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Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Sunday, May 1, 2016

Self-taught artist Scott “Toobz” Noel is well known in the Roanoke community for his immense murals at popular destinations across the Valley. His colorful and surreal work references his early fascination with graffiti art as well as his challenges from being color blind. The Taubman Museum of Art is delighted to commission the artist to create a one-of-a-kind mural highlighting his long-term fascination with horses and ancient cave paintings for the museum’s outside patio wall and along the underpass on Norfolk Avenue. Noel’s mural will present an abstracted view of many galloping horses merged into one massive mythical horse charging around the museum’s patio wall and alongside...

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sarah Hazlegrove: Tobacco People documents an intensive four year international journey that sent one of the region's foremost photographers around the world documenting the changing faces of individuals and communities engaged in the rapidly disappearing world of tobacco cultivation. Shot entirely on location without the aid of specialized equipment or postproduction digital effects, Hazlegrove’s dramatic and moving images combine elements of the formal portraiture of Richard Avedon with the journalistic style of photo documentary legends Walker Evans and Robert Frank. From sweeping landscapes to captivating glimpses of everyday commerce and intimate portraits, Hazlegrove...

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, February 21, 2016

John James Audubon: Swift Birds of Passage presents over fifty works on paper and two rare copper plates by American artist and self-taught scientist John James Audubon (French, Born in Haiti, 1785-1851). Organized by three museums, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, the Taubman Museum of Art, and Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, the exhibition presents rare Audubon prints of birds which are native to or migratory through the Southeastern region of the United States. Audubon, a lover of nature from an early age, was taken with the American landscape, and particularly with its birds. Though he had little formal training, he had...

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - Sunday, January 10, 2016

Salt Marsh Suite is a collaborative, inter-media art installation and contemporary dance performance that is based in fieldwork, data collection, and close observation in a North Carolina coastal estuary. The project combines art, science, and technology in an immersive environment, engaging the audience in the beautiful, almost magical qualities of the marsh and the life within it, while giving a sense of its vulnerability. The suite includes five overlapping “movements”: water, mud, crabs, birds, and grass. Each movement weaves together light, imagery, data, and subdued, ambient sound, hinting at the way attentive observation and presence becomes its own, experiential...

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, January 3, 2016

Fortune, Courage, Love: Arts of Africa’s Akan and Kuba Kingdoms from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts highlights the spectacular arts of African royalty. Culled from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ extensive collection of African art, this exhibit presents a wide-ranging view of the cultural history and art of Africa. Linking history, statesmanship, and tradition, this exhibition will focus on the extraordinary design of regalia and related arts of the Kuba kingdom in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Djenne people of Mali, and the kingdoms of Ghana’s Akan people.

Before the period of European colonialism, Central Africa witnessed the growth of many cultures...

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Virginia of multi-media artist Jiha Moon (Korean, Born 1973). Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China uniting them with Western elements to investigate the multi-faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. Featuring over fifty works, Moon blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds© and smart phone Emojis which float alongside Asian tigers and Indian Gods, in compositions that appear both...

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Transient Beauty: Photographs by Audrey Flack is culled from the museum’s permanent collection and offers a first time look at a series of dye transfer photographs created in 1983 by New York-based artist Audrey Flack (American, born 1931). A pioneer of the Photorealism art movement, Flack created these works, often as studies for her large scale paintings, with almost microscopic detail while capturing the optical realism one would see if looking through a camera lens.

Flack used the dye transfer printing process, which is composed with color plates, each one holding areas of cyan, magenta, or yellow respectively. The four plates, printed one after the other...

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015

Composed of twenty-four woodcuts by renowned Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents the artist’s most representative and well-known series: New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, A Mirror of Strange Tales from China and Japan and Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839-1892) is widely recognized as the last master of Ukiyo-e, a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. When he was...

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

A master of metamorphoses, Vik Muniz (Brazilian, Born 1961) presents familiar yet startling reconstructions combining drawing, sculpture, and photography. Over twenty years, Muniz has gained international renown for masterfully creating reproductions from the canons of art history and the archives of popular culture. His reconstructions are created from nontraditional materials such as soil, chocolate syrup, magazine clippings, industrial refuse, garbage, and diamonds. Muniz successfully juggles both the function and meaning of the materials, coaxing interplay between the two. Viewers may delight in the ingenuity of the constructed image, and delve into multiple layers of meaning...

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - Sunday, August 2, 2015

Featuring more than 50 works from the permanent collection, this exhibition focuses on reuniting our visitors with some of the most compelling and historically significant works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s holdings. Many of the works included in Reunion are destination pieces that people travel great distances to view, but of late have been in storage or loaned to other museums for important nationally touring shows. Like the collection, half of the work presented is light sensitive work on paper, meaning that a number of pieces will be rotated in and out, giving viewers a chance to see new work periodically through the run of the exhibition. From tiny couture...