The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University presents an installation of paintings, works on paper and sculpture in collaboration with the 50th anniversary of the first black students enrolled at Duke. The installation, all recent gifts and purchases for the permanent collection, reflects the museum’s ongoing focus on artists of African descent. Artists include Radcliffe Bailey, Barkley L. Hendricks, Zanele Muholi, Robert Pruitt, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, and more.
The gallery is anchored by an 8-foot sculpture by Thomas Hirschhorn from 2002 called Necklace CNN. The monumental work, made of cardboard and gold wrapping paper, is juxtaposed with Nari Ward’s 2011 mixed-media work, Album, made of basketball trading cards. Fahamu Pecou’s 2011 painting, Nunna My Heros: After Barkley Hendricks’ 'Icon for My Man Superman,' is presented near a quintessential portrait from 1975 by Hendricks. The installation is on view through the spring semester.
“We are very pleased to support Duke’s important anniversary with this installation,” said Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, who organized the installation. “Our growing collection includes exciting works by some of today’s most significant artists.”