Past Exhibitions

Friday, February 10, 2012 - Sunday, April 1, 2012

Perhaps best know for his "Foamhenge" creation in Natural Bridge and other vibrant and whimsical roadside attractions, local artist Marc Cline unleashes his larger-than-life imagination upon the Taubman. With outrageous installations accompanied by original illustrations, concept drawings, and photographs that offer insight into the artist's unique creative process, this is an exhibition that's sure to be fun for the entire family. Disclaimer: no actual dinosaurs or monsters were harmed in the staging of this exhibition.

Friday, September 16, 2011 - Sunday, March 4, 2012

Celebrating Photography in the 125th Year of The Roanoke Times

Liberated from archives, pulled from the pages of recent publications and websites, the works on view are not meant to trace a thorough, historical timeline of the Roanoke Valley. Rather, the selection was based on photographic excellence. While the photographs on view were meant to be accompanied by text, be it in an article, caption, or interview, they essentially stand alone as a product of the intersection of art and journalism.

In presenting these works in the museum, we blur the distinction between photojournalism and the fine art of photography and ultimately change how we appreciate...

Friday, December 2, 2011 - Saturday, February 25, 2012

WATCH IT! is a vibrant showcase of contemporary video art that is an international cross section and celebration of 50 years of video art production. If you’ve never seen video art (Laurie Anderson, William Wegman and Nam June Paik are some of its pioneers), you must see this exhibit.
Video artists selected for WATCH IT! include Moreshin Allahyari, Youngsuk L. Altieri, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Joseph Kraemer, David Mills, Eleen Mueller, Edward Ramsay-Morin, Leyla Rodriguez & Cristian Straub, S/N Coalition, Arie Syarifuddin, Jeff Thompson, Ellen Wetmore, Brooke White, and Pinar Yoldas.
WATCH IT! is produced in association with the New Media...

Friday, September 16, 2011 - Friday, December 30, 2011


In an exhibit that the New York Times labeled "must be seen to be believed," dancer and visual artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with the musician of the same name) debuts his hand-sewn collection of Soundsuits. The outfits are wearable art that draws on elements as diverse as African ceremonial garb and runway haute couture, and their aesthetics alone are worth a gander; but it's once the suits start to move that the real magic happens. Cave's design expertise, combined with his penchant for found materials, results in suits that, when worn, produce sounds both ethereal and spooky.

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the...

Friday, September 16, 2011 - Sunday, November 20, 2011
Nest is a new media installation that plays with the notions of home, technology and the natural world—a world that is all too often only experienced through the intervention of media. This exhibit will combine “nest” sculptures with animated projections and a background soundtrack to create an intimate environment.
Friday, September 16, 2011 - Sunday, October 30, 2011

The privately held Becker Collection, now digitally archived at Boston College, contains approximately 650 previously unexhibited drawings by mid-19th-century American artist-reporters Joseph Becker and colleagues.

On assignment for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, the era's leading illustrated periodical, a group of so-called Special Artists accompanied Union troops during the Civil War to produce firsthand drawings for publication, giving a glimpse into the life of an artist embedded within the armed forces.

Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection is curated by Judith Bookbinder and Sheila Gallagher and the traveling...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - Sunday, October 2, 2011

"Nature and the Non-Objective Realm" is a re-installation of the Taubman’s Contemporary Gallery based on photography, painting and sculpture by artists who are represented in the Taubman Museum's permanent collection or have works that are designated as "promised gifts" to the Taubman Museum of Art. The selection is comprised of exemplary works by mostly southeastern artists and emphasizes the relationship between early modern figurative and landscape traditions, and the successive development of abstract and non-objective styles in contemporary art.

The exhibition includes works by Walter Darby Bannard, Jake Berthot, Isabel Bigelow, Steven Bickley, Lyle Bonge (1929 -...

Friday, June 3, 2011 - Sunday, August 28, 2011
Members Preview: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Kiel Johnson’s works are meticulous homages to near-obsolete machines. Based in LA, Johnson embraces 
his signature industrial cardboard to create objects of exacting detail, high skill from low material. Polaroid cameras, boom boxes with cassette tapes, microphones—all are made by hand to reinforce the tactile that has been lost in these times of virtual technology. The centerpiece of the show will be his life-sized faux printing press. Entitled Publish or Perish, the boxy sculpture is composed of a series of cardboard tubes along with a bank of fake batteries to “power” it, a nod to his memories of hearing his newspaper publisher father’s presses humming. His fascination with things...
Friday, June 3, 2011 - Sunday, August 28, 2011
Members Preview: Thursday, June 2, 2011
In the words of the artist: “Language has accounted for the image, the subject and the source of my work for a long time. An academic background in comparative linguistics, applied linguistics, and Spanish and French provided a rigorous method and discipline for scrutinizing the smallest mechanisms by which language operates and for dissecting and analyzing almost invisible components of language. But academia did not furnish a sympathetic framework or audience for investigating and presenting alternative ideas about language which came from digging around in it and excavating unorthodox and previously unnoticed sub-systems which operate independently of authorized rules. Because many...
Friday, June 3, 2011 - Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Influence Project is a collaborative exhibit that gives you the power to influence a virtual work of art. The artwork will continue to change as it is influenced by its participants. Check out the progress and get started now! Go to and Paint Your Part.

The Influence Project is sponsored by Xcellos and InterActive Achievement.