To honor the Nasher's first decade in Durham, the museum is presenting new galleries and murals, both in the museum and the community. Collectively known as Nasher10: Celebrating a Decade, these exhibits provide a year-long experience art lovers won't want to miss.
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has brought world-class art to Durham for a decade. The Nasher opened in its current, Rafael Viñoly-designed building in 2005. Prior to that, the Nasher was known as the Duke University Museum of Art since its founding in 1969. The name change reflected not only Duke's emphasis on the arts, but an effort to extend the Nasher's reach into the Durham community and beyond.
Since 2005, the Nasher has done just that. In addition to the museum's notable collection of contemporary art, with a special focus on work by artists of African descent, visitors can find medieval, classical, and American art, as well as collections from various ages and cultures. Traveling exhibits feature historic works, including recent Archibald Motley, Miró, and El Greco exhibits.
Abstract painter Odil Donald Odita added two colorful new murals to Durham's collection for Nasher10. The first is located inside of the Nasher and the second mural covers the Foster Street side of the Downtown Durham YMCA. These pieces, Shadow and Light and Time Bridge, were inspired by Julian Abele, the African-American architect who designed much of Duke University's campus and the city of Durham.
Entitled The New Galleries: A Collection Come to Light, the new exhibit displays pieces from the Nasher's permanent collection. The works span eight different chronological periods and geographical areas, with a galleries dedicated to art from the United States, Europe, Mesoamerica, Africa, and the modern, ancient, and medieval periods. There is also an incubator space for rotating exhibitions. This collection will be on display until September 2016.
Until July 2016, the Nasher will host an exhibition called Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection, which includes some of its most significant contemporary works by more than 30 global artists of African descent. The exhibit explores social issues like race, gender, class, immigration, and globalization using several different art mediums.
View the Nasher's list of current and forthcoming exhibitions for more information on the museum's offerings. Also be sure to keep an eye on the Nasher's event calendar to find out about upcoming opportunities.
Photos by J Caldwell for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
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