Current Exhibitions

Dates subject to change
Saturday, July 20, 2013 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Web banner image and thumbnail: Norman Rockwell, Framed (detail), 1946, Oil and graphite on canvas and wood, Acquired with funds provided by the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust.

Featuring more than 50 works from the permanent collection, this exhibition focuses on reuniting our visitors with some of the most compelling and historically significant works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s holdings. Many of the works included in Reunion are destination pieces that people travel great distances to view, but of late have been in storage or loaned to other museums for important nationally touring shows. Like the collection, half of the work presented...

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - Friday, January 1, 2016

Judith Leiber (born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary in 1921) creates exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories that blur the boundaries between function and art. Most known for her semi-precious adorned minaudiéres or compact occasion cases, her oeuvre includes day bags, belts and pillboxes. The Leiber bags on view in the Shaftman Gallery are the result of the immense philanthropic generosity of a Roanoke based couple Sydney and Rosalie Krisch Shaftman. Sydney Shaftman gave his wife Rosalie a Leiber minaudiére in the 1980s, which began the impetus for collection that resulted in a gift of more than 130 minaudiéres and pillboxes to the Taubman Museum of Art from 2005 to 2008...

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, September 6, 2014

Web banner image and thumbnail: Jennifer D. Anderson, Design Motif for Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things, 2014, Digital image, Courtesy of the Artist

Jennifer D. Anderson, associate professor of art at Hollins University, works in printmaking, paper cutting and drawing. Her intricately detailed works combine pattern and imagery to reflect on memory and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. For the mural project, Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things Anderson will hand cut intricate stencils that will be printed on the retaining wall outside of Norah's Cafe. Using elements around the museum as inspiration, such as chain link...

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Web banner image and thumbnail: Anne C. Savedge, KC Fountain 2000, 2000, Chromogenic photograph, Gift of Anne C. Savedge

Featuring over twenty works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection in a variety of media, Summer Lovin’ highlights images that resonate with our nostalgic impressions of the summer season. Beginning with Memorial Day at the end of May and ending with Labor Day in September, the summer season is a short-lived time for Americans to recharge and relax. The exhibition presents work by artists from the 18th century to present time that touch on favorite activities of the summer season such as family...

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014

Web banner image: Bill Rutherfoord, Deception (Spring), 2008-2013, Oil on linen, 70 x 74", Courtesy of the Artist

Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region presents the culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting and sculptural project by one of the region's most respected artists. Eleven large scale colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol, and form. Inspiration is drawn from artistic and literary figures as divergent as Jean Cocteau, Jasper Johns, and Joel Chandler Harris while historical references extend from Jamestown to Fort Sumter to the BP Gulf oil...

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 27, 2014

Web banner image: Kevin Jerome Everson, Sound That film still (detail), 2014, Courtesy of the artist; Trilobite-Arts-DAC; Picture Palace Pictures

Kevin Jerome Everson (b. 1965) uses the visual language of documentary film to create real fictions that are elegant re-creations of observed but often overlooked reality. For Don’t Need for None, his first solo museum exhibition in Virginia, the internationally acclaimed experimental filmmaker debuts three new short films: Workers Leaving the Job Site (2013), Sound That (2014), and Fe 26 (2014) that represent his continued interest in the gestures and tasks of working class...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sculptor Ralph Eaton’s first large-scale site-specific museum project draws from nearly three decades of “laying bare the absurdities” of our culture’s fascination with “junk.” Commissioned by the Taubman Museum of Art, Fuzzy Kudzu (2013-14) transforms the City of Roanoke Atrium into an otherworldly fantasyland, where a thirty-foot cascade of white furry tendrils made from restructured stuffed animals spills over the central balcony, countering the building’s architecture in ways both welcoming and unsettling. The title of the monumental work refers to the Kudzu plant familiar to any Southerner, an invasive summertime vine that enshrouds anything in its path....