Past Exhibitions

Play: Toys Reimagined as Art

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - Sunday, February 18, 2018

Play: Toys Reimagined as Art highlights artists who use toy-like materials to create magically transformative installations, videos and sculptures for “the kid in all of us.”

The exhibition features site-specific works by six artists working in diverse media from crayons to building blocks and inflatables. With its highly interactive and engaging artworks, Play focuses on the similarities between how children and adults experience various playful habits of invention, such as curiosity, imagination, and problem solving.

From playfulness to mathematical strategy, the artists in Play create experiences that invite the viewer to interact, enjoy and reflect on the nature of wonder and delight in art.

Play: Toys Reimagined as Art is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Taubman Museum of Art Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections, with assistance by Eva Thornton, Taubman Museum of Art Curatorial Coordinator.

The exhibition is generously supported in part by the City of Roanoke through its Arts Commission; the Helen S. and Charles G. Patterson, Jr., Charitable Foundation Trust; Member One Federal Credit Union; Arkay Packaging; WDBJ7the Virginia Tourism Corporation and Virginia Is For Lovers; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

It is on view September 10, 2017 – February 18, 2018, in the Special Exhibition Gallery. A Member-exclusive Preview Day featuring curator-guided tours, artist talk and interactive performance is scheduled for September 9, 2017, and is sponsored by The Roanoke Times

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(Images left to right, top to bottom)

Billie Grace Lynn (American, Contemporary) White Elephant I, 2007, 8'H x 6'W x 10' L, Ripstop nylon, chiffon, electric fan, Courtesy of the Artist

Herb Williams (American, Contemporary) Call of the Wild (The Ripple Effect) (detail), Crayola Crayons, Courtesy of the Artist

Jason Scroggin (American, Contemporary) Massimals (detail), 2010, Mixed media, Courtesy of the Artist

Herb Williams (American, Contemporary) Call of Couture (Loius-Vouitton Doberman), Crayola Crayons, Courtesy of the Artist

Jon Rolph (British, Contemporary) Paint (film still),  Stop motion animation with Legos, Courtesy of the Artist

Jon Rolph (British, Contemporary) Muybridge's Horse in Motion - Recreated in Lego (film still),  Stop motion animation with Legos, Courtesy of the Artist

Kids enjoying White Elephant I by Billie Grace Lynn

Friends enjoying Quadropus, a site-specific sculpture by artist Jason Hackenwerth featuring over 5,000 balloons