The exhibitions in our galleries serve as community forum and teaching space—always free and open to the public, they make the documentary arts accessible to a general audience. Still and moving images, documents, writing, audio, and interactive installations heighten historical and cultural awareness, create discourse, and challenge traditional views of “others.” More than 8,500 people a year—locals and tourists; university faculty, staff, and students; and public school groups—visit CDS to enjoy this work and to attend related events.

  • Our main exhibition space, the Juanita Kreps Gallery, is located on the first floor and showcases the work of both emerging and established documentary artists.
  • The first-floor Lyndhurst Gallery expands the space of exhibitions in the main gallery or presents smaller exhibits in conversation with those in the Kreps.
  • The Porch Gallery is an intimate viewing space for a wide range of work; it is located on the first floor of CDS’s Bridges Building, which adjoins the main building.
  • Located on the ground floor of the Bridges Building, the University Gallery presents the work of our students and faculty as well as other documentarians associated with Duke University.

Public Programs and Outreach

CDS exhibitions are supplemented by a slate of visiting artists who have relevant ties to the themes or issues represented in a show. These guests share their work and stories through presentations, screenings, lectures, readings, and panel discussions. Like our exhibits, these programs are free and open to the public. CDS also engages in school and community arts-outreach efforts to bring public school classes, university students, community groups, and people from other educational institutions to the galleries. Special programs and field trips for students from area schools can be arranged by contacting CDS exhibitions program staff at 919-660-3687. 

Now on View

Post Mégantic

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 5:00pm
Michel Huneault
Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries

Canadian documentary photographer Michel Huneault was awarded a solo show at CDS as part of the Lange-Taylor Prize, which he won in 2015 for Post Mégantic, his project on a small town in Quebec that was the site of Canada’s deadliest train disaster in 150 years. The $10,000 prize supports documentary artists, working alone or in teams, whose extended fieldwork projects rely on the interplay of...

Transits and Migrations: A Summer in Berlin

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 1:45pm to Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 5:00pm
Documentary Studies Students
Porch and University Galleries

Duke’s summer course, Capturing the City: Documentary Photography in Berlin, pushed students to immerse themselves fully in one of Europe’s most dynamic capital cities. They interpreted scenes of cultural life, public spaces, landscapes, and people. Project fieldwork sites included Tempelhof airfield—a Nazi-era airport made famous during the 1948–1949 Berlin Airlift and now used as a public park...