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In this episode of the Nasher Museum Podcast, you’re listening to Ashleigh Smith, Duke Class of 2020, who majored in art history with a Concentration in Museum Theory & Practice.

She talks about her senior honors thesis on contemporary black women’s self-portraiture and her multimedia online project at the Nasher Museum, Dreams of Defiance: Back Feminist Fantasy and the Direct Gaze.

“I feel so grateful to have started my art historical education at Duke with the Nasher, given how diverse the collection is. The very first time I came to the Nasher as a high school student, I got the chance to see an exhibition that focused pretty heavily on contemporary African American art, and it was the first time that I had ever seen an exhibition dedicated to such subject matter. I was taken aback.”  –Ashleigh Smith, Duke Class of 2020.


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