Past Exhibitions

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Saturday, January 11, 2014

Rising over 40 feet in the Taubman Museum of Art’s City of Roanoke atrium is a new totem by Roanoke-based artist Ann Glover, her tallest and most ambitious public sculpture to date. Commissioned by the museum as part of its ongoing series of large-scale site works, the piece Myth features four stacked letters spelling out its title, a childlike homage to the mythic stories that we carry with us as we move through the world. The surface of each letter is layered with pieced canvas, paint, and stenciled forms—heads, words, and mysterious characters and scenes. Glover’s sources are cross-cultural and wide-ranging, from old comic books, sideshow banners, and advertising...

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jason Salavon is on the forefront of new media art, and has been for over two decades. With a background in computer programming and software design, he employs the language of digital prints, video, painting, and sculpture to explore scientific systems and technology, as well as aesthetics and art history - all using software of his own design as an image-generating tool.

Salavon's Taubman project, A Seamlessness Between Things (traveling straight from its debut in New York), consists of 10 real-time video projections of synthesized data. This interactive room-sized work takes input from masses of public, communally generated information from the Internet and...

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Saturday, August 31, 2013

For the last two decades, a number of leading-edge artists have pursued figurative work as a way to explore alter egos - ambiguous imaginary selves that express alternate personalities, drives, fears, and desires. Often placed in surreal or magical narratives, these "others" are rendered in hybrid styles that in part are informed by the figural traditions of folk artists, a strategy that uses the authentic or "real" to heighten the fantastic scenarios.

This exhibition features paintings, works on paper, and sculpture by four contemporary artists from across the country who interpret the notion of projected selves in varying ways.

Over the last 10 years, John...

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Saturday, August 24, 2013

For more than 25 years Suzanne Styrk (b. 1953, Chicago IL) has recorded her experiences with nature in sketchbooks that are both journals of walks near her Bristol, Virginia home, and scientific documents of the flora and fauna she observes. These pages have served as foundations for hundreds of mixed-media works that blend the natural history of a place with Stryk's own direct experiences with each environment.

Stryk's first Taubman museum exhibition debuts a new series of assemblages that were inspired by Thomas Jefferson's book Notes on the State of Virginia (1781). Like Jefferson's detailed account in both the places Jefferson described as well as the five...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - Saturday, August 24, 2013

Her Stories is a both a retrospective look at the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, and an overview of some of the most compelling contemporary art being made today from the perspective of South Asian women’s identity. These 43 key artists explore their own cultural identities, and yet this intimate exhibition also examines how cultural expectations, history, and myths affect how we see ourselves in the world today.

This exhibition presents works by established and emerging artists from across the South Asian Diaspora, including the United States, South Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom, all incorporated into a singular room installation that includes...

Friday, March 22, 2013 - Saturday, July 13, 2013

Since 1980, the Mountain Lake Workshop has invited internationally-known artists to collaborate with fellow artists, students, and community residents of Southwest Virginia in the creation of experimental works of art.

Located in Giles County, Virginia, and supported in part by Virginia Tech, the Mountain Lake Workshop project has focused on facilitating community-based art collaborations that engage aspects of contemporary art, Appalachian culture, and social and technological trans-disciplinary planning sessions. Guest artists have for decades brought together the arts and sciences as a way to feed an unexpected and dynamic creative process, resulting in experimental...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, June 1, 2013

John Cage's legacy is far-reaching and profound, inspiring artist around the world with his expansive approach to the artistic process and his unique ability to incorporate music, language, dance, and the visual arts in his experimental practice.

This show features video and film works by two leading-edge artists, each engaging the music of John Cage in different ways.  In Performing Silence (2009), Tyler Adams (b.1980, Los Angeles) brings together 25 found YouTube videos of people "playing" Cage's famous 4'33", a piece comprised of three movements in which the performers are instructed to remain silent. The second work (JC{639}), is by...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, June 1, 2013

Continuing its multi-year focus on American art history, the Taubman Museum of Art presents 50 Great American Artists, a distinguished collection of works that represent some of the best artist from the nineteenth century to the present. Spanning a 135-year period, the 50 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures on view feature key individuals and movements that continue to have an impact on artists and audiences to this day, be they familiar celebrated masters of little known innovative figures whose art deserves a second look.

Included in the group are textbook classics like James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and Andy...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, May 25, 2013

French painter Jean Hélion (1904 - 1987) was a leading figure in the Paris art world in the 1930s, associated with the best abstract artists of his time.  Yet he had vital roots in Virginia, including a studio in Rockbridge Baths.  This unique exhibition tells the story of this artist in 18 works from local collections that span nearly 50 year, a story told from the point of view of guest curator (and painter) Bill White, himself one of the most important artist in the state.

The show maps a man's journey from Paris, to New York then to Rockbridge Baths, where Hélion settled with his American wife from Richmond.  It is a dramatic life story that includes being...

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Saturday, May 18, 2013

As part of a national 2012 celebration of John Cage's centennial year, the Taubman presents John Cage: The Sight of Silence, featuring over 60 watercolors and works on paper created at the Mountain Lake Workshop in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Best known as a groundbreaking composer, musician, and avant-garde thinker, Cage (1912-1992) was also a prolific visual artist who wove Eastern philosophy with elements of chance as a way to free up the creative process.  With additional handwritten musical scores, illustrated notations, and videos of performances also on view, the exhibition provides insight into one of the twentieth century's most unconventional and influential...