Hong Lei, Speak, Memory of Butterflies (detail), 2005. Chromogenic print, 37 1/8 x 47 1/8 inches (94.3 x 119.7 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Museum purchase. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
Art is a powerful tool for people with dementia because the art is right in front of them, in the moment. A successful conversation does not require remembering or calling up past knowledge. Instead, visitors simply relate to the art they see. The Nasher Museum’s collection includes several works of art related to memory. Memory can be a powerful subject in contemporary art.
Hong Lei, Speak, Memory of Butterflies, 2005.Chromogenic print, 37 1/8 x 47 1/8 inches (94.3 x 119.7 cm). Museum purchase.
Pedro Lasch, Desplazamiento de la memoria (Memory Shift) from the Black Mirror Series, 2008.Cibachrome print, Image: 50 1/8 x 24 7/8 x 1/4 inches (127.3 x 63.2 x 0.6 cm). Anonymous gift in memory of Anne Schroder.
Susan Harbage Page, Involuntary Memory III, Provence, France, 2002.Sepia-toned gelatin silver print from Polaroid 655 negative, Frame: 17 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches (44.5 x 47.6 cm)Sight: 10 x 12 inches (25.4 x 30.5 cm). Gift of Emily Kass and Charles Weinraub.