Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art 

April 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23

Join a docent for a half-hour tour.
FREE with Museum admission. No reservations taken.

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Taft Highlights Tour
Every Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Take a docent-led tour of the Taft collection.

FREE. No reservations taken.

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Pissarro’s Apple Pickers: Daily Life after the Revolution  SOLD OUT
Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m.

The lecture is sold out, but space is still available at the pre-lecture party at The Barn on Friday, April 24. Click here for more information.

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Tour: House and Gardens of the Taft
Friday, May 8, 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.

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Take a walk around the Taft and through its gardens, and learn about the history of the building and evolution of the grounds. Join Manager of Public Programs Mary Ladrick for this beautiful tour.

FREE Members and Students.
$10 Public (includes Museum admission)
Reservations required: (513) 684- 4515 or click the link above.

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Tour: Stories in the Round
Friday, May 29, 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Baluster Vase Depicting “The Generals of the Yang Family,” about 1700, China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi reign (1662–1722), porcelain with underglaze-blue decoration. Taft Museum of Art

Baluster Vase Depicting “The Generals of
the Yang Family,” about 1700, China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi reign (1662–1722), porcelain with underglaze-blue decoration. Taft Museum of Art

The Chinese porcelains in the Taft collection aren’t just beautiful objects; they also tell some of China’s favorite stories, if you know how to read them! Join Asian art specialist Lisa Morrisette for a closer look at some of the “stories in the round” that grace the porcelain vases in the historic house.

 

FREE Members and Students.
$10 Public (includes Museum admission)
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click above

 

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Artist Talk: Jonathan Queen
Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m. Click here to register.

Jonathan Queen in studio 2

Jonathan Queen will discuss his work decorating Carol Ann’s Carousel and From Studio to Carousel: The Whimsical World of Jonathan Queen in the Sinton Gallery. Reception to follow.

FREE Members and Students.
$10 Public (includes Museum admission)
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or click above

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Coming to Light Screening
Sunday, June 14, 5 p.m.
Mariemont Theatre • 6906 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Edward S. Curtis Self Portrait, 1899

Edward Curtis, Self-Portrait (detail), 1899, toned gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection


Newsweek 
calls Coming to Light, “a beautifully crafted masterpiece.” This award-winning film tells the dramatic story of Edward Curtis’s life, the creation of his monumental work, and his changing views of the North American Indians. Assistant Curator Tamera Muente will host a discussion after the film.

Check back soon for ticket information.

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Art in Words: Poetry Workshop
Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m. Click here to register.

Find inspiration in the Taft collection and create a written masterpiece of your own. Kelly Moffett, assistant professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, will guide participants through the creative writing process in this fun and interactive workshop.

FREE Members and Students.
$10 Public (includes Museum admission)
Advance paid registration required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above

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Christopher  Cardozo: Edward Curtis’s Sacred Legacy
Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m. Click here to register.

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Edward Curtis, Qahatika Girl, 1907, photogravure. Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection

Christopher Cardozo is often described as “the world’s leading authority on Edward Curtis.” In this lively conversation, Cardozo will share images from his personal collection and discuss Curtis and his artistry.  Cardozo, also an exhibited photographer, has curated nearly 100 exhibitions of Curtis’s work and written or co-authored 9 books. Join us for an expert’s point of view on Edward Curtis’s legacy.

FREE Members and Students.
$10 Public (includes Museum admission)
Advance paid reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click above

Supported by: Stanley and Frances D. Cohen and Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.

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The Potter (Nampeyo) - Hopi, 1906

Edward Curtis, The Potter (Nampeyo)—Hopi (detail), 1906, platinum print. Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection

Collecting Curtis: A Conversation with Wes Cowan and Christopher Cardozo
Friday, June 26, 2 p.m.
Click here to register.

Join experts Wes Cowan and Christopher Cardozo for a conversation of American Indian photography and Edward Curtis’s place in it from a collector’s point of view. Cowan, founder and owner of Cowan’s Auctions, is a frequent contributor to Antiques Roadshow and a leading expert on Americana and American Western art.

FREE Members and Students.
$10 Public (includes Museum admission)
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

Supported by: Stanley and Frances D. Cohen

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Tour and Workshop: Glass + Metal = Enamels
Saturday, June 27, 12 p.m. Click here to register.

Jean I Limosin, Marcus Curtius (detail), early 17th century, enamel on copper. Taft  Museum of Art

Jean I Limosin, Marcus Curtius (detail), early 17th century, enamel on copper. Taft Museum of Art

Beautiful but often overlooked, the Taft’s collection of Limoges enamels is known as one of the ten best in the world. Deepen your appreciation of this enduring art form with a closer look at the Taft enamels, then travel to The W.W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation Museum and Workshop just across the bridge in Bellevue, Kentucky, to make an enamel piece of your own. The tour of the Taft’s enamels will begin at 12 p.m. The workshop in Bellevue will begin at 1 p.m. and last 2–3 hours.

$10 Members and Students.
$20 Public (includes Museum admission)
Advance paid registration required: (513) 684-4515 or click above

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Jane Austen’s Tour of the Taft
Friday, July 10, 1:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

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John Hoppner, Miss Agnes Coussmaker (detail), about 1788, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art

Look at the paintings in the Taft in a whole new way—through Jane Austen’s eyes! Docent Barbara Wenner, associate professor emerita of the University of Cincinnati English Department and author of a book and articles on Austen, will lead a tour of selected Taft works as Austen might have seen them.

FREE Members and Students.
$10 Public (includes Museum admission)
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515
or click the link above.

 

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Art Smarts: Introduction to French Landscape — The Road to Impressionism 
Sunday, July 12, 2 p.m. Click here to register.

In preparation for the special exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape in 2016, the Taft is offering a series of informal and friendly talks presented by Manager of School and Docent Programs Lisa Morrisette.

Charles-François Daubigny, Landscape with Harvesters, 1875, oil on canvas. Museum Gouda, The Netherlands

Charles-François Daubigny, Landscape with Harvesters, 1875, oil on canvas. Museum Gouda, The Netherlands

This talk will introduce you to French realist landscape painters and focus on the dramatic contributions of Charles François Daubigny, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Théodore Rousseau, exploring how these artist were the precursors of the Impressionists.

FREE. Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click above.

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Cocktails with the Curator
Thursday, July 16, 6 p.m. Click here to register.
Wednesday, August 12, 6 p.m. Click here to register.

Get a preview of the behind-the-scenes efforts going into the Taft’s first international
exhibition at these informal talks with Lynne Ambrosini. Enjoy good conversation and a short presentation.

FREE. Cash bar.
Attendance limited, reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click a date above.

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Walking Tour: Cincinnati’s Skyscrapers
Saturday, July 18, 11:15 a.m.  Click here to register.

cincyJoin historians Paul Tenkotte and Christopher Smith on this exploration of downtown’s urban landscape. The tour will begin at the Taft and end near Piatt Park on 8th Street, with an optional lunch at Arnold’s Bar and Grill afterward (it’s not a skyscraper, but it is Cincinnati’s oldest tavern).

$10 Members and Students.
$15 Public
Advance paid registration required: (513) 684-4515 or click above.
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Artist Talk: Greg Rust
Sunday, July 26, 2 p.m.
Click here to register.

Photographer Greg Rust will discuss his inspirations and respond to works in Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians. After earning a degree in Anthropology, Rust extensively studied Native American culture. He has served as director of photography for Xavier University for more than 25 years, his work has earned national and regional merit.

FREE. Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click above.

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Book Talk | Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
Friday, July 31, 2 p.m. Click here to register.

GP--Piegan Encampment, 1900, photogravure

Edward Curtis, Piegan Encampment (detail), 1900, photogravure. Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection

Join David Siders, popular library manager, and Stephanie Cooper, fiction librarian, from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a discussion of Timothy Egan’s biography of Edward Curtis.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, everyone who presents their library card
at the Taft admissions desk will receive free entry.

FREE. Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click above.

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GP--The Three Chiefs-Piegan, 1900, photogravure

Edward Curtis, The Three Chiefs—Piegan (detail), 1900, photogravure. Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection

Panel Discussion: The Enduring and Controversial Legacy of Edward Curtis
Sunday, August 23, 2:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

Edward Curtis— and his “photographic odyssey” documenting North American Indian cultures—has been praised and criticized. The incredible complexity of his monumental achievement is entangled with political pressures of his time. Join us as this interdisciplinary panel of professors from Northern Kentucky University examines Curtis’s legacy from different perspectives.

The panel will feature sociologist Joan Ferrante, PhD; sociologist and Native American activist Nicole Grant, PhD; photographer Matthew Albritton, MFA; and
anthropologist Sharyn Jones, PhD.

FREE. Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click above.
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Art Smarts: Meet the Impressionists 
Sunday, August 30, 2 p.m. Click here to register.

In preparation for the special exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape in 2016, the Taft is offering a series of informal and friendly talks presented by Manager of School and Docent Programs Lisa Morrisette.

Van Gogh, Daubigny's Garden

Vincent van Gogh, Daubigny’s Garden, 1890, oil on canvas. The Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation Collection, Basel, Switzerland

In this talk, we will learn about Daubigny’s connection to the Impressionists. Who inspired Monet, what artists interested Van Gogh, and why does landscape continue to fascinate us?

FREE. Reservations required: (513) 684-4515

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