“Joan Tanner: NoTiNoRdeR” Engages Contradictions, Inspires Play of Imagination

ROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 19, 2018) — The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present NoTiNoRdeR, an exhibition of mixed media drawings and assemblage sculptures by California artist Joan Tanner, on view Jan. 19-June 17, 2018, in the Bank of America Foundation/Dominion Resources Gallery.

The exhibition is organized by Julien Robson, independent curator and director of Great Meadows Foundation. “Joan is compelled by a curiosity to engage contradiction and an impulse to disrupt assumptions about spatial relations,” noted Robson.

NoTiNoRdeR provides an opportunity for audiences to explore and enjoy the inventiveness of Tanner’s art, and take pleasure in the play of imagination it evokes.

Over a career spanning six decades, Tanner’s art has developed across disciplines to encompass many media, including painting, photography, video, sculpture and assemblage. With an instinctive resistance to conventional ideas of order, she has created provocative and engaging works that defy simple categorization and sometimes logic.

She has exhibited her paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and site-specific installations across the United States since 1968, beginning shortly after she moved to Southern California from the Midwest. Her work is held in a number of collections, including The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphics, Cambridge, Mass.; New York Public Library, Spencer Collection; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky.; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California.

Tanner has served as a visiting lecturer at the University of California Santa Barbara; Ohio University in Athens; Illinois State University at Normal; and, most recently, as an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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