled (Sunlight on water with gondola), c. 1960. Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print. Collection of Charles and Linda Googe.

La Vita Italiana: Italian Postwar Photography, 1950-1970

On view September 30, 2017 - May 13, 2018

La Vita Italiana is a candid look at life in postwar Italy through the eyes of approximately 20 Italian photographers. Relatively unknown in this country, these photographs reveal some of the humor, hardships and other aspects of everyday life in Italy after World War II. Part of The Collection GalleriesMORE
Al Held, Untitled (detail), c. 1957. Oil on canvas, 45 × 44 inches (114.3 × 111.8 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Fagin, 2016.6.1. © Al Held Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York.

Disorderly Conduct: American Painting and Sculpture, 1960-1990

On view September 21, 2017 - February 25, 2018

The decade immediately following World War II was one of significant artistic achievement in the United States. In the late 1950s, artists took divergent aesthetic paths in reaction to the dominance of Abstract Expressionism, laying the foundation for a plurality of styles that proliferated in the ensuing years. Drawn primarily… 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

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

On view August 24, 2017 - January 14, 2018

“Everything he made sprang from tenderness.” — The Boston Globe The Nasher Museum of Art is proud to present The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence, the country’s first-ever exhibition of the remarkable paintings and drawings by Carlo Dolci (1616-1687). A favorite of the Medici court,… MORE
The Collection Galleries

The Collection Galleries

On view May 28, 2016 - May 27, 2018

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 - July 1, 2018

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 - July 29, 2019

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

Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger

On view January 18, 2018 - May 13, 2018

The Nasher Museum presents an exhibition of vibrant color photographs that capture a variety of basketball hoops around the world. The artist, Bill Bamberger, is a Durham resident and instructor at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From Maine to Florida and… MORE

Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection

On view February 22, 2018 - July 15, 2018

The Nasher Museum presents a major nationwide touring exhibition that offers a new perspective on the critical contribution that artists of African descent have made to the evolution of abstract art from 1940s to the present. Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection is the first large-scale public exhibition to bring… MORE

John Akomfrah: Precarity

On view March 29, 2018 - August 26, 2018

The Nasher Museum presents Precarity, a new three-channel video installation created by John Akomfrah, the London-based artist and filmmaker. Precarity works with the themes of risk, hybridity and the unfathomable to explore the city of New Orleans through the remarkable life and times of Charles “Buddy” Bolden, the first… MORE
Karel Appel, Sunshine Cat

Karel Appel and Dieter Roth: Cats and Dogs

On view May 26, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Offering a playful and amusing take on two of the most adored domestic animals, cats and dogs, this installation is selected from two lithographic portfolios by Dutch artist Karel Appel (1921-2006) and German-born artist Dieter Roth (1930‑1998). Roth was a printmaker, sculptor, painter, poet and performance artist and part of… MORE
Antonio Caro, Colombia, 1976. Paint on metal, 19.5  x 27.5 x 1.13 inches (49.53 cm x 69.85 cm x 2. 86 cm). MIT List Visual Arts Center. Purchased with funds from the Alan May Endowment.

Pop América, 1965-1975

On view February 21, 2019 - July 21, 2019

The Nasher Museum won the first-ever Sotheby’s Prize in support of this upcoming exhibition. Read more. Despite the wide appeal of Pop art’s engaging imagery, the broader public remains unaware of the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists working at the same time and alongside… MORE

Opening Weekend for Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (in New Orleans, Louisiana)

November 18, 2017 - November 19, 2017

In honor of Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Artistic Director of Prospect.4, the Nasher Museum invites you to join Prospect New Orleans for the fourth edition of the acclaimed international… MORE

Ed Ruscha: Parking Lots

June 10, 2017 - September 24, 2017

The Nasher Museum presented Ed Ruscha: Parking Lots, as part of  The Collection Galleries. For more than fifty years, Ed Ruscha has combined his interest in conceptual art and popular culture to make drawings, paintings and photographs that are often inextricably linked to the urban landscape of Southern… MORE

Barkley L. Hendricks: Works from the Collection

May 14, 2017 - July 30, 2017

The Nasher Museum presents Barkley L. Hendricks: Works from the Collection, at the entrance to Wilson Pavillion, as part of  The Collection Galleries. American artist Barkley L. Hendricks was a great friend of the Nasher Museum. The landmark exhibition Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool, the… MORE

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Miserere et Guerre

All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush


The Real and the Imagined: Selections from the Photography Collection

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

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

Selections from the Photography Collection

Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes

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

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

Richard Mosse: The Enclave

The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light

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