2014 Exhibitions

Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray

October 3, 2014–January 11, 2015
Fifth Third Gallery
All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.
This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Man Ray, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1936, photograph. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochbert

Some of the greatest names in photographic history appear in
Paris Night & Day. This exhibition features vintage prints by French nationals and international photographers who worked in Paris, including Eugène Atget, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Brandt, André Kertész, and Man Ray. The exhibit comprises works ranging from the lingering realist perspective of the late 19th century, through modernist experiments in the early 20th, to the startling world of Surrealist photography in the 1930s. Lovers of photography will delight in the many iconic images to be seen.

 

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Digi and Mike Schueler
Florence and Ron Koetters

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By

Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
P&G

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Black, White, and Iconic: Photographs from Local Collections
October 17, 2014–January 11, 2015
Sinton Gallery

Lewis Hine, Power House Mechanic Working on Steam Pump (detail), 1920, gelatin silver print. Collection of Cal Kowal

Portraits were among the most popular subjects in early photography. As the medium developed, photographers began exploring the human figure in more creative ways. Near the beginning of the 19th century, the Pictorialists created photographs that resembled paintings in an effort to gain acceptance as fine artists. Later, modernist photographers embraced the inherent qualities of photography and used the figure as a design element in their innovative compositions. Drawn from local private collections, ten works sample portrait and figure photography between 1900 and 1940. The exhibition features iconic works by beloved photographers including Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, and Ansel Adams.

 

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
GE Aviation

 

Antique Christmas
November 7, 2014-January 4, 2015

Antique Christmas display, 2013, Taft Museum of Art

Antique Christmas display, 2013, Taft Museum of Art

Get into the holiday mood by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys. Thanks to generous lenders from Cincinnati and beyond, you can escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past. As in previous years, this year’s exhibition features unique and unfamiliar displays: feather trees adorned with clown ornaments, mushroom ornaments, bird ornaments, 1930s foil-wrapped ornaments, and 1940s World War II–era glass ornaments. Among the toys are antique pull toys, nodding reindeer from Germany, and paper doll sets. Holiday decorations include very early Santa figures, a 1950s Christmas display, and—last but not least—a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the television special this year.

Sponsors
The Helen G., Henry F. & Louise Tuechter Dornette Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee

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Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

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Kehinde Wiley: Memling
July 11, 2014- October 5, 2014
Sinton Gallery
This exhibition was organized by Phoenix Art Museum.

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of Maarten van Nieuwenhove, 2013, oil on wood panel. © Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, museum purchase with funds provided by The Marshall Bequest and various donors

Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of Maarten van Nieuwenhove, 2013, oil on wood panel. © Photograph by Max Yawney, courtesy of the Artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, museum purchase with funds provided by The Marshall Bequest and various donors

Contemplate the power of the individual on display in Memling, the latest series by Kehinde Wiley, an American artist whose work is widely exhibited nationally and abroad. The exhibition features eight paintings by Wiley based on the work of Hans Memling (1430–1494), a Flemish master of the Northern Renaissance. Wiley’s paintings reinterpret Memling’s works, replacing the austere 15th-century figures with the bold, engaging subjects of men in contemporary street clothes. These small-scale, highly detailed portraits address the image and status of young men of color.

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Individual paintings sponsored by the following generous friends:
Susan and Steve Black
A Friend of the Taft Museum of Art
The Suzanne M. and Robert L. LaBoiteaux Family Foundation
Ed and Carole Rigaud
Libby and Kevin Ott
Murray Sinclaire/Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, LLC
Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell
Morgan Cobb
Jane and Jon Votel
The Robert S. Duncanson Society Executive Committee
Joy and Larry Glassmann
Natalie Mathis
Deborah Emont Scott and Andy Scott

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
GE Aviation

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America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and The Voyage of Life
June 13, 2014-September 14, 2014

Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life: Youth, 1840, oil on canvas, 52 ½ x 78 ½ in. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, NY

Thomas Cole, The Voyage of Life: Youth, 1840, oil on canvas, 52 ½ x 78 ½ in. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, NY

Discover a landmark of American art by Thomas Cole, a leader of the Hudson River School. Cole’s allegorical paintings, The Voyage of Life, depict the course of a man’s life as a river journey through four magical landscapes. Cole’s masterpiece, which rarely travels, is accompanied by 41 American landscape paintings and works on paper from the permanent collections of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York.

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Sponsors
The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation,
Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees

Whitney and Phillip Long
The Sutphin Family Foundation
Compton Allyn
The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Lynne Meyers Gordon, M.F.A.
Lynne and Steve Vollmer
The Frank J. Kloenne and Jacqueline D. Kloenne Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees
Thomas and Adelaide Ottenjohn

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

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Small Paintings from the Taft Collection
February 21–June 22, 2014
Sinton Gallery

Frank Duveneck, An Italian Woman, about 1880, oil on panel. Taft Museum of Art, Gift of Stanley and Frances D. Cohen.

Treasures can as often be found in small frames as in large ones. This group of diminutive oils features landscape, portrait, and figure paintings by 18th- and 19th-century artists from the United States, France, and Holland. The exhibition unveils a portrait study of an Italian woman by 19th-century Cincinnati artist Frank Duveneck, a recent gift to the Taft collection from Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Cohen.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
GE Aviation

 

Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty
February 7-May 18, 2014
Fifth Third Gallery

Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible with support from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, the Schramm Foundation, the Joy R. Hilliard Bequest, and the Catherine Hawkins Foundation.

Imperial Manchu Man’s Semiformal Court Robe with Twelve Symbols of Sovereignty, China, 1850–1875, woven silk and metal thread tapestry. Denver Art Museum Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, 1977.196

Become captivated by a selection of exquisitely embellished robes, accessories, and textiles from the Qing dynasty. These rarely seen items include imperial silk robes, hats, fans, sleeve bands, rank badges, jewelry, shoes, and wall hangings. The exhibition will provide an enriched context for the Taft’s porcelains, which share a number of decorative motifs and symbols with the visiting objects. Many of these imperial garments and other textiles were collected in the 1920s and 1930s by Charlotte Hill Grant. Her children, James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, donated them to the Denver Art Museum, which organized this exhibition and presented it there in 2011–2012.

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Sponsors
Chellgren Family Endowment Fund

The John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, John W. Hauck, E. Allen Elliot and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees

The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee

The Wodecroft Foundation

Kate and Gerry Greene

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
P&G