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Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Sunday, October 22, 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, 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, September 19, 2015 - Sunday, November 6, 2016

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...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Sunday, September 4, 2016

Selected from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition highlights visitor favorites and new acquisitions from the vault to present a comprehensive sampling of contemporary art. From Petah Coyne’s mixed media sculpture comprised of wax and ribbons to the beautiful, haunting photograph by Australian artist Rosemary Laing of a literally carpeted forest floor, Contemporary Redux will feature several seminal new gifts acquired over the past four years by artists making work today. Contemporary Redux is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections and will be on display in the Contemporary Gallery from January 27 -...

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, April 23, 2016 - Sunday, November 6, 2016

Southwestern Virginia-based artist Eric Standley brings a fresh perspective to the term “cutting edge” with his evocative works created entirely from laser-cut paper, inspired by Islamic and gothic architectural ornamentation. Standley stacks over 200 sheets for many of his pieces, which involve months of planning, drawing, and assembly. Each work created by the artist grows increasingly complex and intricate. The artist says his inspiration comes from a strong attraction to paradoxes and the infinite, working through visual geometry which he somewhat jokingly calls “folk math.” For his presentation at the Taubman Museum of Art, Standley will present Daphne, a new site-...

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, 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)...