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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Nasher Museum has changed the way I experience visual art. I truly mean that. ... The size and layout of the Nasher, the work being shown, and the curation of the exhibitions has lead me to experience visual art more like music – something I return to again and again.

Henry Sappenfield, former Nasher Friends Board President
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Sketching in the Galleries: Martha Clippinger

Durham artist Martha Clippinger will share a brief sketching demonstration–and then you can try it out in the galleries.

April 21, 2018 | 10:15 AM12:15 PM
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Mark Bradford, A Private Stranger Thinking about His Needs

Mark Bradford's monumental sculpture, A Private Stranger Thinking about His Needs, is on view as part of Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, now through July 15, 2018.

Prospect.4 Audio Postcard

Prospect.4 Audio Postcard

This audio postcard offers vignettes and bits of sound from Prospect.4, the fourth iteration of a citywide triennial in New Orleans, Louisiana. We hope you take a moment to hear from some of the artists, recorded during the opening weekend, November 14-16, 2017, and also during the closing weekend, February 23-25, 2018.

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Art, Activism, Race and the Law

Art, Activism, Race and the Law

Listen to a podcast episode about the cross-disciplinary panel hosted by the Nasher Museum and inspired by themes in the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush. Panelists discuss the complex dynamics of race and the law, public policy, the justice system and art activism.

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Nasher Publications

Reissue of Catalogue

We are very excited about the hardcover reissue of Barkley Hendricks: Birth of the Cool. Purchase the new hardcopy reissue of the exhibition catalogue.


Nasher Teens: Exhibition Opening at Durham Arts Council

Join us for the public opening event for a new exhibition, Through Eyes of My Own, curated by the Nasher Teen Council at the Durham Arts Council’s Allenton Gallery, 120 Morris Street, Durham.

May 25, 2018 | 6 PM8 PM
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Archibald Motley, "Hot Rhythm"

Archibald Motley, "Hot Rhythm"

The gift of an important painting by American modernist Archibald Motley has bolstered the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection. The gift is from two of the artist’s heirs, Dr. Mara Motley and Valerie Gerrard Browne, in honor of Richard J. Powell, Duke’s John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, and C.T. Woods-Powell.