A Thematic Installation of Art Inspired by the Book State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
For a second year, the Nasher Museum of Art collaborated with Duke’s Office of New Student Programs to present an art installation accompanying the incoming freshmen summer reading book. The selection, State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (2011), is a novel that follows an American pharmacologist as she seeks out her former mentor developing a fertility drug in the heart of the Amazon. Over 40works of art from the Nasher’s permanent collection, ranging from Ancient American ceramics to contemporary Chinese photography, explored themes such as maternity, bioethics, biodiversity, and post-colonialism.
The video below details the State of Wonder exhibition featuring Molly Boarati, the Nasher Museum’s Academic Program Coordinator, and was produced by Duke’s Office of News and Communications.