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Nasher Museum of Art, Durham

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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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  • This museum is on the smaller side and OK. The permanent exhibits are pretty small. Family day is usually a fun time to visit because of activities. 
  • We wait for special events that spark our interest. It is always a nice visit and the restaurant serves good food. The staff are knowledgeable and always very helpful. A nice day can be spent here. 
  • Stopped here to see the special "Southern" exhibit and fell in love with the beautifully designed art museum... Two parts of the special exhibit, featuring photographs, were outstanding... A perfect s...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I love art and had to drop in on our trip to Duke. I was not disappointed with the wonderful and unique art on display.
  • I've been to a number of outstanding art exhibits in recent years: Matisse, Andy Warhol, Miro. The Miro exhibit was spectacular and an outstanding tribute to the great artist. The Nasher also has book discussions, art related films, and a wonderful cafe. It's my favorite museum in the Triangle.
  • If you're looking to be moved and inspired by great works of Art, go elsewhere. Think of the incredible technical facility, sense of beauty, and spiritual gravity of, say, Rembrandt. The contemporary "art" on exhibit may seem clever--by juxtaposing or assembling incongruous elements--but it is spiritually empty: little more than comic stunts masquerading as art. The pretense of artistic statement makes a mockery of the aesthetic aspiration and sheer technical refinement of truly great works of art of the past.
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