United States

2001 Campus Dr.
North Carolina
Phone: 919-684-5135
Fax: 919-681-8624
Website: www.nasher.duke.edu

Nasher Museum Of Art At Duke University

The Nasher Museum of Art is a major arts center on Duke University’s campus that serves the university, Research Triangle area and surrounding region with exhibitions and educational programs. The museum, designed by Rafael Viñoly, also includes a café and gift store.

Permanent Collection

Founded as the Duke University Museum of Art (DUMA) in 1969 with the purchase of the Ernst Brummer Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Art. Holdings have since grown to more than 13,000 works. Strong in four core areas: medieval and Renaissance art, African art, ancient American (pre-Columbian) art and Classical sculpture. New focus on modern and contemporary art.


On view through July 29:
The Nasher Museum presents the work of three promising early career artists, who are exhibiting together for the first time. For Mark Bradford (Los Angeles), William Cordova (Lima, Miami, New York) and Robin Rhode (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Berlin), the streets of their respective cities act as fluid, living sources of inspiration. The show includes painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, video, installation and other mixed media. This exhibition is the first at the Nasher Museum organized by curator of contemporary art Trevor Schoonmaker. It will travel to the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.
On view through June 17, 2007:
Irwin Kremen’s first retrospective includes more than 160 works – collage, painting and sculpture – spanning each of the 40 years of Kremen’s art-making since he began at age 41.

On view through September 30:
"Collected Identities: Gifts from the Blake Byrne Collection"
This exhibition showcases 16 works of art by important contemporary artists, a promised gift from the collection built over the past 20 years by E. Blake Byrne. The show includes Marlene Dumas, David Hammons, Lyle Ashton Harris, Michael Jenkins, Glenn Ligon, Paul Pfeiffer, Gary Simmons and Kehinde Wiley, among others.

Forthcoming exhibitions

New at the Nasher
July 19, 2007 – July 6, 2008
The Nasher Museum presents an installation of works acquired in recent years that reflect the museum’s increased focus on contemporary art. These are significant works by international artists including Christian Boltanski, Petah Coyne, Olafur Eliasson, Sean Landers, David Levinthal, Paul Pfeiffer, Kara Walker and Eve Sussman and The Rufus Corporation. The exhibition includes a variety of media – painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation.

States of Mind: Dan and Lia Perjovschi
August 23, 2007 – January 6, 2008
The Nasher Museum presents a mid-career retrospective of the work of Romanian artists Dan Perjovschi and Lia Perjovschi. Born in 1961 and educated in the Romanian socialist system, Dan and Lia Perjovschi create work that resides at the nexus of art, society and politics; both artists belong to the first avant-garde generation following the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Dan is renowned for large and small scale drawing installations of thousands of figures that comment on local, national and international cultural and current affairs. He is also the foremost political cartoon satirist in Romania. Lia is internationally known for her performance and conceptual art. This unprecedented exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, videos, installations and conceptual art from 1980 to the present, as well as new commissioned works. The show follows a recent installation of Dan Perjovschi’s drawings in the “Projects


Suggested admission is $5 adults, $4 for seniors and members of the Duke Alumni Association, $3 for non-Duke students with I.D. and free for children 16 and younger. Admission is free to Duke students, faculty and staff with Duke I.D. Admission is also free to Durham city residents who present a valid I.D. with proof of residency.

Opening hours

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.

Getting there

100-space parking lot on site.


Handicapped parking. Wheelchairs available. Handicapped accessible throughout the building.

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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