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

A photo of the exhibit on the walls at CDS


Friday, July 27, 2018 - 2:00pm to Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 5:00pm Emerging Documentary Artists
CDS, Bridges 201

Courtney Reid-Eaton, Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) exhibitions director and creative director of CDS’s Documentary Diversity Project:

Photo Credit: Father and Son (Cecilia, LA), 2015

Louisiana Trail Riders

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 5:30pm Jeremiah Ariaz
Lyndhurst Gallery, Center for Documentary Studies

On September 13, 2018, Jeremiah Ariaz will visit CDS for a reception and artist's talk; he will also sign copies of his new book based on the Louisiana trail riders project. Reception at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.

Photo: IonaPearl throwing, Eno River. Photograph by Courtney Reid Eaton.

The Wonder of You: Photos & Words by Black Girls & Women

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 12:00pm to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
Porch and University Galleries, Center for Documentary Studies

Jamaica Gilmer, founder and executive director, The Beautiful Project: "The Beautiful Project (TBP) is a collective of image makers using photography, writing and care to create spaces for Black women and girls to confront the mass misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and misuse of their likeness in the media and the world at large.