Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tours
America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and The Voyage of Life
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.
June 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13

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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Book Talk: The Boy at the Museum by Tamera Lenz Muente
Thursday, September 25, 2:00 p.m.
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Join us as author (and Taft assistant curator) Tamera Lenz Muente discusses her inspirations for her recently released book, The Boy at the Museum. Set in Cincinnati in 1834, Muente’s book is full of hometown references, interesting characters, and intrigue at the Western Museum. The Boy at the Museum is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Semi-finalist.

FREE Members & Students. $10 Public (includes Museum admission)

Advance registration required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Haunted House: The Taft at Night
Thursday, October 23, 6-9 p.m.
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Get in the Halloween “spirit” with this evening of fun, food, and (not too) scary adventures at the Taft. The ghost stories of the Taft are legendary; how could the oldest wooden home in Cincinnati NOT be haunted? Take a night time tour of the home of Nicholas Longworth, David Sinton, and Annie and Charlie Taft, and hear about whose spirit allegedly walks the stairs, who guards the attic, and whose invisible hand taps visitors on the shoulder – boo!  Executive Chef Luke Radkey will provide light bites. Cash bar available.

$10 Members and students, $15 public.
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Slow Art Day
Saturday, November 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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After participating in International Slow Art Day in the spring, our docents loved it so much they asked if they could do it again! The mission of Slow Art is simple: Help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. It’s easy and fun—look slowly at five pieces of art, then join other participants in Dutch-treat lunch in the café to discuss. Taft docents facilitate the looking and discussing.

FREE. Museum admission and lunch sold separately.
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Book Talk: Cincinnati Shadow and Light by Michael Keating
Saturday, November 8, 2:30 p.m.
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Former Cincinnati Enquirer photographer Michael Keating discusses his book featuring the 100 most memorable and moving images from his five decades as a photojournalist, capturing the faces of Cincinnati, featuring unforgettable moments from regional history, human drama, and regional pride. Much as the exhibition Paris Night and Day looks at life in Paris, this retrospective collection displays the Cincinnati version of daily life, presented in sections called The Ohio River, Dispatches from the Field, The Cincinnati Reds, Character, and Personality. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

FREE. Museum admission sold separately.
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Cincinnati for Dummies
Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.
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Do you know what goetta is? Have you ever wondered why people say “please?” when they didn’t hear you? What are the Seven Hills of Cincinnati? Whether you are new to the Queen City  or a native, you will find answers to these and many other perplexing Porkopolis peculiarities in this lively panel discussion. Cincinnati experts Phil Nuxhall (official historian for Spring Grove Cemetery), Dr. Paul Tenkotte (director of The Center for Public History at Northern Kentucky University), and Christopher Smith (local historian for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County) will tackle your questions and a you will leave the Taft full of local knowledge. Bring your questions with you, or send them in advance via email (mladrick@taftmuseum.org), Facebook, or Twitter (@taftmuseum).

FREE Members & Students, $10 Public. Cash bar available.
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Book Talk: The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
Friday, November 14, 2:30 p.m.
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The Taft has teamed up with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a community-wide read. Join David Siders, popular library manager, and Stephanie Cooper, fiction librarian, for a discussion of the book The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King.

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

Present your library card for free admission to the exhibition Paris Night and Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray.

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Artist Talk: Barry Andersen
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Thursday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.  *PLEASE NOTE: NEW DATE!
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Photographer and teacher Barry Andersen will discuss his inspirations as a photographer and respond to work in the special exhibition Paris Night and Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray in this Artist Talk. Andersen is Emeritus Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University and his work is featured in many public and private collections around the United States.

FREE Members and Students. $10 public (includes museum admission).
Reservations required: (513) 684-415 or click the link above.

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The Modernization of Paris: Changing City, Changing Times
*Saturday, December 6, 2:30 p.m.
  *PLEASE NOTE: NEW DATE!
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Paris Night and Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray includes 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.  Art historian Karla Huebner takes a look at the bigger picture of the social milieu of Paris during this time in an enlightening talk that will touch on the changing structure of the city, fashion, theater, and art. Huebner received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh, and her M.A. from American University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art History and Women’s Studies at Wright State University in Dayton.

FREE. Museum admission sold separately.
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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