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In Transit: Arts and Migration Around Europe

Annette Messager, Two Replicants together, 2 répliquants ensemble, 2006. Fabric, ropes, skaï, 66 7/8 x 39 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches (170 x 100 x 40 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Photo by John Berens.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University will inaugurate the exhibition In Transit: Arts & Migration Around Europe on September 13.

A unique collaboration between Duke undergraduate students and faculty, the exhibition In Transit came out of seminars taught by Romance Studies professors Helen Solterer and Elvira Vilches, and other members of the In Transit research group, Art History and Visual Studies professors Raquel Salvatell de Prada and Pedro Lasch.

The exhibition seeks to present, through art, a new history and context to the ongoing global refugee crisis.  It focuses on two major continental zones of migration, Northern Europe, from the region around Calais, Flanders and the Low countries, and Southern Europe, from Islamic Spain to the African Maghreb, and examines the long and rich history of artist engagement in these two regions.

Viewers will discover early modern works of art alongside contemporary creations, many on view together for the first time. In Transit features two astrolabes from Adler Planetarium in Chicago, woodcuts by Cameroon-born artist Bartélémy Toguo and a large sculpture by French artist Annette Messager.

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