Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
MamaRay is a triumphant goddess figure, a protective guardian who will further connect our building to the surrounding green landscape and the sky above our glass-and-steel roof.Trevor Schoonmaker, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum
”My work is to understand how we can all co-exist on this planet. So when I'm creating I find tranquility with my surroundings and within myself.” — Artist Wangechi Mutu
A monumental bronze sculpture by Wangechi Mutu has arrived! MamaRay is part human, part manta ray and part supernatural creature.
“As a Native student here at Duke, I think it's really important to be able to see yourself in the collections.” — Emma Keaton, member of the Cherokee Nation and curatorial intern at the Nasher Museum who is completing Duke's concentration in Museum Theory & Practice.
Watch The Art Minute.
“I’m praying that our humanity will have expanded in such greatness that we will actually hold hands. Hope springs eternal.”— anonymous respondent to Your Stories Matter, in May 2021
We invite visitors to respond to Your Stories Still Matter, a collaborative public narrative response project in partnership with Duke’s Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Nasher Duke Summer 2022 Internship is a special opportunity for Duke juniors and seniors who study art, art history or related disciplines–and also speak Italian.
The Nasher Museum Café offers in-person dining and also curbside pickup for to-go orders. Call 919-684-6032. Café hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 3 PM. Find out more about new safety protocols at the café.
Museum reopened to the public on September 9 with new health and safety protocols, free admission for all and a contemporary exhibition featuring works of art that are new to the collection.