Thursday, March 10, 2011

Nasher Museum Celebrates Five Years

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents an exhibition of the museum’s most important contemporary works acquired since 2005, with an emphasis on global, emerging artists of color.

“Building the Contemporary Collection” features work by more than 40 artists, including Barkley L. Hendricks, Christian Marclay, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley and Fred Wilson, among others. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation. It is on view March 10 through Aug. 14.

In some cases, the works reflect relationships the Nasher Museum has built with artists through exhibitions. Most of the artists are living, and many have achieved global reputations or gone on to greater recognition.

“These are exciting works by some of today’s most significant artists,” said Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, who organized the exhibition. “The exhibition also reflects our interest in and commitment to the art and culture of the African diaspora.”

“Building the Contemporary Collection” will be complemented by programs at the Nasher Museum, including free Family Day events, a gallery talk, teacher workshops and other programs. These include an opening event on March 16 with artists Barkley L. Hendricks and Mickalene Thomas and art collector Jason Rubell, a 1991 Duke graduate, and an artist talk on March 23 with Carolee Schneemann.

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