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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19. It’s an ecological health crisis of epic proportion—an international disaster. And yet we have indisputable evidence that people of color have been disproportionately impacted. The death tolls in these communities are staggering. This fact affords the nation an unprecedented opportunity to address the impact of social and economic inequality in real-time. Denial does not solve a problem.

Artist Carrie Mae Weems speaking about her RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! project coming to Duke this fall.


Upcoming Outdoor Exhibition



The Nasher Museum is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present an unprecedented outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems. RESIST COVID / TAKE SIX! emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color. This powerful art initiative will take shape on the exterior walls and windows of the Nasher Museum and Rubenstein Arts Center in late September 2020.

Cultures of the Sea:
The Nasher's First-Ever Virtual Tour
Art of the Ancient Americas Virtual Exhibition

Cultures of the Sea:
The Nasher's First-Ever Virtual Tour

We invite you to visit our first-ever interactive virtual tour, Cultures of the Sea: Art of the Ancient Americas. Travel through the gallery, zoom in on ancient ceramics, textiles and carvings–and listen to the audio tour by student co-curators from Duke's Class of 2020. Our tour was created in partnership with Duke's Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture and made possible by Mark Olson, assistant professor of the practice of Visual & Media Studies at Duke.

Art Research Continues

Open by Appointment to Duke Faculty, Classes and Students

The Nasher Museum is open by appointment to Duke faculty, classes and students during Fall 2020. To request an appointment, fill out the class request form on the Duke Community page.


The Modern Art Notes Podcast featuring Museum Director Trevor Schoonmaker

Nasher Museum Director Trevor Schoonmaker talks with Tyler Green on the Modern Art Notes podcast about the role of museums.

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The health and safety of our community is our top priority. In accordance with Duke University, the museum is closed to visitors until further notice. The café and store are closed. Find updates and the latest information on Duke’s Coronavirus Response website.