Past Exhibitions

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.

Friday, June 3, 2011 - Sunday, August 14, 2011
Members Preview: Thursday, June 2, 2011
For years, Tim Tate has established himself as a skilled glass artist, 
and one whose work seems to draw more from tattoo art and the science lab than from the history of blown and cast objects. His latest work is a curious hybrid, an unexpected combination of craft and technology, what he calls “self-contained video installations.” Over the last three years, this Washington D.C.-based artist has attracted critical attention for his group of sculptures that look at the past through the lens of new media. These objects are intimate glass reliquaries that each contain a tiny video screen with a short looped film, along with ambient soundtrack. Lately, these films have become for Tate...
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - Sunday, August 7, 2011

Helene Steene is an artist drawn to line, form, and color. The level of abstraction varies in her works, but she has stated that she is always searching for inner beauty and a harmonious balance of elements. Several of the pieces on display were inspired by the landscape and colors of the Greek island Paros, where the artist has a home and visits periodically. Steene works with diverse medias including oil, acrylic, encaustic, monotypes, collage, fiber, although most of the works on view here at the Taubman combine sand, metal, acrylic, oil and marble dust—a media that reminds her of the white marble dusted buildings of Greece. The saturated colors, depth of texture and...

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Sunday, April 24, 2011
Members Preview: Friday, February 4, 2011

This exhibition features 35 contemporary quilts by the members of Quilt Art, an international group of 22 quiltmaking artists. The group has exhibited in Japan, Canada and across Europe, making Quilt Art: International Expressions here at the Taubman the premier exhibition in the United States. The artists are highly informed about traditional quilting techniques and practices; however these quilts are the result of conscious decisions made to develop new modes of working with cloth. Each artist has been influenced by her unique background of artistic experience, method and nationality and these differences are celebrated in the diversity of the quilts. While some artists...

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Sunday, April 24, 2011
Members Preview: Friday, February 4, 2011

First serialized as a weekly column in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories. The Night Bookmobile is a haunting tale of both transcendence and the passion for books, and features the evocative full-color pen-and-ink work of one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.

The Night...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - Sunday, April 3, 2011
Members Preview: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Commissioned by the Taubman Museum of Art, Rise Up Roanoke is a temporary public art project by regional artist Charlie Brouwer.  Designed to symbolize the strength, unity and diversity of our community, hundreds of ladders will "rise up" in the museum's first floor atrium to form the shape of the famed Roanoke star.

Rise Up Roanoke is the latest in a series of public art projects Brouwer has been creating with communities.  These projects are designed to bring the art and artist into closer contact with his audience - especially new audiences.  He does this by inviting all parts of the community to help create a sculptural metaphor for itself...