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Current Exhibitions

In a Decade: Recent Acquisitions to Our Collection

Friday, September 18, 2020 - Sunday, January 03, 2021

10:00am - 5:00pm

Since the mid-1950’s, the Taubman Museum of Art (which was then known as the Roanoke Fine Arts Center) built a collection of noted works that explore and celebrate arts and culture within the larger narrative of American art.

In a Decade: Recent Acquisitions to Our Collection explores works that have been generously gifted to the Museum within the past ten years — in particular, works from three collectors who are among our most prolific:

• Mitchell Kaneff, focusing heavily on modern and contemporary art

• Ray Kass and Jerrie Pike, both of whom have a penchant for photography, abstract, and folk art

• Kevin Concannon and Margo Crutchfield, delighting visitors with unique fine art multiples

The pieces featured throughout In a Decade were curated for this exhibition to specifically reflect diverse elements from our collecting mission, which is to focus primarily on 19th and 20th century art, American art, modern and contemporary art, regional and folk art, photography, and new media, as well as design and decorative arts that emphasize artists in the American Southeast.

The Taubman Museum of Art’s collection also includes a smaller number of European and ancient Mediterranean art, as well as international works in modern and contemporary art and design. The Museum dedicates four or more galleries to showcase its permanent collection.

The more than 60 artworks featured in this exhibition are among 142 that the Museum acquired from various collectors from 2010 to 2020, bringing the Museum’s collection to more than 2,200 works.

Recent additions include renowned artists regionally, nationally, and internationally: Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins, Salvador Dalí, Lewis Hine, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mars, John Menapace, Robert Sulkin, Mose Tolliver, Kara Walker, Yoshitomo Nara, and Aggie Zed among others.

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Robert Mars, Untitled (detail), Undated ca. 2000, Oil, collage and resin on canvas, 30 in. x 24 in. x 1 in., Gift of Mitchell Kaneff, 2018.007

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Yoshitomo Nara, Little Wanderer (detail), 2003, Painted plastic in plastic box, 12 in. x 7 in. x 7 in., Gift of Kevin Concannon and Margo Crutchfield, 2015.033

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Robert Mars, Untitled (detail), Undated ca. 2000, Oil, collage and resin on canvas, 30 in. x 24 in. x 1 in., Gift of Mitchell Kaneff, 2018.007

Kara Walker, Freedom, A Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times (detail), 1997, Printed and die-cut pages in faux leather cover, 9 1/2 in. x 8 in. x 3/4 in., Gift of Kevin Concannon and Margo Crutchfield, 2015.049

Daniel Hesidence, Untitled (1777), 2006, Oil on canvas, 48 in. x 48 in. x 2 in., Gift of Mitchell Kaneff, 2018.006

Sanford Biggers, Cheshire Smile, 2008, Battery-powered silkscreened plastic box, 2 in. x 4 in., Gift of Kevin Concannon and Margo Crutchfield, 2015.006

Lyle Bongé, Untitled (detail), Undated, Silver gelatin print photograph, Gift of a private collection, 2012.005

Yoshitomo Nara, Pup Cup, 2003, Painted plastic with battery-operated motor, 9 1/2 in. x 8 in. x 8 in., Gift of Kevin Concannon and Margo Crutchfield, 2015.034

Peter Coffin, Untitled2006, Silver gelatin prints mounted on paper, 11 × 9 × 2 1/4 in., Gift of Kevin Concannon and Margo Crutchfield, 2015.009

Robert Sulkin, Vanitas (detail), 2000, Digitally output photograh on Hanemuhle Fine Art Paper, 17 in. x 22 in., Gift of the Artist, 2020.008

Roy Lichtenstein, Paper Plate, 1969, Silscreened cardboard plate, 1 1/2 in. x 10 1/4 in., Gift of Kevin Concannon and Margo Crutchfield, 2015.023