Past Exhibitions

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...

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...

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-...

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...

Friday, August 23, 2013 - Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ambiguity and Interface: Art Across the Spectrum explores relationships between art objects that are customarily categorized as either fine art or craft. The traditional reference to an art work as being a "craft" was customarily used to describe utilitarian objects that fulfilled simple domestic needs like cups and teapots -- however, the common forms of functional hand made objects have often been appropriated by artists to create works of fine art that are not expected to serve a functional purpose.

The viewer is invited to make comparisons and discover how artists working in a variety of mediums and disciplines use color, design and...

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - Saturday, January 18, 2014

This exhibit presents the work of nine photographers from diverse backgrounds that in the 1960's lived and photographed from within the Southern Freedom Movement. They were "movement photographers," decidedly distinct from news photographers, and their images reflect that difference. Seven photographed for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the only civil rights organization with its own photogrpahy department. The other two photographed for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

SNCC emerged from student protest that erupted on February 1, 1960 in Greensboro, North Carolina when four black...

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Saturday, January 11, 2014

A simple message, delivered on billboards, posters, postcards, badges, T-shirts and rubber stamps, Imagine Peace exists as a seed, activated individually and collectively in the minds and actions of those who encounter it. Like much of Yoko Ono's artwork over the past forty years, Imagine Peace is a work that is dependent upon a collective realization on the part of her audience. As she declared in 1972 single, Now or Never, " A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream we dream together is reality." As is often the case with her work, this germinating idea is manifested in multiple variations.

The exhibition focuses on the thematic...

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rising over 40 feet in the Taubman Museum of Art’s City of Roanoke atrium is a new totem by Roanoke-based artist Ann Glover, her tallest and most ambitious public sculpture to date. Commissioned by the museum as part of its ongoing series of large-scale site works, the piece Myth features four stacked letters spelling out its title, a childlike homage to the mythic stories that we carry with us as we move through the world. The surface of each letter is layered with pieced canvas, paint, and stenciled forms—heads, words, and mysterious characters and scenes. Glover’s sources are cross-cultural and wide-ranging, from old comic books, sideshow banners, and advertising...

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jason Salavon is on the forefront of new media art, and has been for over two decades. With a background in computer programming and software design, he employs the language of digital prints, video, painting, and sculpture to explore scientific systems and technology, as well as aesthetics and art history - all using software of his own design as an image-generating tool.

Salavon's Taubman project, A Seamlessness Between Things (traveling straight from its debut in New York), consists of 10 real-time video projections of synthesized data. This interactive room-sized work takes input from masses of public, communally generated information from the Internet and...