In 2015, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presented Nasher10, an exciting year to celebrate our first decade and beyond. In our first major renovation since 2005, The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light emphasized pride in the depth of our collection. Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection highlights some of the most significant works from our contemporary collection. The museum also commissioned two large wall murals by abstract painter Odili Donald Odita─one inside the museum and one in downtown Durham. His wall painting inside the Nasher Museum’s Mary D.B.T. Semans Great Hall, entitled Shadow and Light (For Julian Francis Abele), is inspired by the African-American architect who designed most of Duke’s campus. His wall painting on the Foster Street wall of the Downtown Durham YMCA, 218 W. Morgan Street, entitled Time Bridge, is inspired by the people of Durham. The two murals visually symbolize the Nasher Museum’s commitment to the community. Nasher10 celebrated the museum as a place that welcomes and inspires the people who live, work and study here.
ABOVE: Artist Odili Donald Odita stands in front of his new mural in the Nasher Museum’s Mary D.B.T. Semans Great Hall, entitled Shadow and Light (For Julian Francis Abele).