From the Director
Greetings! I am very pleased to introduce our new website, which informs you better than ever about our exciting exhibitions, artist visits and fun and interesting new programs for all ages, as well as many other features.
I am very proud and deeply honored to be the co-recipient of the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize in recognition of curatorial excellence for our upcoming exhibition Pop América, 1965 – 1975, the first to present a vision of Pop art on both American continents. This generous award comes at a critical time for this ambitious undertaking by the Nasher, a small university art museum that seeks to transform curatorial research by forward-looking faculty into groundbreaking exhibitions.
The headliner for the spring of 2018 is Solidary & Solitary: Joyner/Giuffrida Collection. Curators Katy Siegel, chair in Modern Art at Stony Brook University and Chris Bedford, the new director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, were also co-curators of the U.S. Pavilion devoted to Mark Bradford in the 2017 Venice Biennale. A unique and highly respected collection, it illustrates the history of art by artists of African descent from the 1940s to the present, with a special emphasis on black abstraction. Pamela has published a weighty catalogue of her collection, lauded on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times, and covered by other national press.
Our other major spring exhibition has also earned kudos in the press: John Akomfrah: Precarity, a three-channel video installation about the mythological jazz figure Buddy Bolden in New Orleans. Thanks to the generosity of Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger, the Nasher Museum co-commissioned this new work by acclaimed British filmmaker John Akomfrah, who was the 2017 winner of the UK’s Artes Mundi Prize. The artist filmed Precarity on location in New Orleans, where it is featured in Prospect.4.
As a teaching institution, the Nasher is honored to present a special student project, Courtside: Photographs by Bill Bamberger. Four Duke undergraduate students co-curated this exhibition through a Curatorial Practicum class taught at the Nasher Museum by Assistant Curator Molly Boarati. Their terrific efforts will soon be on view in the Incubator, part of The Collection Galleries.
On February 3rd we celebrated the opening of the Rubenstein Art Center, a.k.a. “the Ruby,” a spectacular new building across from the Nasher Museum on Campus Drive. We look forward to many programmatic partnerships with the Ruby that involve music, dance, artist residencies and student projects.
Consider signing up for PARLIAMENT at Duke, an amazing performance art piece created by Michael Kliën, associate professor of the practice of dance in Duke’s Dance Program. About 100 participants will gather in an empty gallery at the Nasher every day for four days, six to 10 hours per day. PARLIAMENT involves such simple rules as no talking, no electronic devices, no reading material, all day long. Kliën has presented versions of PARLIAMENT in Amsterdam, Greece, Brussels, London and New York. To find out more, please contact Hannah Bondurant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and travel with the Nasher! Among the listing of programs on this website, you will find photos from Director’s Circle trips, including our whirlwind journey to New Orleans last fall for the grand opening of Prospect.4, the citywide exhibition organized by Chief Curator Trevor Schoonmaker, three years in the making. Also last fall, an adventurous group from our new Director’s Circle toured major art sites in contemporary and Baroque Rome. We are busy planning exclusive access trips to New York and New England area sculpture parks and gardens (October 2018) and also a specially designed trip to Spain (May 2019).
For those of you reading this note from far away, I invite you to explore this new website, which we have relaunched after a year of planning and design. Browse our collections, listen to the voices of important artists, plan your visit, explore the calendar of events, and read about new research from our curators.
The new site makes it easier than ever to help the Nasher Museum! As always, we appreciate your support and could not do it without you. I look forward to seeing all of you at the museum this spring and summer. Please remember that the Nasher is your museum. With your support, the Nasher Museum truly shines through exhibitions, programs, research, publications and experiences that elevate our quality of life.