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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

We are drawn to Carrie Mae Weems’ work because she illustrates how public art can help communities process the complex social challenges posed by COVID-19. ... We believe art can call attention to the interconnectedness of our collective histories and inspire us to work together towards a healthier and more equitable future.

Alyah Baker, Amanda Edwards and Courtney Liu, MFA candidates at Duke

Spring Drop-In Hours for Duke Community

The Nasher Museum welcomes Duke students, faculty and staff to enjoy self-guided visits for viewing exhibitions and art on view. Drop-in visits will be every Thursday, Noon to 3 PM, February 25 through April 29, 2021 (unless circumstances change). Learn More


N.C. Dancers Respond to RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!

Alyah Baker, Amanda Edwards and Courtney Liu, MFA candidates at Duke, are one of 12 North Carolina artists selected by the American Dance Festival to present work in front of several installations of this outdoor exhibition created by artist Carrie Mae Weems. Watch the video.
See the videos of dance artists in this series.


Richard Powell on Where Black Art Goes from Here

Recently, Nasher Museum Director Trevor Schoonmaker met with Richard Powell to talk about how the new HBO documentary “Black Art: In the Absence of Light” could be a jumping-off point for more amazing stories about Black art. As author, curator, art historian and professor, Powell has dedicated his career to rewriting the cannon to include Black artists who have long been excluded and overlooked by the mainstream art world. Read More

Artist Talk

Artist Carrie Mae Weems with Author Mark Anthony Neal

Wednesday, March 17 from 3–4 PM
Artist Carrie Mae Weems and James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies, Mark Anthony Neal will discuss how art can function as a public awareness campaign during a pandemic by countering misperceptions about the COVID-19 virus, celebrating front line workers and raising issues of public health and racial inequities.

Reading Black Art
A Resource on Black Artists, Art History & Visual Culture

Reading Black Art

We invite visitors to explore Reading Black Art, a new online bibliography of scholarly resources on art, art history and visual culture of the African Diaspora. Learn about why this bibliography for anti-racism was created.


Black Renaissance

Several works in the Nasher Museum’s collection were featured in “Black Renaissance,” a collaboration between Google Arts & Culture and YouTube. Watch the video. Explore the Nasher Museum on Google Arts & Culture.


Call for Submissions to Cardboard City V: “V” is for Virtual

The Nasher Museum is thrilled to present our fifth Annual Cardboard City family event—virtually this year. Get crafty and creative, at home, with all those boxes and recyclable materials that have been piling up! What places do you miss visiting the most? Make a monument to them and submit your photos. Submit photos here and soon you will see them featured on this page.

Diversity Internships

Diversity Internships

The Nasher Museum invites college students to apply for two paid internship positions. Students will work virtually to research and plan a future exhibition with the curatorial team — or help tell the museum’s story through print, web and social media.

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.