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Taubman Museum Presents Earthly Delights: Judith Leiber Handbags and Other Upcoming 2014 Exhibits

Nov 21, 2013

See the redesign of the Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman Gallery featuring never before displayed works from the Judith Leiber collection.  Judith Leiber creates exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories that blur the boundaries between function and art. Most known for her semi-precious adorned minaudiéres or compact occasion cases, her oeuvre includes day bags, belts and pillboxes. The Leiber bags on view in the Shaftman Gallery are the result of the immense philanthropic generosity of a Roanoke based couple Sydney and Rosalie Krisch Shaftman. Sydney Shaftman gave his wife Rosalie a Leiber minaudiére in the 1980s, which began the impetus for collection that resulted in a gift of more than 130 minaudiéres and pillboxes to the Taubman Museum of Art from 2005 to 2008. Among the collection are two custom minaudiéres Mr. Shaftman commissioned Leiber to create for his wife, including an Inrō, inspired by Japanese nesting boxes with her name “Rosalie” set with gold and a clutch with a star and the name of her hometown “Roanoke” emblazed with white crystals on a jet beaded background.

Considered one of the largest repositories of Judith Leiber bags in the United States, the Taubman Museum of Art is deeply indebted to the Shaftmans for their incredible generosity. Named in the donors’ honor, the Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman Gallery is a favorite for visitors.

The grand re-opening of the Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman Gallery will debut works from the collection never before displayed at the Taubman Museum of Art beginning November 23, 2013. 

The Leiber collection will continute to be rotated and refreshed frequently.

Credits, from top, courtesy of the Taubman Museum of Art:
Judith Leiber, Snowy Owl Minuadiere, ca. 2000; Multicolored Swarovski crystals, jet, gold plated metal; Gift of Rosalie and Sydney Shaftman; 2008.085
Judith Leiber, Miser’s Purse Handbag, 1996; Swarovski crystals, silver metal; Gift of Rosalie and Sydney Shaftman; 008.011
Judith Leiber, Fan Handbag, 1989; Swarovski crystals, jet, gold plated metal, silk tassel handle; Gift of Rosalie and Sydney Shaftman; 2008.032
Judith Leiber, Pug Dog Handbag, 1988; Multicolored Swarovski crystals, jet, onyx, semi-precious stones, gold plated metal; Gift of Rosalie and Sydney Shaftman; 2008.046

Also Opening this Winter:

upcoming exhibitsFrom Picasso to Magritte: European Masters from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts re-examines one of art history’s most popular time periods through an array of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures created by some of the most preeminent artists in Europe. Artists include Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Paul Cézanne, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh.  This exhibition was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with assistance by Leila Cartier, Curator of the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia. It will be on display in the Bank of America Foundation / Dominion Resources Gallery January 25 – August 23, 2014.

Motomichi Nakamura: Crypto-animation presents multimedia works by artist Motomichi Nakamura who uses a limited color palette and minimalist design to create haunting powerful images and films that explore contemporary culture and political issues. Nakamura is an animator, painter, sculptor, and game and toy designer. Crypto-animation will feature a range of Nakamura’s artistic endeavors, including seven animated videos ranging from the music video Blame to energetic ads for the Japan Cuts film festival and selections from his epic Journeys of Puro. The exhibit is organized by Brian Sieveking, Adjunct Curator of Folk and Outsider Art and will be on display in the Media Lab Gallery February 1 - May 31, 2014.

The Great Road: Contemporary Wood-fired Ceramics presents the work of nine contemporary artists whose work and lives have been influenced by generations of ceramic artists who came before them. The Great Road was the name of the specific route that passed through Roanoke. This exhibition includes the work of Rob Barnard, Josh Copus, Kevin Crowe, Judith Duff, Dan Finnegan, Naomi Dalglish, Michael Hunt, Mark Hewitt, and Michael Kline, nine contemporary potters who reside in the same geographic regions of these old trade routes. The exhibit is organized by Donna Polseno, Adjunct Curator of Ceramic Art and will be on view in the David R. and Susan S. Goode Gallery February 15 - May 17, 2014.

upcoming exhibitsMaking American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy casts new light on both the history of American art and the formation its cultural ideals. The exhibition reveals the visual styles, standards of decorum, and repertoire of knowledge that came to represent cultural refinement to 19th century Americans. Specially, well known artists such as Benjamin West (1738-1820), William Sydney Mount (1807-1868), Eastman Johnson (1824- 1906) among other artists during that time used paintings and objects as powerful mechanisms to tell stories about America and the formulation of ideas of taste. This exhibition will be on view in the Medical Facilities of America Gallery and the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery February 22 - May 17, 2014.
This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition was organized and the accompanying volume published with generous support from Michael Reslan, the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles, the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the New York Community Trust Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin Fund, Larry K. Clark, and the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation. 

For Instance: the Art of Martin Johnson features more than thirty works created by the artist dating from 1972 to the present. Johnson’s intense and energetically charged pieces, created in both two and three dimensions, combine recycled found objects and shapes, densely woven patterns, text, and language games that improvise visual puns. They tempt the eye and the ear of the viewer to enter Johnson’s universe of pure free association. The exhibit is organized by Ray Kass, Adjunct Curator of Southeastern American Art and will be on display in the Contemporary Gallery March 1 - August 23, 2014.

Thank You, the Ninth Annual Women's Luncheon Was a Great Success

Nov 13, 2013

The Ninth Annual Women's Luncheon raised $225,000. A sold out crowd of close to 800 people at the Hotel Roanoke and about 100 people in the museum's Black Box Theatre saw local leaders honored and former First Lady Laura Bush speak about literacy, education, and her time in the White House.

Two local women were honored for their community contributions: 
Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, received the Ann Fralin Award.
Roanoke County Superintendent, Dr. Lorraine Lange, was honored with the Art Venture award. 

The two local women honored for their community contributions were: 

  • Nancy Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, received the Ann Fralin Award
  • Roanoke County Superintendent, Dr. Lorraine Lange, was honored with the Art Venture award

Roanoke Times

Laura Bush Advocates Literacy at Taubman Museum Fundraiser by Mike Allen

Laura Bush’s Talk at Taubman Touts Literacy (photo gallery) by Rebecca Barnett

Previous to the Event

WSLS's John Carlin Covered the Museum in a Five-Part Series "The State of the Taubman"

Table Hosts

Taubman Museum Continues to Offer Free Admission Thanks to a $75,000 Gift from Advance Auto Parts

Oct 24, 2013

Roanoke, Va. (October 24, 2013) – The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to announce that it will continue to offer free admission to the museum after receiving a generous gift of $75,000 from Advance Auto Parts. In October 2012 a $150,000 contribution from Advance Auto Parts enabled the museum to begin offering free general admission to the public.

“This gift supports everyone who resides in and visits the Roanoke region,” says Executive Director of the Taubman Museum of Art Della Watkins.

kids scuptingSuch support helps the Taubman Museum of Art increase the scope and origin of the art placed on view; as well, gifts help with the development of museum programming for children and adults through the museum school, Art Venture, resource lounge, and summer camps.

The Taubman Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Additional hours include Art by Night (first Friday of each month) from 5 to 9pm and Thursday Night Live(every Thursday) from 5 to 9pm. To learn about current and future exhibits,please visit, or call 540.342.5760.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Advance Auto Parts is a leading retailer of automotive parts, accessories, and maintenance items. The company was founded by the Taubman family in 1932. Contact: Bryan Hantman Taubman Museum of Art 540.204.4131

Taubman Museum Announces This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Sep 27, 2013

Roanoke, Va. (September 26, 2013) – The Taubman Museum of Art opened This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement on September 21, which runs through Saturday, January 14.

The exhibit presents the work of nine photographers from diverse backgrounds who in the 1960s lived and photographed from within the Southern Freedom Movement. They were "movement photographers," decidedly distinct from news photographers, and their images reflect that difference. 

This Light of Ours Photo

Seven photographed for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the only civil rights organization with its own photography department. The other two photographed for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

SNCC emerged from student protest that erupted on February 1, 1960, in Greensboro, North Carolina, when four black students refused to leave a Woolworth department store lunch counter after being denied service. This grassroots approach to organizing has been captured in this exhibit. These are photographs from inside the movement and from the bottom up. They portray community life as well as protest. 

Although this exhibit mainly focuses on SNCC's work and on the battleground states of Mississippi and Alabama during the years 1963-1966, these photographs shine a light that reveals the inner life of the whole southern freedom struggle. 

The exhibit is organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art, and is supported by the Bruce W. Bastian Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  

In addition to This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, the Taubman Museum of Art is showing Yoko Ono Imagine Peace: Featuring John & Yoko's Year of Peace, REUNION: Highlights of the Collection, Myth: Ann Glover, and Ambiguity and Interface: Art Across the Spectrum.


Bryan Hantman
Taubman Museum of Art

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The 3D Printer Has Arrived!

Mar 30, 2012

Since this past summer I have been collaborating with Dr. Chris Williams at DREAMS Lab, Virginia Tech, and his student team, to bring a 3D printer into the Art Venture area. This gives the community an opportunity to learn how 3D printing is used in art, architecture, and engineering, as well as see the printer in action!

A 3D Printer can print almost any shape. By building a part layer-by-layer, a 3D Printer can make shapes that are impossible to make by any other method. It takes 20-45 minutes to print an object on the Makerbot Replicator depending on size. We will have a variety of examples on display in Art Venture as well as literature to read more about how a 3D printer works. During opening day, the DREAMS Lab team will be demonstrating 3D printing in our studio classroom so everyone can get a closer look and have all their questions answered. On subsequent Saturdays we will have designated demonstrations times.

Cindy Petersen
Director of School and Community Based Education

Jacob Moore, DREAMS Lab at Virginia Tech, installs the Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer in Art Venture.