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Saturday, August 27, 2016 - Sunday, January 22, 2017

A major posthumous exhibition honoring artists in Southwestern, Virginia who shaped our artistic landscape today. The artists represented highlight the very best of our community from the 1800s to the very recent past. Working in a variety of media, their work exemplifies the rich and fertile ground that we call home.

Legacies: Honoring Artistic Luminaries from Southwestern Virginia is curated by Amy Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Taubman Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view August 27, 2016 – January 22, 2017 in the Special Exhibition Gallery.

Exhibition thumbnail image: Walter Biggs (American, 1886-1968) Illustration for "Girl...

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017

This exhibition features inventive examples of fantasy art shoes chosen from the Weitzman collection, remarkable for their imaginative construction and elaborate adornment. Each delicate shoe is constructed from unexpected materials such as bronze, ceramic, wire, Plexiglas, and corrugated cardboard. Other shoes are noteworthy for their surfaces, embellished with feathers, gems, and cake frosting. “While delighting the eye, the shoes will provide our visitors wonderful opportunities to see notable artists transforming functional objects into whimsical and humorous art. No pair is alike and each one sparks the imagination,” comments Amy G. Moorefield, Taubman Museum of Art Deputy Director of Exhibitions...

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Sunday, February 5, 2017

In honor of Howard Finster’s 100th birthday, the Taubman Museum of Art will present a major focus on the artistic output of the Reverend Howard Finster (1916-2001). Culled from the museum’s collection along with several loans, the exhibition highlights Finster’s achievements as America’s most well known folk artist.

Happy Birthday, Howard! The Amazing World of the Reverend Howard Finster is curated by Amy Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Taubman Museum of Art and Brian Sieveking, Adjunct Curator of Outsider Art. Funding has been provided in part by Sally and Walter Rugaber. This exhibition will be on view September 17, 2016 - January 15, 2017 in...

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present a major solo exhibition on African-American multimedia artist Sonya Clark (American, Born 1967). Throughout her career, Clark’s work has featured hair and combs in the place of more traditional fibers and art making materials. She uses them to speak meaningfully about cultural heritage, gender, beauty standards, race, and identity while transforming hair accouterments into sculptural objects. Preoccupied with the texture, styling and politics of black hair, Clark’s personal connection to the comb began like that of nearly every young girl, squirming on a chair while an adult armed with a comb and good intentions attempted to bring order to the disorder on...

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Sunday, June 4, 2017

Radford, Virginia based artist Alison Pack’s work is based on telling stories through imagery that present stereotypes, misconceptions and clichés of womanhood. Her intimately scaled copper and sterling silver sculptures are created by the traditional metal working processes of shell forming, raising, fabrication and casting to create humorous fantasies referencing femininity and food. As a traditional southern girl, Pack was told that tools were considered inappropriate for a female. Ironically, the development of her hand-skills through sawing, filing and forming proved to be powerful expressions of her femininity and sexuality as well as commemorative pieces enabling her to remember some of her life...

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tying exhibitions to works in our collection, the museum will present a spotlight exhibition on the work of renowned artist Romare Bearden. The complex and colorful art of Bearden (1911-1988) is autobiographical and metaphorical. Rooted in the history of Western, African, and Asian art, as well as in literature and music, Bearden found his primary motifs in his personal experiences rooted in the life of his community.

Romare Bearden: Pictures of America is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Taubman Museum of Art. This exhibition will be on view from January 28 - June 3, 2017 in the Bank of America/Dominion Resources Gallery.