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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Transient Beauty: Photographs by Audrey Flack is culled from the museum’s permanent collection and offers a first time look at a series of dye transfer photographs created in 1983 by New York-based artist Audrey Flack (American, born 1931). A pioneer of the Photorealism art movement, Flack created these works, often as studies for her large scale paintings, with almost microscopic detail while capturing the optical realism one would see if looking through a camera lens.

Flack used the dye transfer printing process, which is composed with color plates, each one holding areas of cyan, magenta, or yellow respectively. The four plates, printed one after the other...

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015

Composed of twenty-four woodcuts by renowned Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents the artist’s most representative and well-known series: New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, A Mirror of Strange Tales from China and Japan and Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839-1892) is widely recognized as the last master of Ukiyo-e, a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. When he was...

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

A master of metamorphoses, Vik Muniz (Brazilian, Born 1961) presents familiar yet startling reconstructions combining drawing, sculpture, and photography. Over twenty years, Muniz has gained international renown for masterfully creating reproductions from the canons of art history and the archives of popular culture. His reconstructions are created from nontraditional materials such as soil, chocolate syrup, magazine clippings, industrial refuse, garbage, and diamonds. Muniz successfully juggles both the function and meaning of the materials, coaxing interplay between the two. Viewers may delight in the ingenuity of the constructed image, and delve into multiple layers of meaning...

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - Sunday, August 2, 2015

Featuring more than 50 works from the permanent collection, this exhibition focuses on reuniting our visitors with some of the most compelling and historically significant works from the Taubman Museum of Art’s holdings. Many of the works included in Reunion are destination pieces that people travel great distances to view, but of late have been in storage or loaned to other museums for important nationally touring shows. Like the collection, half of the work presented is light sensitive work on paper, meaning that a number of pieces will be rotated in and out, giving viewers a chance to see new work periodically through the run of the exhibition. From tiny couture...

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Saturday, May 30, 2015

A tender tribute by the artist to the everyday observations of life, the exhibition premieres fifteen new works comprised of a diverse range of media such as animated video projections, graphite, thread and found objects by Southwestern Virginia artist and teacher Jennifer L. Hand. Things Held Dear captures the artist’s intimate moments from documenting her morning meal to walks along Claytor Lake with her beloved dog. Hand comments, “This work is part of an exploration into the mystery and potential spirituality of everyday life. ‘Things held dear’ are the simple events that carry us through our days. Quiet, repetitive things such as pulling weeds, or eating breakfast...

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015

Keeper’s Keep is composed of sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings, and sketchbooks that chart Aggie Zed’s unique working methods in a variety of media. Born in Charleston and raised among farm animals on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Zed graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in painting and sculpture. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Richmond and, later, Gordonsville, Virginia, where she lives and works today.

Derived from the title of one of the artist’s works, Keeper’s Keep alludes to British usage of the term “keeper” for “curator,” and plays on the double meaning of “keep” as both noun and verb. Aggie Zed is a...

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, May 23, 2015

War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Renewal is a unique word and image exhibition that combines the poetry of Walt Whitman, the Liljenquist Collection Civil War Portraits from the Library of Congress, and photographs made with both old and very new photographic processes. The exhibition probes the question, "How do Americans remember war?" with soldiers' portraits developed in the flesh of leaves, battlefield landscapes photographed using nineteenth-century technologies, and war poems of intimate reflection.

"The real war will never get in the books," Whitman declared, citing the "interior history" of "the actual soldier of 1862-'65, North and South, with...

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Saturday, May 2, 2015

In 2001, Sally Mann began a series that focused on how our landscape is haunted with the memory of war. Her travels brought her to many of the Civil War battlefields,  from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Antietam, Maryland, where she documented the various sites on which heavy losses occurred. Due to the photographic process and her aesthetic intent, the landscapes appear darkly mysterious, somber and often difficult to identify, enigmas that viewers must interpret for themselves. Her discovery of her father’s passion for photographing the decaying vestiges of the South and her firsthand experience of witnessing death on her property became the deeply-rooted impetus for...

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro: Generations showcases the work of father and son, acknowledged masters of the photographic medium. From Paul Caponigro’s darkroom mastery and deeply mystical black-and-white images, to John Paul Caponigro’s digital wizardry and vividly colorful surrealism, the exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the art and craft of photography employed by both artists.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1932, Paul Caponigro is widely recognized as one of the great landscape photographers. His work is now in countless museum collections including Yale University Art Gallery and The Museum Of Modern Art. He is the...

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Saturday, March 21, 2015

Roanoke-based artist Gerry Bannan (American, born 1964) creates a feast for the eyes with his lushly sensuous new series of large scale drawings, hearkening back to the 16th and 17th century Northern European still life genre painting theme of Vanitas. Translated from the Latin word meaning vanity, hallmarks of this artistic genre include depicting symbols associated with death and the futility of earthly pleasures. The Taubman Museum of Art is honored to premiere Bannan’s new series Vanitas featuring nine drawings and two still life tableaus for the first time to the Roanoke community. Working exclusively with BIC Cristal...