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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

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Nasher Museum Director Trevor Schoonmaker, on Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes podcast

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.


Museums Depart from the Obvious

Read this review by New York Times art critic Holland Cotter about the original exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey curated by the Nasher Museum's Trevor Schoonmaker (chief curator at the time) in 2013.


Wet Paint Pop Quiz Sweepstakes Extravaganza

Read about Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen‘s Corridor Pin, Blue, featured in artnetnews, in a recent Art World Pop Quiz. This monumental sculpture is on loan from the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Collection.


Haiku in the Rain

Five haiku poets of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective gathered in the Nasher Museum Sculpture Garden and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the global protest movement against police brutality toward Black and brown lives.


Reimagine Medicine: Virtual Classroom at the Nasher

In the two-dimensional realm of a Zoom video classroom, something lovely happened last week. Thirty Duke students nodded their heads and leaned closer; their hands fluttered, their smiles widened. They connected with each other despite the computer screens separating them during a virtual visit to the Nasher Museum by the Reimagine Medicine fellowship at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.


Art Activity: Hard & Soft Sculptures

Get creative at home with this project inspired by a work of art in the museum’s collection, Malcolm X #5 by Barbara Chase-Riboud.


In the artist’s own words: Ebony G. Patterson

Ebony Patterson speaks about her exhibition Ebony G. Patterson ...while the dew is still on the roses...
Virtual for now. We look forward to opening to visitors again when it is safe.


NorthStar Church of the Arts: Downtown Durham Mural Project with Black Artists

NorthStar Church of the Arts commissioned black artists to paint beautiful and impactful murals on plywood that temporarily covered storefronts in downtown Durham.


Light in the Attic

Welcome to our favorite gems from the Nasher Museum’s archives! Here are special videos, articles and podcast episodes featuring artists who have visited the museum and whose work is part of our collection.


Trevor Schoonmaker Named Director of Nasher Museum

"A true visionary, Trevor embodies that rare combination of gifts: a brilliant mind, the ability to prioritize and focus and a propensity for unique ideas that are not only home runs, but are possible to execute leveraging the many talents of the Nasher staff."

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