Learning at the Museum
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is an interdisciplinary nexus and laboratory where students and scholars can investigate, explore and test knowledge. Confronted with a different kind of source material—objects and images rather than text—viewers are challenged to consider concepts and issues in a new way.
Visual literacy is an increasingly important skill and an essential component of a 21st-century education. By providing the necessary tools and experiences to critically consider visual culture we empower students and scholars to search out their own answers. We encourage you to explore the tabs above and the activities listed below for ideas. For more about visual literacy, explore “How Do You Look?”
The museum’s academic program staff work one on one with faculty to design tours of exhibitions and collections in storage, lesson plans, assignments and installations that complement courses. To discuss the possibilities for your classes or research, contact Julia K. McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-684-5203 or Ellen C. Raimond, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Academic Initiatives, at email@example.com or 919-684-8067.
To schedule a class visit to the Nasher Museum, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred visit date and time.
Incubator Gallery: A Place for Learning
More than 80 visitors gathered to hear a gallery talk by Duke undergraduate students on the exhibition they co-curated, Cultures of the Sea: Art of the Ancient Americas, in the Incubator Gallery. They organized the exhibition through a Curatorial Practicum class taught at the Nasher Museum by Julia McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives.
Located within The Collection Galleries the Incubator Gallery will often be used for student- and faculty-curated exhibitions. Shows in this gallery will be installed for approximately two to three months at a time. Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis, but keep in mind that organizing an exhibition may take one year or longer and scheduling is dependent on the availability of the gallery.
Please contact Julia K. McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives, at email@example.com as soon as you have a potential idea for an exhibition.
The Nasher Museum operates two teaching spaces within the museum: the University Classroom (Nasher Seminar 119) and the Lecture Hall. These spaces have maximum capacities of 30 persons and 189 persons, respectively. While each room has technical capacities, such as projection, technical support is very limited and may incur associated fees.
For single-use reservations or for more information about classrooms, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that inquiries should be made in at least six weeks in advance.
For semester-long inquiries, please contact the University Registrar.
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