Nasher Museum Annual Report 2014 | Academic Programs
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Academic Programs

The Nasher Museum is an interdisciplinary laboratory where students and scholars can increase critical visual literacy and test knowledge by applying it to visual evidence. Our academic program staff works one on one with faculty to design visits to exhibitions and collections in storage and to create lesson plans, assignments and installations that complement courses.

At the Nasher Museum, Duke students earn credit or pay through internships; lead public school groups and adult visitors through interactive, conversation-based tours; serve on the Nasher Student Advisory Board; work at the museum in visitor services, security, marketing and other positions; volunteer at Family Day events; research paintings, drawings and objects up close in the museum’s study storage areas; and assist faculty in co-organizing exhibitions.

Poet Elizabeth Alexander

Number of objects used on class visits


Number of Duke class visits (both research storage and galleries)


Number of Duke students who visited storage


Number of First-Year students who attended “Night at the Nasher” party


Number of Duke faculty and students visiting storage and galleries


Number of Duke faculty visiting storage (not with class visits)


Number of visitors (Duke and non-Duke) who arranged visits through the museum to visit study storage and galleries


Number of different Duke departments and schools that used the museum for a class

Student Curated Installations

Defining Lines: Cartography in the Age of Empire

September 19, 2013 – January 6, 2014

The Defining Lines curatorial team was led by Elizabeth Blackwood and includes Mary Kate Cash, Katie Contess, Sophia Durand, Rachel Fleder, Lauren Jackson, Minn Htet Khine, Leo Lou, Jordan Noyes and Jeremy Tripp. They were advised by Professor Philip Stern and graduate students Andrew Ruoss, Erica Sherman and Rosalia Romero, as part of the BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab at Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute, supported by the Humanities Writ Large Initiative.


Masculinities: Mainstream to Margins

January 11 – June 29, 2014

This exhibition was curated by professor Ann Marie Rasmussen’s fall 2013 Rivalrous Masculinities class, including graduate students Christian Straubhaar and Steffen Kaupp and undergraduates Ryan Elizabeth Bennert, Sarah Kristin Filter, Mary Bourke Hagan, Indrani Saha and KellyNoel Waldorf.



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Photos by J Caldwell