Upcoming Exhibitions

Dates subject to change
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present a major site-specific fabric installation by nationally recognized artist Rachel B. Hayes that merges the artist’s fascination with notions of fragility and power, painting and quilt making, and the interplay of light and shadow. Inspired by the unique architecture of the Taubman’s three-story atrium designed by Randall Stout, Hayes will create a suspended fabric sculpture exclusively out of multi-colored nylon, light gels, and thread. Hayes’ Not Fade Away will occupy an ambitious footprint extending eighty feet from the ground level and will act as a canopy over the 1,000-square-foot atrium floor. Appearing as a massively layered stained glass...

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Sunday, January 3, 2016

Fortune, Courage, Love: Arts of Africa’s Akan and Kuba Kingdoms from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts highlights the spectacular arts of African royalty. Culled from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ extensive collection of African art, this exhibit presents a wide-ranging view of the cultural history and art of Africa. Linking history, statesmanship, and tradition, this exhibition will focus on the extraordinary design of regalia and related arts of the Kuba kingdom in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Djenne people of Mali, and the kingdoms of Ghana’s Akan people.

Before the period of European colonialism, Central Africa witnessed the growth of many cultures and kingdoms. However,...

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - Sunday, January 10, 2016

Salt Marsh Suite is a collaborative, inter-media art installation and contemporary dance performance that is based in fieldwork, data collection, and close observation in a North Carolina coastal estuary. The project combines art, science, and technology in an immersive environment, engaging the audience in the beautiful, almost magical qualities of the marsh and the life within it, while giving a sense of its vulnerability. The suite includes five overlapping “movements”: water, mud, crabs, birds, and grass. Each movement weaves together light, imagery, data, and subdued, ambient sound, hinting at the way attentive observation and presence becomes its own, experiential reward.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sarah Hazlegrove: Tobacco People documents an intensive four year international journey that sent one of the region's foremost photographers around the world documenting the changing faces of individuals and communities engaged in the rapidly disappearing world of tobacco cultivation. Shot entirely on location without the aid of specialized equipment or postproduction digital effects, Hazlegrove’s dramatic and moving images combine elements of the formal portraiture of Richard Avedon with the journalistic style of photo documentary legends Walker Evans and Robert Frank. From sweeping landscapes to captivating glimpses of everyday commerce and intimate portraits, Hazlegrove investigates, captures,...

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Sunday, February 14, 2016

John James Audubon: Swift Birds of Passage presents over fifty works on paper and two rare copper plates by American artist and self-taught scientist John James Audubon (French, Born in Haiti, 1785-1851). Organized by three museums, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, the Taubman Museum of Art, and Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, the exhibition presents rare Audubon prints of birds which are native to or migratory through the Southeastern region of the United States. Audubon, a lover of nature from an early age, was taken with the American landscape, and particularly with its birds. Though he had little formal training, he had considerable natural talent as...

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Taubman Museum of Art plans a major exhibition highlighting new gifts of art to its collection, never before seen by the community. The exhibition, Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection honors individuals who graciously helped build the museum’s core educational resource: its collection of renowned art. Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection debuts new work given by donors, many of whom are from the region (known as Neighbors) and presents both regional and nationally known artists (known as Friends). The museum also sees the exhibition as a way to engage new audiences to the museum, thereby engaging new “friends” and “neighbors.”

The Taubman...