It was in the 1940s that economics student Raymond Nasher first decided that Duke University needed an art museum. More than 60 years later, the student who became a Dallas real estate tycoon made it happen. Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art opens to the public this weekend in Durham, N.C.
Nasher donated $10 million to fund construction of the $23-million museum, designed by architect Rafael Vinoly.
It has 14,000 square feet of gallery space in three pavilions that fan out from the building’s piazza -- a 13,000-square-foot glass-ceilinged center that allows natural light to reflect on the walls, changing patterns as shadows emerge. A 173-seat auditorium occupies a fourth pavilion, and administrative offices a fifth.