Past Exhibitions

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - Saturday, August 24, 2013

Her Stories is a both a retrospective look at the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, and an overview of some of the most compelling contemporary art being made today from the perspective of South Asian women’s identity. These 43 key artists explore their own cultural identities, and yet this intimate exhibition also examines how cultural expectations, history, and myths affect how we see ourselves in the world today.

This exhibition presents works by established and emerging artists from across the South Asian Diaspora, including the United States, South Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom, all incorporated into a singular room installation that includes...

Friday, March 22, 2013 - Saturday, July 13, 2013

Since 1980, the Mountain Lake Workshop has invited internationally-known artists to collaborate with fellow artists, students, and community residents of Southwest Virginia in the creation of experimental works of art.

Located in Giles County, Virginia, and supported in part by Virginia Tech, the Mountain Lake Workshop project has focused on facilitating community-based art collaborations that engage aspects of contemporary art, Appalachian culture, and social and technological trans-disciplinary planning sessions. Guest artists have for decades brought together the arts and sciences as a way to feed an unexpected and dynamic creative process, resulting in experimental...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, June 1, 2013

John Cage's legacy is far-reaching and profound, inspiring artist around the world with his expansive approach to the artistic process and his unique ability to incorporate music, language, dance, and the visual arts in his experimental practice.

This show features video and film works by two leading-edge artists, each engaging the music of John Cage in different ways.  In Performing Silence (2009), Tyler Adams (b.1980, Los Angeles) brings together 25 found YouTube videos of people "playing" Cage's famous 4'33", a piece comprised of three movements in which the performers are instructed to remain silent. The second work (JC{639}), is by...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, June 1, 2013

Continuing its multi-year focus on American art history, the Taubman Museum of Art presents 50 Great American Artists, a distinguished collection of works that represent some of the best artist from the nineteenth century to the present. Spanning a 135-year period, the 50 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures on view feature key individuals and movements that continue to have an impact on artists and audiences to this day, be they familiar celebrated masters of little known innovative figures whose art deserves a second look.

Included in the group are textbook classics like James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and Andy...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, May 25, 2013

French painter Jean Hélion (1904 - 1987) was a leading figure in the Paris art world in the 1930s, associated with the best abstract artists of his time.  Yet he had vital roots in Virginia, including a studio in Rockbridge Baths.  This unique exhibition tells the story of this artist in 18 works from local collections that span nearly 50 year, a story told from the point of view of guest curator (and painter) Bill White, himself one of the most important artist in the state.

The show maps a man's journey from Paris, to New York then to Rockbridge Baths, where Hélion settled with his American wife from Richmond.  It is a dramatic life story that includes being...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, May 18, 2013

As part of a national 2012 celebration of John Cage's centennial year, the Taubman presents John Cage: The Sight of Silence, featuring over 60 watercolors and works on paper created at the Mountain Lake Workshop in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Best known as a groundbreaking composer, musician, and avant-garde thinker, Cage (1912-1992) was also a prolific visual artist who wove Eastern philosophy with elements of chance as a way to free up the creative process.  With additional handwritten musical scores, illustrated notations, and videos of performances also on view, the exhibition provides insight into one of the twentieth century's most unconventional and influential...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Saturday, May 11, 2013

For her first museum show, Roanoke-based artist and Hollins University professor Alison Hall creates an intimate room installation inspired by the early Italian Renaissance artist Giotto (1266 - 1377), specifically the architectural forms, frescos, and mosaic floor patterns found in two churches she has visited annually for the last 12 years. Her works are elegant devotionals that celebrate the light, beauty, and history of a country that she connects with on a personal and aesthetic level.

Image: Alison Hall, La Passeggiata Parallelo (The Parallel Walk), in process in the artist's studio, 2012, graphite, oil, and Venetian plaster on panel, 96 x 77 inches,...

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Saturday, April 13, 2013

This exhibition features a monumental inflated sculpture suspended in the museum Atrium, by Parisian artist Anne Ferrer. The playful undulating form, stitched on site during a two month-long residency, continues Ferrer's interest in using brightly colored sailcloth to create joyous forms that suggest undersea life, French pastry, and the pleasure of floating in air. The show includes working drawings and watercolors of past site-specific installations by this important international artist, whose exhibitions in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris have earned her recent critical notice.

Born in the south of France and based in Paris, Anne Ferrer has a MFA from Yale...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - Saturday, February 23, 2013

The nine regional artists featured in this exhibition present works, varying greatly in medium and materials, which subtly address an array of broad cultural issues including technology, domesticity, and climate, presented in artistic languages that are both representational and abstract.  This selection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs was conceived by Ray Kass, the museum's Adjunct Curator of Southeast American Art. 

In the work of some of the artists, concepts of beauty, space, and color are expressed through materials often assembled with eclectic items found at flea markets.  Many of the artists demonstrate a special interest in tangible...

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nothing signifies the late 20th century expansion and opening up of the traditional art world to a greater extent than the rise to a place of prominence by visionary folk and outsider artists. One of the centers of this revolution in notions of what constitutes art and culture was the Southeastern United States and particularly Appalachia. "Un-usual Folk" explores this watershed moment in American art by pairing selections from the Taubman Museum's permanent collection with pieces drawn from the extensive and expansive collection of respected local collectors Barbara and Rick Moeller. Featuring an array of paintings, pottery, and sculpture by noted artists ranging from Sam Doyle,...