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Seven Duke undergraduate students co-curated the exhibition 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.
For ancient cultures on the Central and South American coasts, the ocean was both a source of livelihood and a way of life: It provided food, precious materials and divine inspiration in regions with often-severe environmental conditions. Cultures of the Sea: Art of the Ancient Americas brings together works of art from 100 BCE to the present that illustrate how the ocean shaped the cultural legacies of these civilizations. This exhibition features ceramics, textiles and carvings, many on view for the first time, from the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection.
This exhibition is accessible in person by appointment only to Duke faculty, classes and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. If interested in making an appointment, please fill out the class visit request form for the Spring 2021 semester.
Incubator Exhibition Proposals
Proposals for exhibitions in the Incubator Gallery 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you have a potential idea for an exhibition.