Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tours
Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.
February 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17

Join a docent for a half-hour tour.
FREE with Museum admission. No reservations taken.
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Taft Tour
Every Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Take a docent-led tour of the Taft collection.

FREE. No reservations taken.

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Talk: Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles: Art and Daydreaming
Richard Brettell, PhD, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair, Art and Aesthetics, University of Texas at Dallas

Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.
This program is sold out!

The Woman’s Art Club is hosting “Party with Van Gogh” the night before the lecture. Click here for more information and reservations.

While working in Arles in southern France, Vincent van Gogh painted three versions of one of his most famous compositions, The Bedroom (Art Institute of Chicago, Van Gogh Museum, Musee d’Orsay). Dr. Richard Brettell will interpret the painting and its repetitions first in terms of Van Gogh’s own musings about them in letters, then in terms of his other works made around them, and lastly in terms of psychoanalytic and philosophical ideas of the past century. 

$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: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above

Sponsor: Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation

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Tour of The
Metropolitan Museum of Art
(this will take place in New York City)
Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds the most extensive collection of paintings by Rembrandt in the United States. Enjoy a special docent-led tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Rembrandt galleries, including Portrait of a Man Rising from His Chair, on loan from the Taft Museum of Art.

Cost: $29.00 per person
Reservation and payment deadline: Friday, April 25

If the tour does not meet the required minimum of 15 participants, it will be subject to cancellation. Participation will be capped at 30 people.

Click here to register.

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Tour: Federal Furnishings of the Taft
Saturday, May 24, 1:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

Have you ever noticed the federal-era furniture that forms the backdrop for the art at the Taft? Most of it was purchased when the Taft home became a museum in 1932 and dates back to the early 1800s. Learn more about these treasures in a tour with Taft Manager of Public Programs and history enthusiast Mary Ladrick.

FREE to Members and students. $10 public (includes Museum admission).
Advance registration required. Call (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Talk: World War I at Home
Saturday, May 31, 2 p.m.
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In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of “the war to end all wars,” the Taft Museum of Art is joining other Cincinnati cultural organizations in Cincinnati Remembers World War I, programs focusing on the WWI era. In this afternoon of short talks, Patricia van Skaik, manager of genealogy and local history at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and Mary Ladrick, Taft manager of public programs, will discuss life in Cincinnati and some of the many ways Cincinnatians (including the Tafts) participated in the war effort.

This program is FREE. Non-members wishing to visit the Museum may purchase admission separately. Registration required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Talk: Thomas Cole, Unwitting Mentor of Robert S. Duncanson
Joseph D. Ketner, Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, Emerson College, Boston
Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m.
Click here to register.

Thomas Cole, the father of American landscape painting, influenced many other artists, including Robert S. Duncanson, who painted the murals gracing the foyer of the Taft. Joseph Ketner will explain the effect that Cole had on Duncanson’s evolution as an artist. Ketner is the author of The Emergence of the African-American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson 1821-1872.

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

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Talk: Cincinnati Art Pottery: The History of Rookwood
Saturday, June 28, 1 p.m.
Click here to register.

Nicholas Longworth was a great patron of the arts and local artists. His granddaughter, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, made her own major contributions to the art world by founding the famous Rookwood Pottery. Learn more about the history (and future) of Cincinnati art pottery in this presentation by a representative from Rookwood Pottery. Special selections of Rookwood Pottery will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

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

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Longworth’s Garden of Eden: An Ohio Wine Tasting
Thursday, July 17, 6-9 p.m.
Click here to register.

Nicholas Longworth was known as the Father of the American Wine Industry. His “Garden of Eden” extended for many acres behind his home Belmont, now the Taft Museum of Art, and produced hundreds of thousands of bottles a year. Food and wine aficionoda Cheri Brinkman will present a history of the Ohio wine industry and information about the current state of Ohio viticulture. A tasting of wines from four Ohio appellations, paired with food by Executive Chef Luke Radkey, will follow. Brinkman, who has taught at Miami University, is the author of three cookbooks, including Cincinnati and Soup and lectures across the region on Ohio Agri-History. Her books will be available for purchase in the Museum shop and for signing at this event.

$30 Members, $35 Non-members
Advance paid registration required. (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Poetry Workshop: The Voyage of Life
Saturday, July 19, 2 p.m.
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Find inspiration in the special exhibition America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and the Voyage of Life, then tell the story of your own voyage in poetry. Kelly Moffett, Assistant Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, will guide participants through the creative writing process in this interactive workshop. Moffett is the author of A Thousand Wings, a collection of her poetry.

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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Tour: Rookwood Pottery
Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m.
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Visit the Rookwood Pottery factory and showroom in this special tour for friends of the Taft. Meet at Rookwood Pottery, 1920 Race Street, near Findlay Market in Over the Rhine.

FREE Members and Students, $10 Public
Space is limited, reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Tour: Scarlet Oaks Mansion
Friday, August 1, 1 p.m.
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Thomas Cole painted two sets of the series The Voyage of Life, one of which was owned by Cincinnati iron magnate George Schoenberger and prominently displayed in his Clifton mansion, Scarlet Oaks. Tour the first floor of the 1867 limestone mansion and see where Cole’s masterpieces once lived in this special tour for friends of the Taft.

FREE Members and Students, $10 Public
Space is limited, reservations required: (513) 684-4515 or click the link above.

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Artist’s Talk: Kevin Muente
Friday, August 8, 1:30 p.m.
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Kevin Muente will discuss his inspirations as a landscape and figure painter and respond to works in the exhibition America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and the Voyage of Life. Muente is an Associate Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University and award-winning artist.

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

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