Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection

  • Recurring daily
  • Dates: February 13, 2016 to July 9, 2017
  • Times: All hours museum is open to the public
  • Admission: Free
  • The Taubman Museum of Art
    Location: Taubman Museum of Art
    110 Salem Avenue SE
    Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 342-5760
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The Taubman Museum of Art plans a major exhibition highlighting new gifts of art to its collection, never before seen by the community. The exhibition, Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection honors individuals who graciously helped build the museum’s core educational resource: its collection of renowned art. Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection debuts new work given by donors, many of whom are from the region (known as Neighbors) and presents both regional and nationally known artists (known as Friends). The museum also sees the exhibition as a way to engage new audiences to the museum, thereby engaging new “friends” and “neighbors.” The Taubman Museum of Art is dedicated to collecting American art from the 1800s to the present day with an emphasis on southeastern art. The museum’s core mission, “we bring people and art together for discovery, learning, and enjoyment” directs our efforts to share our collection with the region. Friends and Neighbors affirms our role as a collecting institution providing our visitors a look at recent gifts while placing the objects in historic context. This exhibit is a large part of our new engagement plan, addressing goals of increased accessibility through the presentation of unique works to the public and through its related programming, sharing its regional stories directed towards learners of all ages. The museum’s collection is a major cultural arts asset for southwestern Virginia and this past year, we have refocused on goals for our permanent collection. Friends and Neighbors is the culmination of our collective work and ties into our 65th anniversary celebration in 2016. The collection, formed in the 1950s, holds significant examples of American art. Friends and Neighbors will introduce over sixty never before exhibited acquisitions given by donors with ties to the Roanoke Valley, created by such renowned artists as Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins, Jack Levine, and John James Audubon as well as contemporary artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and regional luminaries among others. The exhibition will also present archival elements to demonstrate the works' significance in art history. Through creative programming conducted by museum staff and also in conjunction with other cultural organizations, the Taubman Museum of Art looks forward to fostering new relationships with “friends” and “neighbors.” Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections and Mary LaGue, Registar. It will be on display in the American Art Gallery and the Susan Macdowell Eakins and Thomas Eakins Gallery, February 13, 2016- July 9, 2017. Exhibition thumbnail image: Jack Levine, The Millionaire, circa 1938, Oil on canvas, 34 x 16", Gift of Dr. and Mrs. David L. Podell, Jr. M.D. 2014.002

Friends and Neighbors: A Celebration of the Collection
  • 110 Salem Avenue SE
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
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  • Taubman Museum of Art
  • Free
  • Recurring daily