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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bill Barrett (American, born 1934)
Untitled 1 and 2, 1973
Welded aluminum with brushed aluminum finish
Collection of the Taubman Museum of Art
Gift of Brenner Holdings, LLC. 2014.003 & 2014.004

Bill Barrett is known for his abstract sculptures in steel, aluminum and bronze. Born in Los Angeles, California, he earned his degrees from the University of Michigan. Early influences on Barrett’s work include sculptors Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. Since the mid-1960s, Barrett’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions. His work is also in the the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum in Tokyo...

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - Sunday, July 16, 2017

Judith Leiber (born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary in 1921) creates exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories that blur the boundaries between function and art. Most known for her semi-precious adorned minaudières 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 minaudière in the 1980s, which began the impetus for collection that resulted in a gift of more than 130 minaudières and pillboxes to the Taubman Museum of Art from 2005 to 2008...

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Taubman Museum of Art plans a major exhibition highlighting new gifts of art to its collection, never before seen by the community. The exhibition, Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection honors individuals who graciously helped build the museum’s core educational resource: its collection of renowned art. Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection debuts new work given by donors, many of whom are from the region (known as Neighbors) and presents both regional and nationally known artists (known as Friends). The museum also sees the exhibition as a way to engage new audiences to the museum, thereby engaging new “friends” and “...

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...

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present a major site-specific fabric installation by nationally recognized artist Rachel B. Hayes that merges the artist’s fascination with notions of fragility and power, painting and quilt making, and the interplay of light and shadow. Inspired by the unique architecture of the Taubman’s three-story atrium designed by Randall Stout, Hayes will create a suspended fabric sculpture exclusively out of multi-colored nylon, light gels, and thread. Hayes’ Not Fade Away will occupy an ambitious footprint extending eighty feet from the ground level and will act as a canopy over the 1,000-square-foot atrium floor. Appearing as a massively...

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 accoutrements 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 readied with a comb and good intentions attempted to...

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,...

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Sunday, January 29, 2017

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, 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. Exhibition support is provided in part by First Citizens Bank and Trust and Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson Jr. Charitable Foundation Trust. Legacies will be on...

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016

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...