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Gallery for Experimenting

Located within The Collection Galleries the Incubator Gallery is often used for student- and faculty-curated exhibitions. Exhibitions in this 600-square-foot gallery are organized in collaboration with staff in the Nasher’s Academic Initiatives and Curatorial Departments and are installed for approximately three months at a time. Applications are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis and should include 1) a brief written proposal including the exhibition’s objectives, main themes, and connection to faculty’s research and/or teaching, 2) a checklist of desired artworks, and 3) a budget including potential outside funding sources. We prioritize proposals that utilize the collection of the Nasher Museum, that can serve as excellent teaching opportunities, and that we receive two years or more before the intended opening date. Please keep in mind that scheduling is dependent on the availability of the gallery.

Please contact Julia K. McHugh, Ph.D., Trent A. Carmichael Curator of Academic Initiatives, at to discuss an idea for an exhibition or to submit an application.

On view in the Incubator Gallery

Salvador Dalí The Mystery of Sleep
Salvador Dalí, The Mystery of Sleep (The Hermit) from the portfolio Visions Surrealiste, 1976. Lithograph on paper, artist’s proof, 29 3/8 x 21 1/4 inches (74.6 x 54 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Gift of Mr. Richard Goldstein, 1979.14.1.1. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society. Photo by Brian Quinby.

Act as if you are a curator: an AI-generated exhibition, on view through January 14, 2024.

With recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), now increasingly accessible to the world, our society is at another technological and ethical crossroads. Vast amounts of data can be synthesized into text and image generation and analytical interpretation, resulting in certain decision-making processes, once the exclusive domain of humans, now increasingly delegated to computers. This year the Nasher Museum embarked on an experiment to use AI to curate an exhibition from the museum’s collection. While museum professionals are far from relinquishing control of exhibition making and interpretation, this exercise is a powerful way to explore the applications of AI in the creative realm as related to curatorial authorship and expertise, the subjectivity of the selection process, and the future impact of technology on museums.

View all Past Exhibitions in the Incubator Gallery

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