Past Exhibitions

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...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Saturday, May 11, 2013

For her first museum show, Roanoke-based artist and Hollins University professor Alison Hall creates an intimate room installation inspired by the early Italian Renaissance artist Giotto (1266 - 1377), specifically the architectural forms, frescos, and mosaic floor patterns found in two churches she has visited annually for the last 12 years. Her works are elegant devotionals that celebrate the light, beauty, and history of a country that she connects with on a personal and aesthetic level.

Image: Alison Hall, La Passeggiata Parallelo (The Parallel Walk), in process in the artist's studio, 2012, graphite, oil, and Venetian plaster on panel, 96 x 77 inches,...

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Saturday, April 13, 2013

This exhibition features a monumental inflated sculpture suspended in the museum Atrium, by Parisian artist Anne Ferrer. The playful undulating form, stitched on site during a two month-long residency, continues Ferrer's interest in using brightly colored sailcloth to create joyous forms that suggest undersea life, French pastry, and the pleasure of floating in air. The show includes working drawings and watercolors of past site-specific installations by this important international artist, whose exhibitions in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris have earned her recent critical notice.

Born in the south of France and based in Paris, Anne Ferrer has a MFA from Yale...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - Saturday, February 23, 2013

The nine regional artists featured in this exhibition present works, varying greatly in medium and materials, which subtly address an array of broad cultural issues including technology, domesticity, and climate, presented in artistic languages that are both representational and abstract.  This selection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs was conceived by Ray Kass, the museum's Adjunct Curator of Southeast American Art. 

In the work of some of the artists, concepts of beauty, space, and color are expressed through materials often assembled with eclectic items found at flea markets.  Many of the artists demonstrate a special interest in tangible...

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nothing signifies the late 20th century expansion and opening up of the traditional art world to a greater extent than the rise to a place of prominence by visionary folk and outsider artists. One of the centers of this revolution in notions of what constitutes art and culture was the Southeastern United States and particularly Appalachia. "Un-usual Folk" explores this watershed moment in American art by pairing selections from the Taubman Museum's permanent collection with pieces drawn from the extensive and expansive collection of respected local collectors Barbara and Rick Moeller. Featuring an array of paintings, pottery, and sculpture by noted artists ranging from Sam Doyle,...

Friday, May 4, 2012 - Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Taubman is proud to present the first major exhibition of Fabergé objects to be shown in western Virginia. Featuring more than 100 objects made by the renowned House of Fabergé, led by Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), all works are from the Hodges Family Collection, assembled by American collector Daniel L. Hodges. Objects range from photograph frames, tableware, desk accessories, boxes, clocks, and jewelry to cigarette cases and smoking accessories. All of the works illustrate the consummate skill of the House of Fabergé and its inimitable use of precious and semi-precious materials to create luxury objects of the highest order.

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Sunday, January 6, 2013

Over the last 12 years, acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky has traveled across the globe to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of oil. His extensive exploration is organized thematically, surveying a “life cycle” of this critical fuel. First, Burtynsky depicts the extraction of oil from the earth. He photographs cities and suburbs dependent upon its availability, and the subcultures that have formed around people’s obsession with motor vehicles and transportation. Finally, he addresses the coming "end of oil"—revealing the consequences of our energy economy, and the dwindling availability of the substance that drives our civilization.

Edward Burtynsky is...

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Saturday, December 29, 2012

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...

Friday, June 8, 2012 - Saturday, September 15, 2012

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...