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Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center

2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 660-1700 artscenter.duke.edu

February 2018

What is Home?

February 3, 2018February 25, 2018
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
Painting of a nature scene with water and mountains, northern lights in then night sky.

The first exhibit of student work in the Ruby takes up the theme of home, in celebration of the arts center as a new home for the arts at Duke.

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March 2018

(In)visible Organ: Exhibit Closing Weekend Curator Tour

March 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Don't miss your chance to see the (In)visible Organ Exhibit before it closes on Sunday March 3!

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MFA|EDA 2018 Thesis Exhibition

March 19, 2018April 23, 2018
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
Abstract promo graphic for MFAEDA 2018 exhibition

Two students in the MFA|EDA class of 2018 present their culminating work in Gallery 235: Nadia Stevens (“Dream of Angels”) and Laurids Andersen Sonne (“Man From Iota”).

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MFAEDA Thesis Exhibition: Dream of Angels

March 25, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
Composite image from Stevens thesis piece

A presentation by artist Nadia Stevens of a piece about her grandmother, who is usually surrounded by family—she's their angel. One rare day, Stevens found her home alone and started recording. Ninety-five years of life leads to 95 years of stories. Who knew?

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April 2018

Photographs, Paintings & Books

April 26, 2018May 14, 2018
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

End-of-year exhibition featuring diverse work from nearly three dozen students in Duke’s visual arts classes, including Intermediate Painting, The Photobook, and Introduction to Digital Photography.

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Student Highlights Opening Reception

April 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm8:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Visit the Ruby to see selections of student work in Digital Photography, Intermediate Painting, Painting Independent Study, the Photobook, and special site-specific installations of students in the Expanded Cinema course.

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June 2018

The Art of a Scientist

June 1, 2018August 10, 2018
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
Microscope image of anatomy shown in purple and teal.

Art and science have a lot in common, yet we don't always see it that way. This exhibit brings the work of artists and scientists together in shared exploration of creativity and visual communication.

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August 2018

Stephen Hayes: Selected Works

August 27, 2018September 28, 2018
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
two sculpture busts (man on the left, woman on the right)

Stephen Hayes is the new Brock Family Visiting Instructor in Studio Arts in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.

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November 2018

Serving Life: Re-Visioning Justice

November 1, 2018December 10, 2018
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

This month-long exhibit aims to challenge assumptions about guilt and innocence and to provide a vehicle for the public to connect with the human lives hidden within an impenetrable system.

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December 2018

Works from the Photographic Portfolio (ARTVIS 655)

December 14, 2018January 22, 2019
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

See work created by students in instructor Jeremy Lange's "Photographic Portfolio" Fall 2018 course.

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January 2019

Opening Reception for Works from the Photographic Portfolio (ARTVIS 655)

January 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Celebrate this new exhibition of student photography in the Ruby.

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February 2019

(In)visible Organ

February 1, 2019March 8, 2019

(In)visible Organ is an experiment in storytelling, medical technology, and art that explores the continuum of truths, perceptions, and emotions unveiled by female sexual and reproductive health.

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March 2019

MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition: Felicity E. Palma

March 18, 2019 at 8:00 amApril 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm
ocean tilted sideways in frame

As part of the MFA|EDA Class of 2019 thesis exhibitions, Palma presents, Fra la Medusa e l’Abisso (Between Medusa and the Abyss).

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MFA|EDA Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception

March 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm7:00 pm
ocean tilted sideways in frame

Felicity E. Palma presents Fra la Medusa e l’Abisso (Between Medusa and the Abyss) for her Class of 2019 thesis exhibition.

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April 2019

Food for [Digital] Thought | Open House

April 19, 2019 at 10:00 am7:00 pm

Join the "Inspired Foody" for her open house on Friday, April 19 from 10am-7pm.

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Undergraduate Art Showcase

April 25, 2019May 12, 2019
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

This exhibition features artwork by students in a variety of classes offered by Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, including senior capstone projects. 

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May 2019

New Faces of Tradition: Documenting North Carolina’s Young Artists

May 28, 2019June 30, 2019
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Meet the rising generation of Piedmont-area artists and entrepreneurs in this collection of documentary portraits resulting from a collaboration between the North Carolina Arts Council, Duke Arts, and the Rubenstein Arts Center.

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Opening Reception for New Faces of Tradition: Documenting North Carolina’s Young Artists

May 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Gather together with the participating artists and photographers to celebrate the opening of New Faces of Tradition: Documenting North Carolina’s Young Artists and enjoy live music by saxophonist Shaquim Muldrow and old-time fiddler Sonya Badigian.

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July 2019

Jimmie Banks Retrospective

July 11, 2019September 1, 2019
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

This exhibition features paintings, pastels, and drawings by self-taught artist and longtime Duke electrician Jimmie Banks. “I paint every day. Morning, noon and night,” says Banks. “It’s in my blood, it is like living or breathing to me.”

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Opening Reception for Jimmie Banks Retrospective

July 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Drop into the Ruby's gallery to celebrate the opening of this retrospective of self-taught artist and longtime Duke employee Jimmie Banks. 

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November 2019

The Art of Mental Health

November 12, 2019January 24, 2020

This community exhibit of artwork by local artists is an invitation to contemplate mental health and wellness. Maintaining our mental health is a lifelong process that requires intentional effort reflecting both science and art.

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The Art of Mental Health Opening Reception

November 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Celebrate the opening of a new exhibit curated by clinical psychologists centered on the connections between creative practice and wellness.

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January 2020

Meta-wellness: Meditation Class Inside the Art of Mental Health Exhibit

January 24, 2020 at 1:00 pm2:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Meta-wellness! Focus on your mental health and wellness in this drop-in meditation class while surrounded by the artwork and artist stories in the Art of Mental Health exhibit.

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February 2020

Enhanced

February 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Theater Studies visiting artist Richard Maxwell will stage a working restaurant in the Ruby to evoke institutional culture.

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When I Say Africa: Photographs from the Continent

February 25, 2020March 8, 2020
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

This exhibit of photographs by African artists aims to reframe our expectations of Africa, changing how we see the continent, and ultimately, how we engage with Africans.

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March 2020

CANCELLED: Quicker than Coal Ash Opening Reception & Panel Discussion

March 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Join Will Warasila in celebrating the opening of Quicker than Coal Ash, and enjoy a panel discussion with the artist at 7:30pm. A MFA|EDA 2020 event.

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April 2020

African in America Opening Reception with Fati Abubakar

April 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Using photography, video, audio and poetry, African in America discusses the many complexities of African migration, including the possibilities, opportunities, obstacles, failures, and successes of these journeys. A MFA|EDA 2020 event.

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