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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

MamaRay by Wangechi Mutu

”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.


The Art Minute: Emma Keaton

“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.

Your Stories Still Matter

Your Stories Still Matter

“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.

Learn more.


Guest Curator Asmaa Walton

“Books can kind of give people that first spark. It can kind of pull you in.” — Asmaa Walton, Detroit native, arts educator and ardent developer of the Black cultural archive
See Asmaa Walton's book recommendations.


Nasher Offers Summer 2022 Internship in Venice

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.


Annual Rothschild Lecture: Renee Cox

“I will be speaking about my series the Discreet Charm of the Bougies, an ongoing body of work that addresses issues around fashion, aging, mental health and joy.” — Renee Cox, photographer, lecturer, political activist and curator
Watch the video.

Nasher Museum Café

Join us to Dine!

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.

Welcome Back!
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Welcome Back!

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.

The Nasher Museum is open to the public with new health and safety protocols and free admission for all. We strongly encourage all individuals to be fully vaccinated before visiting the Nasher. Find updates and the latest information on Duke’s Coronavirus Response website.