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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 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...

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 “...

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, 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...