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Flower Bomber ThumbROANOKE, Va. (Feb. 9, 2018) — After a nearly eight month wait, Flower Bomber has finally taken flight. The site-specific installation by sculptor Paul Villinski is now on view through February 2019 in the City of Roanoke Atrium at the Taubman Museum of Art.

Originally slated for exhibition beginning in June 2017, the rental truck carrying the work was stolen outside of Villinski’s Long Island City, N.Y., studio the night before Villinski was to drive it to Roanoke. The truck and work were recovered a few days later, only a little worse for the wear. After some repair work this past fall, Villinski debuted Flower Bomber at the Taubman Feb. 9.

Representing one of the artist’s most ambitious projects undertaken to date, Flower Bomber weighs 750 pounds, has a wingspan of 30 feet and features a complex wooden structure with a skin of translucent fiberglass attached with 3,000 rivets. The work is a scaled-to-size World War II bomber airplane modeled after the North American B-25 Mitchell. Manufactured by North American Aviation (NAA), it is named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a legend of U.S. military aviation.

LNY Thumb2018ROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 29, 2018) —The Taubman Museum of Art, Local Colors and Roanoke Valley Sister Cities invite the community to celebrate Lunar New Year Saturday, Feb. 3, 12-2 p.m. at the Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Ave. SE.

Lunar New Year is a special celebration recognized by Asian communities throughout the world, and is a time when families mark the changing of the traditional Chinese calendar with special foods, gifts and customs. The upcoming year is the Year of the Dog, the eleventh of 12 signs that make up the Chinese zodiac.

“Lunar New Year is a wonderful opportunity for our community to learn about the cultural traditions of our Asian friends and neighbors living right here in southwest Virginia,” said Cindy Petersen, Taubman Museum of Art executive director. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy this special, free community day with spectacular dances, performances and art making.”

Added Local Colors Executive Director Beth Lutjen: “Roanoke is home to a large Asian population with rich cultural traditions, and many local groups are looking forward to sharing them at this event. And new this year -- some local downtown businesses are getting into the spirit and will offer Lunar New Year attendees discounts that day. We’ll have a full list for guests the day of the event.”

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.

IWF ThumbROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 15, 2018) — The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present the Second Annual Tastings at the Taubman, a trio of delicious events celebrating the art of fine wines and craft spirits.

USA Today recently named the series among the coolest food and beverage festivals in the United States. 

Featuring a Spanish theme, Wine + Dine on Thursday, January 18, begins with a guided tour of the galleries with exhibiting artist Joan Tanner. Guests then retreat to an intimate theater for a guided, five-course dining experience with Pablo Rodriguez, the third generation vineyard owner of the acclaimed Hispano Bodegas vineyards. Tickets are $110 each, and advance registration is required.

Guests can sample more than 30 wines from around the world (along with a few craft beers!) while they enjoy live music and expertly paired hors d'oeuvres and desserts at the Fifth Annual International Wine Festival presented by Kroger on Sunday, January 28. Seasoned wine stewards will enhance guests’ experiences with tasting notes to help them discover their favorite new wines.

Coca-Cola will provide a designated driver service after the festival to those who are within a 15-minute radius of the Museum. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 the day of the event.

Cindy Petersen News ThumbROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 4, 2018) — The Taubman Museum of Art Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Cindy Petersen as the Museum’s new executive director.

Petersen is an experienced leader in nonprofit management, having worked over the past two decades with organizations in Virginia and in business consulting in Europe. She has been with the Taubman since 2011 as deputy director of education and visitor engagement before serving as interim executive director following the departure of former executive director Della Watkins in September 2017, who left to join the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina.

During her time as a senior staff member, Petersen was integral to the development and enhancement of visitor-based programming. Among her accomplishments, Petersen created a Learning Lab for Leaders training series that has received accolades from the likes of MuseumNext, based in England; designed Art Venture, the Museum’s interactive children’s discovery center; led the redevelopment of the Museum’s education programs to mirror K-12 curriculum plans; started a Museum School, offering classes for children, teens and adults; and provided strategic guidance that helped the Museum earn accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. The average length of guest visits to the Museum also tripled during her tenure.

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