Past Exhibitions

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,...

Friday, May 4, 2012 - Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Taubman is proud to present the first major exhibition of Fabergé objects to be shown in western Virginia. Featuring more than 100 objects made by the renowned House of Fabergé, led by Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), all works are from the Hodges Family Collection, assembled by American collector Daniel L. Hodges. Objects range from photograph frames, tableware, desk accessories, boxes, clocks, and jewelry to cigarette cases and smoking accessories. All of the works illustrate the consummate skill of the House of Fabergé and its inimitable use of precious and semi-precious materials to create luxury objects of the highest order.

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Sunday, January 6, 2013

Over the last 12 years, acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky has traveled across the globe to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of oil. His extensive exploration is organized thematically, surveying a “life cycle” of this critical fuel. First, Burtynsky depicts the extraction of oil from the earth. He photographs cities and suburbs dependent upon its availability, and the subcultures that have formed around people’s obsession with motor vehicles and transportation. Finally, he addresses the coming "end of oil"—revealing the consequences of our energy economy, and the dwindling availability of the substance that drives our civilization.

Edward Burtynsky is...

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Saturday, December 29, 2012

In 1972, Harold Little (1940-2011), part-time artist, musician, television performer, and raconteur, resigned his high school teaching position and declared himself a full-time artist. Over the next thirty-five years, he created a remarkable and well-known body of woodcuts, etchings, and paintings that documented both the history and transformation of Fincastle, Roanoke, and the Outer Banks. Less well-known are his intensely personal surreal symbolic landscapes and investigations of religious symbolism. As one of a series of projects highlighting regional artists, the Taubman Museum of Art is proud to present the first retrospective of Little’s work, which includes his devotion to...

Friday, June 8, 2012 - Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wayne White is an artist who defies easy categorization. Spanning film, television, music, and fine art, his work is marked by wry (and often strange) humor and an irreverent whimsical sensibility. While his puppets and set design for Pee-wee’s Playhouse won him three Emmy’s in the 1980s, his fine art projects (including paintings he calls "word pictures") have lately brought him critical attention, including a 400+ page monograph by key collector Todd Oldham. In a project created just for the Taubman, White plans to combine his word works with puppetry in an exhibition that will channel Roanoke's history and engage visitors with with sights, sounds, smells, and interaction. He'll...

Friday, June 8, 2012 - Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Southwestern Virginia pole barn is a structure that symbolizes a sense of place for the region. Artist and Virginia Tech graduate student, Andrew Puhl, photo-documented these structures in their original landscapes for several years - often installing in them intensely colored fluorescent lights. Using the night sky as a backdrop, light adds a "haunted" aura to the images that dislocates a cultural identity that we customarily associate with these structures. The result is visually compelling and surreal.

Friday, June 8, 2012 - Saturday, August 11, 2012

With the collapse of the stock market in 1929 and the Great Depression that followed, America saw more than 45 million citizens cast into abject poverty. In the midst of staggering hardship, the Great Depression also generated a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America's photographic community. At the center of the photographers documenting rural conditions, migrant workers, suffering families, and ravaged landscapes was Dorothea Lange, whose photographs from this era have become icons in American cultural history. This remarkable exhibition examines Lange's strikingly empathetic photographs along with the work of other important socially conscious photographers of the...

Friday, February 10, 2012 - Saturday, June 16, 2012

Constant exploration, questioning, and the search for meaning and transcendence are part of what defines the human experience. Metempsychosis (the title taken from James Joyce's literary masterpiece Ulysses) invites us to look beyond the obvious and search for deeper meaning. By juxtaposing stylistically dissimilar images from different cultural contexts, this exhibit challenges us to look more deeply and draw new conclusions in the world around us.

Friday, March 2, 2012 - Saturday, June 9, 2012

In the 1920s, during a time of growing tensions between the U.S. and Japan, an American educator and missionary was moved by an idea: to promote peace between the two countries by working through their children. The response to his idea was enormous, resulting in a campaign that sent a gift of 12,739 Friendship Dolls from American children in celebration of the Japanese Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) in 1927. The Japanese children responded in kind by sending 58 ornate highly crafted dolls of their own to the U.S. Today, this exhibit seeks to reunite these "Friendship Dolls" from both countries, reminding us of the power of a single idea—and the spirit of children—to act as an...