Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection

Past Exhibitions

Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Sunday, August 06, 2017

The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present a major exhibition highlighting new gifts of art to its collection, many 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 sees the exhibition as a way to engage new audiences as well, thereby engaging new “friends” and “neighbors.”

The Taubman Museum of Art is dedicated to collecting American art from the 1800s to the present day with an emphasis on southeastern art. The Museum’s core mission is to "bring people and art together for discovery, learning, and enjoyment,” and we direct our efforts to share our collection with the region. Friends and Neighbors affirms our role as a collecting institution, providing our visitors a look at recent gifts while placing the objects in historic context. This exhibit is a large part of our new engagement plan, addressing goals of increased accessibility through the presentation of unique works to the public and through its related programming, and sharing its regional stories directed towards learners of all ages.

The Museum’s collection is a major cultural arts asset for southwestern Virginia, and in 2016 we refocused on goals for our permanent collection. Friends and Neighbors is the culmination of our collective work and ties into our 65th anniversary celebration in 2016. The collection, formed in the 1950s, holds significant examples of American art. Friends and Neighbors introduces over 60 never-before-exhibited acquisitions given by donors with ties to the Roanoke Valley, created by such renowned artists as Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins, Jack Levine, and John James Audubon as well as contemporary artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and regional luminaries among others. The exhibition also presents archival elements to demonstrate the works' significance in art history.

Through creative programming conducted by Museum staff and also in conjunction with other cultural organizations, the Taubman Museum of Art looks forward to fostering new relationships with “friends” and “neighbors.”

Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, and Mary LaGue, Registar. It is on display in the American Art Gallery and the Susan Macdowell Eakins and Thomas Eakins Gallery February 13, 2016, through August 6, 2017.



Top image:

Bill White (American, Born 1945), The Taubman Panorama (Hotel Roanoke, Civic Center, N&S Shops, H&C Coffee), 2011, Oil on canvas (polyptych), Gift of the Artist, 2015.003.001-004


Bottom images, left to right, top to bottom:

Jack Levine (American, 1915-2010), The Millionaire (detail), circa 1938, Oil on canvas, Collection of the Taubman Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. David L. Podell, Jr., M.D. 2014.002

Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins (American, 1844-1916), Portrait of Rebecca Macdowell (detail), Undated, Oil on canvas, Collection of the Taubman Museum of Art, Gift of the Family of Richard and Rhoda Goldman 2014.001

Daze (Chris Ellis), (American, born 1962) Piano Dream (detail), 1985, Silkscreen and linoleum cut, Gift of Ray Kass, 2006.006.004

Exhibition photography by Jeff Hofmann

Johann Hamza (Austrian, 1850-1927), The Curiosity Shop (detail), 1921, Oil on wood panel, Gift of Mrs. Anne Funkhouser Francis, 1967.146

Rick Prol, S.O.S. (detail), 1985, Mixed media, Gift of Ray Kass, 2006.006.001

Elizabeth Macdowell Kenton (American, 1858-1953), Portrait of Walter Green Macdowell (detail), 1916-1938, Oil, Gift of the Estate of Peggy Macdowell Thomas, 2002.012