Current Exhibitions

Dates subject to change
Saturday, July 20, 2013 - Saturday, July 19, 2014

Featuring more than 50 works from the permanent collection, this year-long exhibition focuses on reuniting the audience with some of the most compelling and historically significant works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s holdings. Many of the works included in the reinstallation 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.

While Reunion is just a small sampling of the 2,155 works in the collection acquired over the last 60 years, it reveals the range and diversity of the many paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative pieces that have...

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, January 25, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Web banner image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), Le Tandem (detail), 1899, Black and colored crayon on paper, 14” H x 10" W, 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm, Signed upper right with artist's monogram; artist's monogram stamp lower right, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Photo: Travis Fullerton, © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts File: (c)VMFA_85-813_v1_TF201202

From Picasso to Magritte: European Masters from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts re-examines one of art history’s most popular time periods through an array of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures created by some of the most preeminent...

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Web banner image: Motomichi Nakamura, Passerby (film still), November, 2011, Animated film, 4 minutes 28 seconds, Courtesy of the artist

Motomichi Nakamura is an animator, painter, sculptor, as well as, a VJ and game and toy designer. Influenced by Outsider art, Japanese animation, Dutch graphic design, Latin American street culture and cryptozoology, Nakamura creates work using a limited color palette and minimalist design to create haunting powerful images and films that explore contemporary culture and political issues both large and small. Using only the colors of black, white and red, his deceptively “simple” yet graphically...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Web banner image: Michael Kline, Jar (detail), 2013, Stoneware, Collection of Marc Poland

Named after an important primary trade route from Philadelphia through Roanoke and south through Tennessee and North Carolina that was established in the 18th century, this exhibition presents the work of nine contemporary artists whose work and lives have been influenced by generations of ceramic artists who came before them. The Great Road was the name of the specific route that passed through Roanoke. These transportation routes linked this region of early American potters together. This exhibition includes the work of Rob Barnard, Josh Copus, Kevin...

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Web banner image: Richard Caton Woodville (1825–1855), The Cavalier’s Return (detail), 1847, Oil on canvas, The New-York Historical Society, Bequest of Kate Warner

Before the origins of radio, social media, and television, our nation’s cultural and political views were depicted through art. Featuring forty-five paintings and seven sculptures created by the preeminent artists of the 19th century and on loan from the New-York Historical Society, Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy casts new light on both the history of American art and the formation its cultural ideals. Specially, well known artists such as Benjamin West (1738-...

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Web banner image: Martin Johnson, Neck (detail), 2013, Mixed media, Courtesy of the Artist

Featuring more than thirty works dating from 1972 to the present, FOR Instance: the Art of Martin Johnson presents a generous cross-section of the artist’s work. His intense and energetically charged pieces, created in both two and three dimensions, combine recycled found objects and shapes, densely woven patterns, text, and language games that improvise visual puns. They tempt the eye and the ear of the viewer to enter Johnson’s universe of pure free association. Johnson weaves words and patterns together in a compulsive manner that expresses a...