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 become a key player in the international art world. One gallery pavilion, freshly reconfigured, will be a comprehensive and dynamic reinstallation of the museum’s vast collection. Comprised of eight galleries, each dedicated to a specific collection area, this presentation highlights many of the Nasher’s masterworks while illustrating a compelling history of human creativity. The Ancient World covers a broad geographical and chronological reach featuring works from ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Medieval Europe displays important architectural sculpture, devotional objects, and stained glass from the Romanesque and Gothic periods. European Art, c.1400-1900 illustrates cultural and aesthetic changes that occur from the Renaissance to the dawn of the modern period in a densely installed group of paintings and sculpture. American Art, 1800-1945 begins with portraiture from the early Republic, continues with Hudson River School painting, Ash Can School works, and concludes with examples of Regionalism. International Modernism features European and American works beginning in the early twentieth century with Russian modernism, Cubism, German Expressionism, as well as several post-war modern movements. Two galleries dedicated to non-Western cultures include Art of the Americas, presenting ceramics, metalwork, and textiles from Mesoamerica, and African Art, featuring many of the Nasher’s best masks, figural sculpture, and beadwork from the African continent. In addition, the galleries will include a flexible “curatorial incubator” space that will be frequently used for rotating student-curated exhibitions and inaugurated with a show of Ansel Adams photographs.
ABOVE: Maya, Cylinder vase, 600-900. Ceramic with polychrome, 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (18.4 x 14 x 14 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of William S. Judy, Jr., M.D.; 1986.3.1.