Raymond D. Nasher was one of the country's leading collectors of modern and contemporary sculpture and is the namesake and founder of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Opened in 2005, with an exhibition of art from Nasher's collection, the museum is located in a $24 million showplace building on the campus of Duke University.
In addition to the top-notch art, the museum features a celebrated restaurant. The Nasher Museum Café was praised in Food & Wine as "an ever-changing exhibit of culinary art" based on Chef Giorgios Bakatsias' contemporary menu of seasonal recipes with fresh ingredients.
The current exhibition “Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas” (running through September 5th) is an example of the museum’s goal to “foster understanding and appreciation of the visual arts by providing direct experiences with original works.”
In addition to the art exhibitions, the museum also has a “Summer Days, Nasher Nights” series which will feature Chef Fredi Morf this Thursday, July 22. He will join his former student, Nasher Museum Café Chef Laura Baucom. The menu includes summer gazpacho with cucumber granite, pan-seared grouper with ratatouille, and golden polenta cake with warm peach crisp with ginger ice cream for dessert. Reservations are encouraged.
Interested in visiting the museum and enjoying a relaxing meal in the cafe? Visit now to see “Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines and Alma Thomas” then return this fall for “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl” opening September 2, 2010 and running through February 6, 2011. “The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-18” also opens September 30 and runs through January 2, 2011.