New at the Nasher showcased works of art that had been acquired or received on extended loan and reflected the philosophy behind building the Nasher Museum’s contemporary collection. The two-part exhibition opened with works by Christian Boltanski, Olafur Eliasson, David Hammons, Barkley Hendricks, Paul Pfeiffer, Kara Walker and Eve Sussman, among others. A second installation in the same gallery space featured works by William Cordova, Dario Escobar, Hong Lei, Sol Lewitt and Ed Ruscha. The exhibition included a variety of media—painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation by more than 25 artists. Until New at the Nasher, this work had not been readily accessible to audiences in the Triangle region.
New at the Nasher revealed the beginnings of a collection that will grow with meaningful works that address important issues–and should stand the test of time. The museum’s collection strategy is to focus on contemporary works that are both artistically significant and educationally rich, by leading-edge, global artists. Often, the newly acquired works reflect relationships that the museum has built with artists through exhibitions.
IMAGE: Olafur Eliasson, The uncertain museum,(detail) 2004. Steel, painted wooden floor, wire, motors, glass/mirror disks, spotlight, projection foil. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Fund for Acquisitions, with funds given by E. Blake Byrne, Monica M. and Richard D. Segal, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill, and William and Ruth True. Photo by J Caldwell.