Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

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

February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Mary 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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“Escape of the 28″ and the Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom
Saturday, January 17, 1 p.m.  Click here to register.

Escape of 28 underground railroadOn April 2, 1853, 28 men, women, and children fled slavery in Boone County, Kentucky, aided by the efforts of the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, Northside, and College Hill. Award-winning historians Kathy Dahl and Betty Ann Smiddy will share their research into this and other stories, work that has resulted in the National Park Service recently adding three more local sites to the Network to Freedom.

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

Meet Nicholas Longworth
Saturday, January 17, 2 p.m.

First person interpreter Larry Mills will bring “Old Nick Longworth” to life in this short (15 minute) presentation. Longworth was one of Cincinnati’s most interesting characters; he lived in “Belmont,” now the Taft Museum of Art, from 1829 to 1863.

FREE. Museum admission sold separately
No reservations required

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 Love in the Renaissance 
Friday, February 13, 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Unknown ceramicist from Castel Durante, Italy, Coppa amatoria with Elena Bella, about 1540–50, maiolica. Taft Museum of Art

Unknown ceramicist from Castel Durante, Italy, Coppa amatoria with Elena Bella, about 1540–50, maiolica. Taft Museum of Art

The artwork in the Taft’s Renaissance Gallery holds many subtle—and not-so-subtle—messages of love. Join Manager of School and Docent Programs Lisa Morrisette in an exploration of the romantic art of this time.

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

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The Romance of the West
Saturday, February 21, 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Frederic Remington, The Mountain Man, 1903, bronze. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Smolt in memory of Malcolm McNaghton, 1962.40

Frederic Remington, The Mountain Man, 1903, bronze. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Smolt in memory of Malcolm McNaghton, 1962.40

Artists like Frederic Remington, Albert Bierstadt, and Henry F. Farny captivated the American imagination with their portrayals of the West. How does the romance of the Wild West measure up to the reality? Art historian Karla Huebner, assistant professor of art history and women’s studies at Wright State University, will take a closer look at the fantasy versus reality of this fascinating period of American history.

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

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Book Talk: Train Dreams 
Friday, February 27, 2:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

Join us as the Taft partners again with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a read-along related to the special exhibition Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. David Siders, popular library manager, and Stephanie Cooper, fiction librarian, from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will discuss the novella Train Dreams by Denis Johnson.  The reader meets Robert Grainier, a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. After the loss of his family, Grainier struggles to make sense of this strange new world. Suffused with the history and landscapes of the American West, the disappearance of a distinctly American way of life is captured.

FREE. Reservations required: (513) 684-4515

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Poetry Workshop
Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m. Click here to register.

Samuel S. Carr, The Open Window (Contemplation), 1870s–1880s, oil on canvas. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker, 1994.34.3

Samuel S. Carr, The Open Window (Contemplation), 1870s–1880s, oil on canvas. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Charles C. and Elma Ralphs Shoemaker, 1994.34.3

Find inspiration in the special exhibition Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 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 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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International Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 11, 11:15 a.m. -2 p.m.

Slow Art Day DuveneckSlow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: 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 Slow Art participants for Dutch-treat lunch in the Café to discuss. Taft docents will facilitate the looking and discussing.

 

FREE. Lunch sold separately
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515

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Artist’s Talk: M. Katherine Hurley
Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m. Click here to register.

Painting by M. Katherine Hurley.

Painting by M. Katherine Hurley.

Landscape artist M. Katherine Hurley will discuss her inspirations as a painter and respond to works in the exhibition
Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
FREE with Museum admission
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515

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Author’s Talk: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Cincinnati
Saturday, April 18, 2:30 p.m. Click here to register.

60 Hikes CincinnatiSpring will arrive—sooner or later— so get ready to dust off your hiking boots and get outdoors! In this presentation, author Tamara York will share some highlights from her book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Cincinnati. From the family friendly to the more adventurous, 60 Hikes will tell you all you need to know before you head out to the great outdoors. York is a trained and seasoned naturalist with more than 20 years of field experience. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

FREE. Museum admission sold separately
Reservations: (513) 684-4515

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Pissarro’s Apple Pickers: Daily Life after the Revolution 
Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m.  Click here to register.
Richard Brettell, PhD, Founding Director, The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair, University of Texas at Dallas

Richard BrettellCamille Pissarro was the only artist who exhibited in all eight group exhibitions that defined the Impressionist movement. Yet, he was neither French nor Christian, so he lived on the margins of French society. Pissarro was the most politically engaged of all the Impressionists, and his paintings, must be read as the work of an outsider and committed anarchist. Dr. Brettell discuss the social and political meanings of one of Pissarro’s canonical paintings,
Apple Harvest of 1888.

 

$10 Members of Taft Museum of Art and Woman’s Art Club, and Patrons of Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation
$20 Public (includes Museum admission)
Advance paid registration required:
click here or call (513) 684-4515

Sponsor: Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation
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