@NasherMuseum no. 235 / The Language of Light
Live Performances: reVERSE-gesture-reVIEWed
Three shows: Thursday, January 26, 7 PM, and Friday, January 27, 2 and 7 PM
In this unique performance, Thomas F. DeFrantz and SLIPPAGE respond to an installation of Kara Walker’s prints at the Nasher Museum. SLIPPAGE will reverse and review the potent imagery that Walker has created in her series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), part of the museum's collection. How can the physical gestures of dance expand the ways we might look at these visual works of art? How can dance open up interpretation and suggest even more revisionist histories of the African American presence in the visual archive of the Civil War? The performance will begin in the Incubator Gallery and migrate to a nearby empty gallery space.

SLIPPAGE is directed by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor and Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke. The performance will include collaborations by eto otitigbe, Shireen Dickson and Brittany Williams. These perfromances are free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk
Gallery Talk with Margaret Humphreys on Kara Walker
Thursday, February 2, 6 PM
Meet Margaret Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor of the History of Medicine in Duke’s School of Medicine, who will give a talk on her research, “Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War,” to complement the Kara Walker installation.

Upcoming Tours
Upcoming Tours
Thursday, January 26, 6 PM
Free Highlights Tour. Gallery guide Susana Burn will give a tour of Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated).

We offer tours most Thursdays at 6 PM (free) and most Sundays at 2 PM (free with admission).

Book Discussions: Strapless by Deborah Davis
Sunday, February 5, 3 PM and Wednesday, Feburary 8, 11 AM
Join museum staff for group discussions of Strapless by Deborah Davis, a story of art and celebrity that centers around the John Singer Sargent portrait of Virginie Gautreau, a New Orleans native who became a 19th-Century “it girl” of Paris. The conversation will take place in The Collection Galleries and include a discussion of the portrait on view of Mrs. John Camfield Tomlinson, nee Dora Grant (1904), by John Singer Sargent.

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Banner image: Clarence John Laughlin, The Language of Light, 1952. Gelatin silver print, 10 1/4 × 13 3/4 inches (26 × 34.9 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum. Gift of Jane and Jim Finch, 2016.10.1. © The Clarence John Laughlin Archive at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Part of The Real and the Imagined: Selections from the Photography Collection. On view now.

DeFrantz photo by Brian Mullins.

Nasher Museum exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the late Mary D.B.T. Semans and James H. Semans, the late Frank E. Hanscom III, The Duke Endowment, the Nancy Hanks Endowment, the Courtney Shives Art Museum Fund, the James Hustead Semans Memorial Fund, the Janine and J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund, the Trent A. Carmichael Fund for Community Education, the Neely Family Fund, the E. T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Fund for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Marilyn M. Arthur Fund, the Sarah Schroth Fund, the George W. and Viola Mitchell Fearnside Endowment Fund, the Gibby and Michael B. Waitzkin Fund, the K. Brantley and Maxine E. Watson Endowment Fund, the Victor and Lenore Behar Endowment Fund, the Margaret Elizabeth Collett Fund, the Nasher Museum of Art General Endowment, the Friends of the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Duke University.

The Collection Galleries is made possible by Nasher Annual Fund donors with special support from Anita and John Schwarz.

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