In 1972, Harold Little (1940-2011), part-time artist, musician, television performer, and raconteur, resigned his high school teaching position and declared himself a full-time artist. Over the next thirty-five years, he created a remarkable and well-known body of woodcuts, etchings, and paintings that documented both the history and transformation of Fincastle, Roanoke, and the Outer Banks. Less well-known are his intensely personal surreal symbolic landscapes and investigations of religious symbolism. As one of a series of projects highlighting regional artists, the Taubman Museum of Art is proud to present the first retrospective of Little’s work, which includes his devotion to...
Wayne White is an artist who defies easy categorization. Spanning film, television, music, and fine art, his work is marked by wry (and often strange) humor and an irreverent whimsical sensibility. While his puppets and set design for Pee-wee’s Playhouse won him three Emmy’s in the 1980s, his fine art projects (including paintings he calls "word pictures") have lately brought him critical attention, including a 400+ page monograph by key collector Todd Oldham. In a project created just for the Taubman, White plans to combine his word works with puppetry in an exhibition that will channel Roanoke's history and engage visitors with with sights, sounds, smells, and interaction. He'll...
The Southwestern Virginia pole barn is a structure that symbolizes a sense of place for the region. Artist and Virginia Tech graduate student, Andrew Puhl, photo-documented these structures in their original landscapes for several years - often installing in them intensely colored fluorescent lights. Using the night sky as a backdrop, light adds a "haunted" aura to the images that dislocates a cultural identity that we customarily associate with these structures. The result is visually compelling and surreal.
With the collapse of the stock market in 1929 and the Great Depression that followed, America saw more than 45 million citizens cast into abject poverty. In the midst of staggering hardship, the Great Depression also generated a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America's photographic community. At the center of the photographers documenting rural conditions, migrant workers, suffering families, and ravaged landscapes was Dorothea Lange, whose photographs from this era have become icons in American cultural history. This remarkable exhibition examines Lange's strikingly empathetic photographs along with the work of other important socially conscious photographers of the...
Constant exploration, questioning, and the search for meaning and transcendence are part of what defines the human experience. Metempsychosis (the title taken from James Joyce's literary masterpiece Ulysses) invites us to look beyond the obvious and search for deeper meaning. By juxtaposing stylistically dissimilar images from different cultural contexts, this exhibit challenges us to look more deeply and draw new conclusions in the world around us.
In the 1920s, during a time of growing tensions between the U.S. and Japan, an American educator and missionary was moved by an idea: to promote peace between the two countries by working through their children. The response to his idea was enormous, resulting in a campaign that sent a gift of 12,739 Friendship Dolls from American children in celebration of the Japanese Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) in 1927. The Japanese children responded in kind by sending 58 ornate highly crafted dolls of their own to the U.S. Today, this exhibit seeks to reunite these "Friendship Dolls" from both countries, reminding us of the power of a single idea—and the spirit of children—to act as an...
Vestiges of the Berlin Wall, remains of Holocaust sites, boundary lines, past battlefields, meteor impact craters, ruins of fortresses and abandoned colonial buildings come to life in this exhibit. Cohen has documented “the earth of our past as a record of memory, not as an act of witness” with over 100 starkly moving, almost poetic photographs.
Organized by the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University.
Perhaps best know for his "Foamhenge" creation in Natural Bridge and other vibrant and whimsical roadside attractions, local artist Marc Cline unleashes his larger-than-life imagination upon the Taubman. With outrageous installations accompanied by original illustrations, concept drawings, and photographs that offer insight into the artist's unique creative process, this is an exhibition that's sure to be fun for the entire family. Disclaimer: no actual dinosaurs or monsters were harmed in the staging of this exhibition.
Celebrating Photography in the 125th Year of The Roanoke Times
Liberated from archives, pulled from the pages of recent publications and websites, the works on view are not meant to trace a thorough, historical timeline of the Roanoke Valley. Rather, the selection was based on photographic excellence. While the photographs on view were meant to be accompanied by text, be it in an article, caption, or interview, they essentially stand alone as a product of the intersection of art and journalism.
In presenting these works in the museum, we blur the distinction between photojournalism and the fine art of photography and ultimately change how we appreciate...
WATCH IT! is a vibrant showcase of contemporary video art that is an
international cross section and celebration of 50 years of video art
production. If you’ve never seen video art (Laurie Anderson, William
Wegman and Nam June Paik are some of its pioneers), you must see this
Video artists selected for WATCH IT! include Moreshin Allahyari, Youngsuk L. Altieri, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Joseph Kraemer, David Mills, Eleen Mueller, Edward Ramsay-Morin, Leyla Rodriguez & Cristian Straub, S/N Coalition, Arie Syarifuddin, Jeff Thompson, Ellen Wetmore, Brooke White, and Pinar Yoldas.
WATCH IT! is produced in association with the New Media...