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Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center

2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
(919) 660-1700

February 2019

Ruby Friday | The Least of These: Personal Icons Made Public

Friday, February 22 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Will Thomas standing in front of some of his paintings

As part of a creative residency in the Ruby, painter William Paul Thomas will illuminate the ties and distinctions between three ongoing projects.

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March 2019

Ruby Friday | Photographer Jess T. Dugan

Friday, March 1 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center, 2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States
Photo of Gloria in a long fur coat

Meet photographer Jess T. Dugan and learn about her exhibit To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults, on display in the Rubenstein library from Feb 21 thru June 2.

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Ruby Friday | Esther Gabara: The Making of Pop América

Friday, March 22 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Pop-art style image of the word Pop in an exploding balloon

Esther Gabara, professor of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke, gives insights into the development of Pop América, 1965-1975, an exhibition of nearly 100 works by Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists on view at the Nasher Museum of Art (February 21–July 21, 2019).

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Ruby Friday | Sculptor Stephen Hayes

Friday, March 29 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Stephen Hayes with one of his sculptures

Hayes, a Durham native currently teaching sculpture at Duke, will talk about his journey as an artist and his work, including his touring memorial to African lives consumed by the Atlantic slave trade.

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Night of Swing

Friday, March 29 at 6:00 pm10:00 pm
duke swing dance logo

Join us for a sensationally swingin' night of Jazz and Swing dance! No prior experience needed. Light refreshments and a swingtastic time will be provided.

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April 2019

Ruby Friday | Puppetry and the Poetic Body in Medicine, Health, and Healing

Friday, April 5 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Marian Tsaplina seated with a puppet

Meet Marina Tsaplina, artist lead of Duke’s Reimagine Medicine project, and learn about the unique role puppetry can play in deepening the perception of how imagination, emotion, and history live in the human body.

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Ruby Friday | Environmental Imagery: Effective Messaging with Artistic Media

Friday, April 12 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Sea turtle graphic

In a talk coinciding with the third annual Enviro-Art Gallery, creator and curator Cameron Oglesby will share what she’s learned about raising environmental awareness with art.

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Ruby Friday | Experiments from DocX at the Center for Documentary Studies

Friday, April 19 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Screen shot of a website controls that mimic a radio tuner

Learn about the latest from DocX, the digital lab at the Center for Documentary Studies, including a new website with an analog feel that showcases decades of the Center’s best work.

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