Past Exhibitions

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Saturday, January 17, 2015

Featuring over forty works, the Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present an exhibition on artist Annette Nancarrow (American, 1907–1992). Spanning nearly three decades, the exhibition Between Two Worlds: Annette Nancarrow in Mexico and America will highlight her development as an artist across countries and cultures during a pivotal and dynamic time in the 20th century art world. Although less known historically than her artist friends and contemporaries Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Jośe Clemente Orozco, this exhibition will shed remarkable light on her achievements and solidify her place in the development of significant art movements of the time.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sculptor Ralph Eaton’s first large-scale site-specific museum project draws from nearly three decades of “laying bare the absurdities” of our culture’s fascination with “junk.” Commissioned by the Taubman Museum of Art, Fuzzy Kudzu (2013-14) transforms the City of Roanoke Atrium into an otherworldly fantasyland, where a thirty-foot cascade of white furry tendrils made from restructured stuffed animals spills over the central balcony, countering the building’s architecture in ways both welcoming and unsettling. The title of the monumental work refers to the Kudzu plant familiar to any Southerner, an invasive summertime vine that enshrouds anything in its path....

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Beg, Borrow and Steal presents paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations by world renowned Contemporary artists from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida. In 2005, Don and Mera Rubell, legendary collectors and founders of the Rubell Family Collection, had a series of conversations with...

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kevin Jerome Everson (b. 1965) uses the visual language of documentary film to create real fictions that are elegant re-creations of observed but often overlooked reality. For Don’t Need for None, his first solo museum exhibition in Virginia, the internationally acclaimed experimental filmmaker debuts three new short films: Workers Leaving the Job Site (2013), Sound That (2014), and Fe 26 (2014) that represent his continued interest in the gestures and tasks of working class African American culture. The films are also testaments to the changing economic conditions of Everson’s hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, a Mid-western community that...

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Featuring over twenty works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection in a variety of media, Summer Lovin’ highlights images that resonate with our nostalgic impressions of the summer season. Beginning with Memorial Day at the end of May and ending with Labor Day in September, the summer season is a short-lived time for Americans to recharge and relax. The exhibition presents work by artists from the 18th century to present time that touch on favorite activities of the summer season such as family vacations, visits to the beach, seeing fireworks, picnicking, and taking the time to eat favorite summertime snacks such as ice cream and watermelon. From...

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014

Web banner image: Bill Rutherfoord, Deception (Spring), 2008-2013, Oil on linen, 70 x 74", Courtesy of the Artist

Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region presents the culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting and sculptural project by one of the region's most respected artists. Eleven large scale colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol, and form. Inspiration is drawn from artistic and literary figures as divergent as Jean Cocteau, Jasper Johns, and Joel Chandler Harris while historical references extend from Jamestown to Fort Sumter to the BP Gulf oil...

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, September 6, 2014

Web banner image and thumbnail: Jennifer D. Anderson, Design Motif for Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things, 2014, Digital image, Courtesy of the Artist

Jennifer D. Anderson, associate professor of art at Hollins University, works in printmaking, paper cutting and drawing. Her intricately detailed works combine pattern and imagery to reflect on memory and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. For the mural project, Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things Anderson will hand cut intricate stencils that will be printed on the retaining wall outside of Norah's Cafe. Using elements around the museum as inspiration, such as chain link...

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Web banner image: Martin Johnson, Neck (detail), 2013, Mixed media, Courtesy of the Artist

Featuring more than thirty works dating from 1972 to the present, FOR Instance: the Art of Martin Johnson presents a generous cross-section of the artist’s work. His 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. Johnson weaves words and patterns together in a compulsive manner that expresses a...

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Web banner image: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), Le Tandem (detail), 1899, Black and colored crayon on paper, 14” H x 10" W, 35.56 cm x 25.4 cm, Signed upper right with artist's monogram; artist's monogram stamp lower right, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Photo: Travis Fullerton, © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts File: (c)VMFA_85-813_v1_TF201202

From 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...

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Web banner image: Motomichi Nakamura, Passerby (film still), November, 2011, Animated film, 4 minutes 28 seconds, Courtesy of the artist

Motomichi Nakamura is an animator, painter, sculptor, as well as, a VJ and game and toy designer. Influenced by Outsider art, Japanese animation, Dutch graphic design, Latin American street culture and cryptozoology, Nakamura creates work using a limited color palette and minimalist design to create haunting powerful images and films that explore contemporary culture and political issues both large and small. Using only the colors of black, white and red, his deceptively “simple” yet graphically...