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Friday, March 18, 2016 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

Exploring the notions of organized chaos, Eye of the Needle features two site-specific installations by renowned contemporary artists, Jonathan Brilliant and Amanda McCavour, created for the Taubman Museum of Art. Using simple readymade materials in complex ways, each artist will address issues of impermanence and fragility in their work.

Jonathan Brilliant, a North Carolina based artist, creates intricate large scale woven sculptures out of coffee stick stirrers and other coffee related implements. Brilliant exploits the inherent strength of coffee stick stirrers by weaving and contorting them into “drawings in space.” Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour...

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016

Considered a revolutionary hero by all, Washington was also a man of deep personal integrity, honor, and patriotism. This exhibition explores the national significance of the legacy of George Washington. Culled from a private collection and key loans from other museums, Portrait of George Washington: The Man, The Soldier, and The President will tell the story of the multi-faceted nature of George Washington through important personal effects, art, and historic objects. Hallmark works of the exhibition include an important painting of George Washington by Charles Willson Peale painted in 1780-82, flanked by two exquisite battle scenes depicting both the...

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present a major exhibition exploring the legendary American illustrator and artist Norman Rockwell and his unparalleled role as an icon-maker and storyteller. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and features original works drawn from its permanent collection. Norman Rockwell (American,1894-1978) painted the best of America, creating indelible images of the lives, hopes, and dreams of Americans in the 20th century. The exhibition includes such beloved and well-known images as Triple Self-Portrait (1960), Girl at Mirror (1954...

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...