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Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Nasher Museum has changed the way I experience visual art. I truly mean that. ... The size and layout of the Nasher, the work being shown, and the curation of the exhibitions has lead me to experience visual art more like music – something I return to again and again.

Henry Sappenfield, former Nasher Friends Board President
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Nasher Reads

Frances Mayes: Reading and Talk

North Carolina author Frances Mayes will give a reading and a talk from her newest book, "Women in Sunlight," the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives.

April 3, 2018 | 11 AM12 PM
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Directors Series

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), will give a talk about “Miami’s Art Museum, the Pérez Art Museum Miami.” Also at 5:30 PM enjoy live music from the Art of Cool All-Star Band, led by Al Strong.

March 29, 2018 | 7 PM8:30 PM
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Prospect.4 Audio Postcard

Prospect.4 Audio Postcard

This audio postcard offers vignettes and bits of sound from Prospect.4, the fourth iteration of a citywide triennial in New Orleans, Louisiana. We hope you take a moment to hear from some of the artists, recorded during the opening weekend, November 14-16, 2017, and also during the closing weekend, February 23-25, 2018.


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Art, Activism, Race and the Law

Art, Activism, Race and the Law

Listen to a podcast episode about the cross-disciplinary panel hosted by the Nasher Museum and inspired by themes in the exhibition Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush. Panelists discuss the complex dynamics of race and the law, public policy, the justice system and art activism.


Spectacle 2018

This is not your typical Gala. No black tie. No sit-down dinner. No polite applause. Live music. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. Host Bar. Complimentary Valet Parking.

April 20, 2018 | 7:30 PM11 PM
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Mark Bradford, A Private Stranger Thinking about His Needs

Mark Bradford's monumental sculpture, A Private Stranger Thinking about His Needs, is on view as part of Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, now through July 15, 2018.

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Nasher Publications

Reissue of Catalogue

We are very excited about the hardcover reissue of Barkley Hendricks: Birth of the Cool. Purchase the new hardcopy reissue of the exhibition catalogue.


Career Design

In April, join local artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to discuss how your passion can become your career through marketing, branding, and collaboration.

April 12, 2018 | 5 PM7 PM
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Archibald Motley, Hot Rhythm

Archibald Motley, Hot Rhythm

The gift of an important painting by American modernist Archibald Motley has bolstered the Nasher Museum’s permanent collection. The gift is from two of the artist’s heirs, Dr. Mara Motley and Valerie Gerrard Browne, in honor of Richard J. Powell, Duke’s John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, and C.T. Woods-Powell.