Talks & Tours

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Special Exhibition Tour
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Join a Taft docent or staff member for a half-hour tour of the special exhibition.

August 29
September 5, 12, 19
October 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19, 26
January 2, 9, 16

FREE with Museum admission. No reservations required.

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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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Taft in 10
Every Wednesday, 1 p.m.

Come for lunch – stay for a quick sound bite in the the galleries! Enjoy an informal ten-minute conversation about a different piece of art each Wednesday as Taft education staff and docents share their favorites. You never know what you might discover in these quick looks at some of the Museum’s masterpieces, as well as some lesser-known works.

FREE with Museum admission or Cafe/Shop purchase. No reservations required.

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Tour: Decorative Arts of the Taft
Friday, September 11, 1:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

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Attributed to the House of Peter Carl Fabergé, Notebook Cover, ca. 1900, gold, enamel, and diamonds. Taft Museum of Art

One of the focuses of Charles and Anna Taft’s collecting was European decorative arts. Learn more about the beautiful and functional objects they enjoyed that you may not have noticed before: watches, notebooks, mirrors, and more. Docent Debby Bosarge will be your guide for this original tour.

FREE Members and Students.
$15 Public (includes Museum admission)
Advance paid registration required: (513) 684-4515

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Cocktails with the Curator
Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.
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Claude Monet, Scene at Bougival, Evening, 1869, oil on canvas, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

Claude Monet, Scene at Bougival, Evening, 1869, oil on canvas, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

Get a preview of the behind-the-scenes efforts going into Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape. This groundbreaking exhibition re-examines the origins of Impressionism. Lynne Ambrosini, conceiver of the show, will reveal why it took 12 years to plan and how she secured amazing loans from Europe!

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

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Cohen Lecture Series Windows and Mirrors: How Cassatt Made It in the Impressionist World
Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m.
Nancy Mowll Mathews, PhD

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926), Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror), about 1899, oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.47). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926), Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror), about 1899, oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.47). Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This talk will address the American Impressionist masterwork Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror) by Mary Cassatt, on loan to the Taft from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It will explore the ingredients of old and new art and technology, and discuss modern and traditional womanhood as they are reflected in Cassatt’s statement painting, The Oval Mirror.

Mathews is currently visiting associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Of the many books and exhibitions Mathews has produced, the best known are Cassatt and Her Circle: Selected Letters; Cassatt: The Color Prints; and Mary Cassatt: A Life. 

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Coffee with the Curator
Sunday, October 4, 2:30 p.m.
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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

Enjoy a cup of coffee and get an insider’s view of the efforts going into the Taft’s special exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape. Lynne Ambrosini, conceiver of the show, will discuss her inspiration and world travels. Ambrosini is the Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of European Art.

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

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Haunted House: The Taft at Night
Thursday, October 22, 6—9 p.m.
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Photo by Phillip Groshong

Back by popular demand! Enjoy an evening of good food and spooky fun while exploring one of Cincinnati’s oldest “haunted” houses. Take a nighttime tour, hear stories of unearthly happenings in the galleries, and maybe see a “ghost” or two. Music and a scary movie add to the fun. Executive Chef Luke Radkey will provide light bites. Cash bar available.

$10 Members and Students, $20 Public
Reservations required: (513) 684-4515
This will sell out quickly!
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From the Stanza to the Block and Back
Friday, October 23, 10–11:30 a.m.
Click here to register. FREE.

2015 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Alysia Nicole Harris, Photo by Marilyn Murray

2015 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Alysia Nicole Harris, Photo by Marilyn Murray

Our relationship to place and to home plays an integral role in the formation of our identities. Drawing from the murals of Robert S. Duncanson and the work of African American poets, attendees will create “urban pastorals” of Cincinnati. Guided by Alysia Nicole Harris, attendees will write about the Cincinnati only they know and their personal vision for a fuller city. They will use a series of exercises designed to build lyric imagination and to acquaint new writers with poetic forms and devices.
(ages 16 and over)

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Legacy Through Storytelling: A Multigenerational Program
Sunday, October 25, 1–4 p.m.
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The Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program was established in 1986 to honor the achievements of contemporary African American artists working in a variety of disciplines.

This program combines two different poetic traditions, that of the griot and that of the haiku. Children and parents will share with each other a personal story of success. Then, with the help of the Alysia Nicole Harris, each participant will get the opportunity to immortalize that story in the three lines of a haiku. In this version of interactive storytelling aimed at fostering intergenerational communication, parents and children each try on both the role of storyteller and bard and the role of listener and scribe.
(ages 8 and over)

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Cohen Lecture Series | “Off to America to This Stranger Lady”: Sargent, Stevenson, and the Fairchilds
Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m.
Marc Simpson, PhD

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John Singer Sargent, Robert Louis Stevenson (detail), 1887, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art

This talk will celebrate the return of the Taft’s portrait Robert Louis Stevenson, by John Singer Sargent, which has been way on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dr. Marc Simpson will delve into the early history of Sargent’s 1887 portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson in the Taft Collection, paying particular attention to the relationships of the artist, the author, and the Fairchild family who commissioned the painting.

In the field of American art, Simpson has organized exhibitions and written essays on numerous 19th- and early 20th-century topics, with particular focus on the work of John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, and James McNeill Whistler. Simpson was the Director of, and Lecturer in, the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art from 2000 through June 2013.

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Tuesday at the Taft: Great Grapes! Ohio Wines
Tuesday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.
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Image from Longworth’s Wine House

Image from Longworth’s Wine House

Celebrate the Taft’s first open Tuesday of the season with this presentation by author and speaker Cheri Brinkman. Nicholas Longworth, who lived in our mansion on Pike Street from 1829–1863, is often referred to as the father of the American wine industry. Longworth’s Catawba grape vines were planted along the banks of the Ohio and up to Mount Adams. Brinkman will explore the history and the current state of the wine industry in Ohio in this agri-history program designed to make audience members more informed consumers of the wonderful wines currently produced in the Buckeye State. It seems only right to drink a toast to old Longworth with a taste of Catawba as part of the light refreshments provided.

$5 Members, $10 Public
Advance paid reservations required: (513) 684-4515

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Art Smarts: Impressionism Goes International
Sunday, November 8, 2:30 p.m.
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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, Orchard in Blossom, 1874, oil on canvas. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Charles François Daubigny, Orchard in Blossom, 1874, oil on canvas. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

In this talk, we will learn about how the Impressionist movement influenced American artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Following painters like Daubigny and Monet, many American artists opened their pallets and brushwork. We will also see how the influence of the Impressionists continues today.

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

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Book Talk: Krik? Krak!
Friday, November 13, 2 p.m.
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Jacob Lawrence, Toussaint L’Ouverture series, no. 16: Toussaint captured Dondon, a city in the center of Haiti, 1795 (detail). 1938, tempera on paper. Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1982

Jacob Lawrence, Toussaint L’Ouverture series, no. 16: Toussaint captured Dondon, a city in the center of Haiti, 1795 (detail). 1938, tempera on paper. Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1982

Join David Siders, popular library manager, and Stephanie Cooper, fiction librarian, from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a discussion of Edwidge Danticat’s stories about life in Haiti under dictator rule. Danticat was the youngest author ever to earn a National Book award nomination with this work.

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

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Artist’s Talk: Cedric Michael Cox
Saturday, November 14, 1:30 p.m.
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Jacob Lawrence, Toussaint L’Ouverture series, no. 38: Napoleon’s attempt to restore slavery in Haiti was unsuccessful. Desalines, Chief of the Blacks, defeated Le Clerc. Black men, women, and children took up arms to preserve their freedom, November, 1802 (detail). 1938, tempera on paper. Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1982

Jacob Lawrence, Toussaint L’Ouverture series, no. 38: Napoleon’s attempt to restore slavery in Haiti was unsuccessful. Desalines, Chief of the Blacks, defeated Le Clerc. Black men, women, and children took up arms to preserve their freedom, November, 1802 (detail). 1938, tempera on paper. Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1982

Visual artist Cedric Cox will respond to the work in the exhibition Heroism in Paint: A Master Series by Jacob Lawrence and share his work and inspirations. Cox is a graduate of University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. His paintings and drawings, which fall between surrealism and representational abstraction, express themes ranging from mythical literature to musical allegories and beyond.

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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