Step one for any art fan visiting Durham, NC: Get thee to the Nasher Museum of Art on the vast and breathtakingly beautiful Duke University campus. It turned 10 in 2016, and is as renowned for its contemporary holdings (including a unique focus on work by artists of African descent) as it is for its collections of European medieval art and classical antiquities. We’re talking Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Archibald Motley, and Paul and Damon McCarthy.
The 2017 lineup is particularly strong, especially the striking survey by Chicago artist Nina Chanel Abney. Royal Flush will run from mid-February through July and it’s the painter’s first extensive museum show. Judging by the artwork below, it certainly won’t be her last.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for non-Duke students with a student ID. There is a public parking lot east of the building, accessible via Campus Drive or Duke University Road; it costs $2 per hour.
650 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC; 919-684-5135.