Nasher Museum of Art


The Nasher Museum of Art is the art museum of Duke University, and is located on Duke's campus in Durham, North Carolina, USA. The $24 million museum was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and opened on October 2, 2005. The first year after opening drew almost 100,000 visitors. The museum, named for Raymond Nasher, and directed by Kimerly Rorschach, contains more than 13,000 works of art in its collection, including works by Christian Boltanski, William Cordova, Petah Coyne, Noah Davis, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Sam Durant, Olafur Eliasson, Darí­o Escobar, Francois Gerard, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Sean Landers, Hong Lei, David Levinthal, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Dan Perjovschi, Paul Pfeiffer, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto, Ed Ruscha, John Singer Sargent, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Jeff Sonhouse, Eve Sussman, Alma Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson and Lynette Yiadom Boakye. The museum is dedicated to presenting under-recognized contemporary art from around the world as seen in the exhibition Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode, as well as the first career retrospectives of Barkley L. Hendricks and Dan and Lia Perjovschi. In the 1940s, Duke turned down the bequest of art collector William Hayes Ackland to build an art museum on campus; his donation went instead to the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for its Ackland Art Museum.

Selected exhibitions
The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl September 2, 2010 ”“ February 6, 2011 This is the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Bringing together forty-one artists from around the world who have worked with records as their subject or medium, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the record’s transformative power in the years from the 1960s to the present. Through sound work, sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, video, and performance, The Record combines contemporary art with outsider art, audio with visual, fine art with popular culture, and established artists with those exhibiting in a U.S. museum for the first time. The 41 artists in the exhibition include Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Janet Cardiff, William Cordova, Jeroen Diepenmaat, Jasper Johns, Jack Goldstein, Taiyo Kimura, Ralph Lemon, Christian Marclay, Mingering Mike, Dave Muller, Vik Muniz, 9th Wonder, DJ Rekha, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto, Ed Ruscha, Malick Sidibe, Xaviera Simmons, Su-Mei Tse, and Carrie Mae Weems. The exhibition is curated by Trevor Schoonmaker. Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool February 7, 2008 ”“ July 13, 2008 This exhibit is the first career painting retrospective of renowned American artist Barkley L. Hendricks. Born in 1945 in Philadelphia, Hendricks' unique work resides at the nexus of American realism and post-modernism, a space somewhere between portraitists Chuck Close and Alex Katz and pioneering black conceptualists David Hammons and Adrian Piper. He is best known for his stunning, life-sized portraits of people of color from the urban northeast. Cool, empowering and sometimes confrontational, Hendricks' artistic privileging of a culturally complex black body has paved the way for today's younger generation of artists who are deeply indebted to him. This exhibition of Hendricks' paintings includes work from 1964 to the present. The exhibition will travel to the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Santa Monica Museum (Los Angeles,)the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. There is a definitive full-color exhibition catalogue with over 160 reproductions, edited by the Nasher Museum's curator of contemporary art Trevor Schoonmaker. El Greco to Velazquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III August 21, 2008 ”“ November 9, 2008 The Nasher Museum collaborated with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to present this groundbreaking exhibition ”“ the first in the US to focus on Spanish art of the period between 1598 and 1621. The show examines a fascinating period bookended by the two giants of Spanish painting: the late works of El Greco and the early paintings of Velázquez. The exhibition is the culmination of 20 years of research by Sarah Schroth, the Nasher Museum's senior curator. This exhibition includes some 120 paintings, sculptures and decorative art pieces, representing 20 artists. The masters will be seen in context with lesser-known artists working during this time in Spain. The show will bring together works of art from museums around the world, some of which rarely travel outside of their countries, creating a unique opportunity for American audiences. Key loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museo del Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and the National Gallery of Art, among other institutions and private lenders, were secured.

Duke University campus Nasher Museum of Art Use Art museum Style Modern Erected 2005 Location 2001 Campus Drive Central Campus Namesake Raymond Nasher Architect Rafael Viñoly Cost $24 million Website Nasher Museum

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