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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 Museum portrays recent arts based on past.Some of the artifacts are old, but many are based on Paintings Photographs based on Sothern American History.The Museum is in 3 parts, each defining diffe...  more »
  • Looking for things to do during my Thanksgiving visit. 5 of us went and thoroughly enjoyed. The museum lives up to the Nasher standards. Especially enjoyed the Southern Accents exhibition. A few in ou...  more »
  • The Nasher Museum is one of the real jewels of Duke University. The quality of the art is outstanding, with exhibits that are easy to navigate. 
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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!