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Beyond the Surface: Collage, Mixed Media and Textile Works from the Collection

June 16, 2022 – February 19, 2023
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” Might Not Hold True For Much Longer (detail), 2013. Acrylic and transfers on paper, 64 × 82 7/8 inches (162.6 × 210.5 cm). Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Promised gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine (T’84, P’16, P’19, P’19); L.28.2013.1. © Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” Might Not Hold True For Much Longer (detail), 2013. Acrylic and transfers on paper, 64 × 82 7/8 inches (162.6 × 210.5 cm). Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Promised gift of Marjorie and Michael Levine (T’84, P’16, P’19, P’19); L.28.2013.1. © Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

This exhibition includes approximately 40 works, primarily from the Nasher Museum’s collection, with a focus on collage, mixed media and textile works. Beyond the Surface explores how artists bring together disparate materials and ideas to create artworks that engage with all audiences. Through skill and care, artists juxtapose unexpected elements and concepts in their work to tell many different stories.

Since opening in 2005, the Nasher Museum has been dedicated to building a groundbreaking collection of contemporary art centered on diversity and inclusion. The museum’s emphasis is on artists historically underrepresented, overlooked or excluded from art institutions, with a particular focus on artists of African descent. In this effort, the museum supports global artists of extraordinary vision, whose works spark opportunities for thoughtful engagement.

This exhibition is organized by Lauren Haynes, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.

Deborah Grant, In the Land of the Blind the Blue Eye Man is King from the series By the Skin of Our Teeth, 2007. Oil, archival ink, paper, Flashe paint, and enamel on five birch panels; 72 × 180 × 2 inches (182.9 × 457.2 × 5.1 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum. Museum purchase with additional funds provided by JoAnn and Ronald Busuttil. © Deborah Grant. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
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