Past Exhibitions

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - Sunday, August 2, 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, 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 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...

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 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, 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, September 13, 2014 - Saturday, January 17, 2015

Featuring over forty works, the Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition on artist Annette Nancarrow (American, 1907–1992). Spanning nearly three decades, the exhibition Between Two Worlds: Annette Nancarrow in Mexico and America will highlight her development as an artist across countries and cultures during a pivotal and dynamic time in the 20th century art world. Although less known historically than her artist friends and contemporaries Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Jośe Clemente Orozco, this exhibition will shed remarkable light on her achievements and solidify her place in the development of significant art movements of the time.

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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....

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Beg, Borrow and Steal presents paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations by world renowned Contemporary artists from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida. In 2005, Don and Mera Rubell, legendary collectors and founders of the Rubell Family Collection, had a series of conversations with...