In its first five years, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University focused on modern and contemporary art with a particular emphasis on global, emerging artists of color. Building the Contemporary Collection, in celebration of the museum’s fifth anniversary, presented the most important contemporary works acquired since its founding in 2005.
The exhibition featured work by 42 artists, including Christian Boltanski, William Cordova, Noah Davis, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Wyatt Gallery, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Odili Donald Odita, Dan Perjovschi, Dario Robleto, David Salle, Carolee Schneemann, Gary Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Jeff Sonhouse, Eve Sussman, Alma Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker, Jeff Whetstone, Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others. The exhibition reflected the museum’s interest in the art and culture of the African diaspora, and includes works in a variety of media–painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation. It was curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art.
IMAGE: Glenn Ligon, Warm Broad Glow, 2005. Neon and paint; 4 x 48 inches. Promised Gift of Blake Byrne, T’57, in honor of Raymond D. Nasher, L.4.2007.22. Image courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Glenn Ligon.