Current Exhibitions

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

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 is light sensitive work on paper, meaning that a number of pieces will be rotated in and out, giving viewers a chance to see new work periodically through the run of the exhibition. From tiny couture...

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, September 27, 2014 - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro: Generations showcases the work of father and son, acknowledged masters of the photographic medium. From Paul Caponigro’s darkroom mastery and deeply mystical black-and-white images, to John Paul Caponigro’s digital wizardry and vividly colorful surrealism, the exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the art and craft of photography employed by both artists.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1932, Paul Caponigro is widely recognized as one of the great landscape photographers. His work is now in countless museum collections including Yale University Art Gallery and The Museum Of Modern Art. He is the...

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Saturday, March 21, 2015

Roanoke-based artist Gerry Bannan (American, born 1964) creates a feast for the eyes with his lushly sensuous new series of large scale drawings, hearkening back to the 16th and 17th century Northern European still life genre painting theme of Vanitas. Translated from the Latin word meaning vanity, hallmarks of this artistic genre include depicting symbols associated with death and the futility of earthly pleasures. The Taubman Museum of Art is honored to premiere Bannan’s new series Vanitas featuring nine drawings and two still life tableaus for the first time to the Roanoke community. Working exclusively with BIC Cristal...

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Self-taught artist Scott “Toobz” Noel is well known in the Roanoke community for his immense murals at popular destinations across the Valley. His colorful and surreal work references his early fascination with graffiti art as well as his challenges from being color blind. The Taubman Museum of Art is delighted to commission the artist to create a one-of-a-kind mural highlighting his long-term fascination with horses and ancient cave paintings for the museum’s outside patio wall and along the underpass on Norfolk Avenue. Noel’s mural will present an abstracted view of many galloping horses merged into one massive mythical horse charging around the museum’s patio wall and alongside...

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Saturday, May 30, 2015

A tender tribute by the artist to the everyday observations of life, the exhibition premieres fifteen new works comprised of a diverse range of media such as animated video projections, graphite, thread and found objects by Southwestern Virginia artist and teacher Jennifer L. Hand. Things Held Dear captures the artist’s intimate moments from documenting her morning meal to walks along Claytor Lake with her beloved dog. Hand comments, “This work is part of an exploration into the mystery and potential spirituality of everyday life. ‘Things held dear’ are the simple events that carry us through our days. Quiet, repetitive things such as pulling weeds, or eating breakfast...

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, May 2, 2015

In 2001, Sally Mann began a series that focused on how our landscape is haunted with the memory of war. Her travels brought her to many of the Civil War battlefields,  from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Antietam, Maryland, where she documented the various sites on which heavy losses occurred. Due to the photographic process and her aesthetic intent, the landscapes appear darkly mysterious, somber and often difficult to identify, enigmas that viewers must interpret for themselves. Her discovery of her father’s passion for photographing the decaying vestiges of the South and her firsthand experience of witnessing death on her property became the deeply-rooted impetus for...

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015

War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal is a unique word and image exhibition that combines the poetry of Walt Whitman, the Liljenquist Collection Civil War Portraits from the Library of Congress, and photographs made with both old and very new photographic processes. The exhibition probes the question, "How do Americans remember war?" with soldiers' portraits developed in the flesh of leaves, battlefield landscapes photographed using nineteenth-century technologies, and war poems of intimate reflection.

"The real war will never get in the books," Whitman declared, citing the "interior history" of "the actual soldier of 1862-'65, North and South, with...

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015

Keeper’s Keep is composed of sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.

Derived from the title of one of the artist’s works, Keeper’s Keep alludes to British usage of the term “keeper” for “curator,” and plays on the double meaning of “keep” as both noun and verb. Aggie Zed is a...