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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

I salute the Nasher on its epistemological journey into chartered and uncharted art territories...

Satch Hoyt, artist based in Berlin
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Reissue of Catalogue

Nasher Publications

We are very excited about the hardcover reissue of Barkley Hendricks: Birth of the Cool.

Purchase the new hardcopy reissue of the exhibition catalogue.

Exhibition Opening Event

Solidary & Solitary Opening: Haiku in the Gallery

February 22 at 7 PM

Join us in the gallery with five haiku poets of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, who will read from the new book of haiku poetry they co-authored, One Window’s Light (2017, Unicorn Press), and read their haiku poetry composed in response to works of art in the Solidary & Solitary exhibition.

Ongoing Conversation

Ongoing Conversation

This video documents a lively and critical conversation, “Collecting and Presenting Work by Artists of African Descent,” hosted by the Nasher Museum on February 11, 2016.


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Art, Activism, Race and the Law

Art, Activism, Race and the Law

Listen to a podcast episode about the cross-disciplinary panel hosted by the Nasher Museum and inspired by themes in the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush. Panelists discuss the complex dynamics of race and the law, public policy, the justice system and art activism.


Spectacle 2018

April 20 at 7:30 – 11 PM

This is not your typical Gala. No black tie. No sit-down dinner. No polite applause. Live music: Nick Sanborn (Made of Oak/Sylvan Esso). Heavy hors d’oeuvres. Host Bar. Complimentary Valet Parking.



March 7 – 10 at 10 AM – 5 PM
The Nasher Museum presents PARLIAMENT at Duke: A Pioneering Work of Situational Choreography, by Michael Kliën of Duke’s Dance Program.

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Reflections: Alzheimer’s Program

Between July 2014 and July 2017, 1,336 individuals with dementia and their care partners toured the Nasher Museum with the Reflections Program. Find out more about this remarkable Nasher Museum program.


Abstract Expressionism

Teen Meetup on February 22 at 7 PM
All area teens are invited to discuss critical contributions to abstract art by artists of African descent within the exhibition Solidary & Solitary. Explore abstraction during a painting workshop led by Durham artist Candy Carver.

Archibald Motley, Hot Rhythm

Archibald Motley, Hot Rhythm

The gift of an important painting by American modernist Archibald Motley has bolstered the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection. The gift is from two of the artist’s heirs, Dr. Mara Motley and Valerie Gerrard Browne, in honor of Richard J. Powell, Duke’s John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, and C.T. Woods-Powell.