Fall Arts Trip to the Nasher Museum of Art & Sarah P. Duke Gardens
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Join us for a guided tour of the NASHER MUSEUM OF ART AT DUKE UNIVERSITY, including their special exhibition "DISORDERLY CONDUCT: AMERICAN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, 1960-1990," inspired by some of pluralistic approaches that characterized American painting and sculpture between 1960 and 1990. Drawn primarily from the Nashers collection and featuring several significant recent acquisitions, "Disorderly Conduct" will include works by Al Held, Philip Guston, Audrey Flack, Nancy Graves and David Salle, among others. The Nashers permanent collection includes Medieval art, art of the Americas (largely pre-Columbian), Classical Antiquities and modern and contemporary art. Their growing contemporary collection features artists such as Hank Willis Thomas, Jeffrey Gibson, Carrie Mae Weems, Ebony G. Patterson, Nick Cave, Barkley L. Hendricks, Christian Marclay, Wangechi Mutu, Ai Weiwei, Fred Wilson and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Also on view during our visit to the Nasher will be the exhibitions "THE MEDICIS PAINTER: CARLO DOLCI AND 17TH-CENTURY FLORENCE" and "A PORTRAIT OF VENICE: JACOPO DE BARBARIS VIEW OF 1500." Following our tour of the Nasher, well enjoy boxed lunches at the museum and some free time to explore on our own before heading to the nearby Sarah P. Duke Gardens. THE SARAH P. DUKE GARDENS have served the Duke and Durham communities for over 75 years. The idea of a public garden arose in the early 1930s, due to the vision of Dr. Frederic M. Hanes, a member of the original faculty of Duke Medical School. Dr. Hanes persuaded his friend Sarah P. Duke, widow of one of the university's founders, Benjamin N. Duke, to finance a garden bearing her name. However, by the time Sarah passed away in 1936, the original gardens were in decline. Her daughter, Mary Duke Biddle, financed construction of a new garden, as memorial to her mother. Ellen Biddle Shipman (1869-1950), a pioneer in American landscape design, was selected to design the gardens. The new Sarah P. Duke Gardens were dedicated in April 1939, and are considered Shipman's greatest work and a national treasure. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens feature four distinct areas: the original Terraces and their immediate surroundings, known as the Historic Gardens; the H.L. Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, a representation of the flora of the southeastern United States; the W.L. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, devoted to plants of eastern Asia; and the Doris Duke Center Gardens. There are five miles of allées, walks, and pathways throughout the gardens. No refunds after Sept. 29, 2017.