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This collection is the youngest at the Nasher Museum, but represents the museum's current primary growth area. Since opening in 2005, the Nasher Museum has focused on modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on global, emerging artists of color. The collection strategically echoes the museum's distinguished exhibition program, capitalizes on the expertise of curatorial staff and Duke faculty, and reflects the museum's interest in the art and culture of the African diaspora. The collection includes works in a variety of media – painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University owns more than 10,000 works of art. As part of its mission, the Nasher Museum created this online database to make its collections accessible to a wide audience. This is an ongoing project, so please check back periodically to browse new entries. Some data may change as a result of ongoing research.