Duke's El Greco exhibit named in country's top 10

Posted December 12, 2008 4:49 p.m. EST

— Its El Greco exhibit landed Duke University's new art museum as the only one from the state on Time Magazine's list of the top 10 exhibits of 2008.

The Nasher Museum of Art's show of works by El Greco and other Spanish Old Masters came in at No. 3 on the list. The works date to the early 1600s, when Spain's empire was at its peak.

An exhibit of conceptual art at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and of a 19th-century French painter at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art were ranked first and second, respectively.

The El Greco exhibit drew about 73,000 visitors and racked up $462,000 in ticket sales. It is credited in raising an estimated $183,000 in local tax revenue.

The $2 million exhibit was one of the most important shows of its kind ever presented in the southeast, university officials said.