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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

I am writing in these times because words, signs and art such as poetry are important ways to raise our voices against injustice. Social art is a response and it’s a call to action, but most importantly it is to provoke change. … And I’m compelled to write in these times of unrest, because poetry is political, and because darkness and dark times need light.

Crystal Simone Smith, Duke Humanities Unbounded Fellow and member of the North Carolina Haiku Society

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.

Black Lives Matter

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.



See photos and a video from 2017, when Duke Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz and SLIPPAGE explored Kara Walker's work with shadowplay, dance and image subtraction technology.


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.


We Miss You, ADF!

See photos and a video from 2013, when American Dance Festival and the Nasher co-presented “This Land Is Your Land” by Seattle choreographer and distinguished ADF faculty member Mark Haim.


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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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.