Academic Focus Gallery


Faculty can work with the Nasher Museum’s academic program staff to design installations in the museum’s Academic Focus Gallery relevant to their upcoming courses. The gallery is located on the main floor near the University Classroom. Past departments utilizing the Academic Focus Gallery include: Classical Studies; Cultural Anthropology; Romance Studies; Eurasian Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies. The Academic Focus Gallery is a gift of Susan and Trent Carmichael and the Morrow Family.

For more information about using the Academic Focus Gallery, contact Erin Hanas, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 919-684-8067 or

The Academic Focus Gallery is a gift of Susan and Trent Carmichael and the Morrow Family.


Dissolving the Iron Curtain: Russian Artists in Dialogue with Modernism

January 10 – March 29, 2015

This installation was organized by Professor Pamela Kachurin’s fall 2014 class, “Soviet Art after Stalin.” Highlighting works by Russian artists both in the Soviet Union and abroad, Soviet and post-Soviet, this exhibition seeks to convey the impact Russian Modernism had on the revival of art after the death of Josef Stalin in 1953, and the impact it continues to have to this day.

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Seeing Color: Art, Vision, and the Brain

Exhibition in the Nasher Academic Focus Gallery
April 13 – July 5, 2015

Bringing together works of art that explore and exploit the neural mechanisms of the brain, this exhibition investigates the intersection between art and neuroscience, with an emphasis on color and luminance. Some works will ask you to confront the instability of visual perception. Others will challenge you to accept colors not physically present. Do you trust what you see?

Symposium: Monday, April 13, 2015 – 9 AM to 6 PM  Join scientists and artists in an exploration of color, brightness, visual perception and the intersection of neuroscience and art. This symposium is a collaboration between the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Bass Connections: Brain & Society, and the Nasher Museum of Art.

The event is free and open to the public and ends at 5 PM with a reception to follow. Registration is required at



For more information about using the Academic Focus Gallery, contact Erin Hanas, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 919-684-8067 or