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Nasher Museum of Art, Durham

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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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  • I was visiting my son who lives in Durham...first time visit to this Museum..outstanding collection in beautiful building  more »
  • Several times a year, I remember the Nasher, and what a fine experience it always proves to be! Today I viewed 'Transcendent Imagery from the Contemporary Collection'. A most interesting gallery exhib...  more »
  • Rotating exhibits and around 4-5 exhibits at one time. Lots of local artists and good descriptions of everything. Not free if not a Duke student. Recommend spending 1-2 hours there. There are also som...  more »
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  • Beautiful setting and architecture. Expensive parking. Small collection.
  • Lovely museum. They have a variety of exhibits that keep you interested. It is always quiet so it's a nice place to relax and find inspiration.
  • The food is AMAZING!! And the art exhibits change every so often so there is always something new. Great fun amd calm place for people of all ages.
  • Small collection, expect about an hour worth of time here. Collection is interesting but seems very small for the high cost parking and entry for non members.
  • For a small museum it has a good permanent collection and good rotating exhibits. Thursday evenings are free.

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