I had the good fortune of being in Roanoke, Virginia and seeing the impressive new Taubman Museum of Art (formerly the Art Museum of Western Virginia).
A welcome addition to the skyline of this friendly Virginian city, the Taubman is known for its collections of 18th- to 20th-century American art, which features fine works by John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Robert Henri, Childe Hassam, Petah Coyne , Robert Motherwell, Thomas Hart Benton, Sally Mann (Season 1), as well as folk art objects.
If you have the privilege of traveling to Roanoke, be sure to check out one of the exhibitions that will open the museum entitled Rethinking Landscape: Contemporary Photography from the Allen G. Thomas, Jr. Collection. The show opens tomorrow (and runs until March 1, 2009) and will features works by Taj Forer, Andreas Gefeller, Anthony Goicolea, Bill Hensen, Sarah Ann Johnson, Chris Jordon, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Sze Tsung Leong, Sally Mann, Andrew Moore, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Martina Mullaney, Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Sarah Pickering, Kahn and Selesnick, Kerry Skarbakka and Hiroshi Sugimoto (Season 3).
Below are some street views of the structure designed by Randall Stout Architects.