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Nasher Museum & Calder

Posted by DID 18 Apr 2012 27 Comments

If you live in Durham and aren’t regularly taking advantage of the Nasher Museum and its programming, you are missing out on not just great art, but also cool movies, interesting lectures, dance performances, photo booths, milkshake bars (have your attention now?) and much, much more.

Admission is free every Thursday from 5-9pm and often there is a cash bar and free nibbles in addition to programming. Any time an exhibit is opening, the museum usually holds a free themed event. For the recent Deconstructive Impulse exhibit, there were a Wonder Woman impersonator, themed cocktails, a lecture and lots of small bites from the Nasher Cafe. The Nasher’s calendar of events is definitely worth a bookmark.

In addition to their pretty great permanent collection (that giant head is almost as much a part of the Durham landscape as the Lucky Strike tower), right now the Nasher has a Alexander Calder exhibit that is on display until June 17.

The Nasher has given Carpe Durham two free tickets to the Calder exhibit to give away. To enter simply leave a comment with something you love about the Nasher and/or Alexander Calder here or tweet with the hashtag #CalderNasherLove. We will pool the entrants and pick a winner at random on May 2. Good luck!

Museum Hours:
Monday – closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Free to all on Thursdays, 5 to 9 p.m. except during Calder)
Sunday – Noon to 5 p.m.

2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC, 27705

Note: Photo from the Nasher site


  • Anna said:

    I LOVE the Nasher because of the excellent events held for the Durham community


  • Patti J. said:

    I love the Nasher because it makes art accessible to everyone, and I love the other special events!


  • allie said:

    i love the nasher because of its diverse offerings!


  • Miranda said:

    Seeing Calder’s work in person in Washington, D.C. was a memorable event for me and I would love to share his work with my two sons.


  • Jyotsna said:

    I love the Nasher because the diversity of exhibits and the intimacy of the space!


  • animo said:

    I love having cool artstuffs right in my backyard thanks to the Nasher!


  • John S. said:

    I’ve never been to Nasher, but I adore contemporary art and Calder! Would love to check this out!


  • Stuart said:

    I love the Nasher because it is much cooler inside than outside.


  • amanda said:

    I love Nasher because it is a world-class gallery right in my backyard.


  • Meredith Dangel said:

    I love the Nasher because it brings such interesting offerings for even those husbands (or wives) who aren’t that into art….


  • LHG said:

    I love the Nasher because it always gets fantastic contemporary art exhibits, which makes this Art History master’s holder happy.

    I love Calder because of his sense of whimsy. Also, his circus, which I just saw (again) at the Whitney. Always a favorite!


  • Brenda V said:

    I love Calder’s mobile as seen in the National Art Gallery in DC. Looking forward to seeing them at the Nasher.


  • Michele said:

    I love the architecture of the building itself and the variety of exhibits, both permanent and visiting, contained within that building!


  • Christina said:

    I love the Nasher because it’s a quality museum with great art but isn’t so big to be overwhelming. And the space is just beautiful.


  • Amelia said:

    I love the Nasher cafe and it’s natural lighting


  • Laurel said:

    Calder makes me feel at home. I worked for several years in the Federal building that is right next to his flamingo sculpture in Chicago.


  • Tweedy said:

    I love the Nasher because I love having such a beautiful space with diverse offerings right here.


  • JP said:

    I Love the Nasher’s mission to make modern art accessible for all.


  • fred fesel said:

    nasher is one of the THINGS thatmake durham great.


  • lindsey said:

    i love the nasher for the outdoor concerts & freebie nights!


  • tess of the durhamvilles said:

    I love Calder’s sense of whimsey and fun. I love that the Nasher is bringing such amazing artwork to our town.


  • Kumquat said:

    I love Nasher because it’s Duke/Durham’s “version” of art…accessible and limitless talent


  • Don said:

    It’s been a hot minute since I took a stroll around Nasher…Seems like I am due.


  • Annie said:

    I loved seeing Calder’s Circus in NYC.


  • Jessica G. said:

    So far I’ve only tried the cafe at the Nasher Museum, but I loved the brunch! Planning to visit the rest of the museum ASAP.


  • Matt Summers said:

    Every memory I have at Nasher is amazing and I look forward to making more!


  • Alexia Maneschi said:

    I am a huge Calder and Nasher fan. I love how the museum bring great quality art to the community! I would love to use these tickets to bring my family when they come from out of town. Thanks!


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