Past Exhibits

Soul and Service

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:00am to Friday, December 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

Juanita Kreps Gallery

This eight-panel exhibition is designed to celebrate the rich history of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company described by its founders as "The Company with a Soul and a Service." Mutual opened its doors for business in 1898, making it the nation's oldest African American–owned insurance company.


Monday, September 16, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 5:00pm
Evgenia Arbugaeva
Porch and University Galleries

The Center for Documentary Studies is delighted to host an exhibit of this acclaimed series by Evgenia Arbugaeva—images from Tiksi, a remote port town on Siberia’s Arctic coast. The photographer will be in residence this fall at Duke University through a program administered by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund in partnership with Duke’s Center for International Studies.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Architectural Reminders of Durham's Vital Past

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 5:00pm
Jack Anderson
Porch Gallery

Photographer MJ Sharp, a Center for Documentary Studies instructor, did an independent study with undergraduate student Jack Anderson that culminated in his exhibition of nighttime black-and-white photographs, Hidden in Plain Sight: Architectural Reminders of Durham’s Vital Past. Sharp explores the world at night in her work, as does Anderson. “We talk like two old crusty sailors about shooting...

Beyond the Front Porch 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 9:30am to Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 5:00pm
CDS Undergraduates
University Gallery

Eight graduating seniors who have completed the Certificate in Documentary Studies at Duke University are showcasing their final projects in Beyond the Front Porch 2013. At an open house celebration at CDS on April 26, the students presented their projects and received their certificates. 2013 Certificate in Documentary Studies Graduates:

One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 5:00pm
Paul Kwilecki
Kreps and Lyndhurst Galleries

“I am frequently asked by people who have not seen my work why I spend my life documenting one simple place like Decatur County, Georgia. People confuse simple with small; they’re not the same thing. There are no simple places or simple lives. . . . Life [in Decatur County] is like life everywhere, and I cannot think of a higher goal than understanding what we can of it.”—Paul Kwilecki,...