The Taubman Museum of Art (taubmanmuseum.org) began as the Roanoke Fine Arts Center (work was shown in a hotel) before it became the Art Museum of Western Virginia. Now, 64 years later the museum is housed in a building designed by Randall Stout and opened as the Taubman Museum of Art in 2008. It is a beautiful building and one that reflects the natural elements of the Roanoke region. An excellent description and photographs of the building can be seen at http://bit.ly/2bcM5QP
While we were at the museum a traveling exhibit “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell” was on view. I had seen so many of the works included in the exhibit since I’d been to The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA a number of times. The last time I was there I was looking for the collection of Saturday Evening Post covers (323 of them) and they were out on tour. I liked seeing these familiar works (some I’d reprinted in ART TIMES when Raymond wrote about Norman Rockwell in August 2001).
The Museum has 11 galleries on the 2nd floor which originates 15-20 exhibitions per year and is home to a permanent collection totaling around 2,155 pieces. The collection includes: American, Southeast American Contemporary, Folk, Regional and Visionary artwork featuring the work of artists such as Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins (whose wife was from Roanoke), John Singer Sargent, Purvis Young, Petah Coyne and John Cage. Major events sponsored by the museum include an International Wine Festival, Monster Art Rally and Sidewalk Art Show.
These are just a few of the upcoming exhibitions at the museum:
Legacies Honoring Artistic Luminaries from Southwestern Virginia. The artists represented highlight the very best of the community from the 1800s to the recent past. August 27– January 28, 2017
Happy Birthday, Howard! The Amazing World of the Reverend Howard Finster: honoring Howard Finster’s (1916-2001) 100th birthday, focuses on the artistic output of outsider artist, the Reverend Howard Finster. September 17, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark- Known for using human hair and combs, Afro-American multi-media artist Sonya Clark addresses the origins of craft, race, culture, class and history in her work in installations and performance. Oct 1 2016- Jan 17, 2017
In the next blog you will learn about several of the artists we visited in and around Roanoke, VA