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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

Coordinates: 35°59′56.63″N 78°55′44.59″W / 35.9990639°N 78.9290528°W / 35.9990639; -78.9290528 (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, 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, Eve Sussman, Hank Willis Thomas, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kehinde Wiley. 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.[1]

Selected exhibitions

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.

Picasso and the Allure of Language

August 20, 2009 – January 17, 2010

This exhibition includes approximately 80 works by Picasso from the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery and sculptures from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection.[2] The exhibition opened at Yale in January 2009 before traveling to the Nasher Museum in August. The exhibition, a presentation of a chronologically and thematically diverse group of objects, includes paintings, drawings, collages, prints, ceramics, sculpture and illustrated books. It will showcase major works, such as Picasso's monumental still life Dog and Cock (1921) and his wartime masterpiece, First Steps (1943), as well as lesser-known yet equally intriguing works that helped shaped our understanding of what the "modern" was throughout the last century. Many of the works by Picasso at Yale were once owned by major 20th-century figures and collectors, including Katherine Dreier, Gertrude Stein, John Hay Whitney, Katherine Ordway, and Stephen Carlton Clark, and this rich historical dimension is traced throughout the installation. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with contributions by a team of curators and scholars.

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