January 19, 2018

"Joan Tanner: NoTiNoRdeR" Engages Contradictions, Inspires Play of Imagination

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Tanner ThumbROANOKE, 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.

Media inquiries may be directed to Sunny Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919.452.9689.

About the Taubman Museum of Art

The Taubman Museum of Art is an American art museum located in the heart of downtown Roanoke, Va. Designed by noted architect Randall Stout and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Taubman Museum of Art is home to a respected permanent collection and offers 15-20 annual exhibitions showcasing work by global, national and regional artists. Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m. Additional hours include every First Friday and Third Thursday when the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Free general daily admission is sponsored in part by Appalachian Power and Haley Toyota. For additional event, exhibition and programming information, visit TaubmanMuseum.org or call 540.342.5760.


Image: Joan Tanner, donttellmewhereibelong #24, 2015, Oil stick, pencil, pen, 30.25″ x 22.5”, Image courtesy of Locks Gallery

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