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Nasher Museum of Art, Durham
(4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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. Annual attendance is about 100,000 visitors.The museum, named for Raymond Nasher, is currently led by Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director Sarah Schroth, former Nancy Hanks Senior Curator. The collection contains more than 13,000 works of art, including works by Ai Weiwei, Sanford Biggers, Christian Boltanski, William Cordova, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Darío Escobar, Deborah Grant, Hassan Hajjaj, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Thomas Hirschhorn, Taiyo Kimura, Sean Landers, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, Dan Perjovschi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Jeff Sonhouse, Eve Sussman, Alma Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson and Lynette Yiadom Boakye. The museum is dedicated to presenting contemporary art from around the world, with particular attention given to those who have been historically underrepresented. Founding director Kimerly Rorschach left for Seattle Art Museum in November 2012.
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  • The Nasher Museum currently has a compelling exhibit of southern art. It is beautifully curated and combines interesting video, photography, mixed media and paintings. I especially loved the music sec...  more »
  • I went to the exhibition concept in South America. It is always very clean and the Museum is very easy. As soon as it is possible to see every side
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  • Like others have said, the permanent collection is rather small. I was personally more impressed with the special exhibit "Southern Accent" than I was with the permanent collection. This exhibit had a...  more »
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  • Eh, mostly fine. Really only one exhibit worth going to which is the Classics. The other two areas are full of low effort, pretentious work with little talent and preachy messages.
  • I've had the pleasure 4 years in a row if taking pre-arranged tours with high school students through the Nasher and everytime our experience has been excellent. Age appropriate activities and open ended discussions that let the students use their minds to engage with the art in display. I head back every year, without exception.
  • Very moving and meaningful exhibit of contemporary Southern Art
  • A beautiful space for displaying art and also for hosting private events. The exhibitions are always well curated and thought provoking. One of the best things to do in Durham.
  • Always a great place to see some great art!