Talks & Tours

Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray  

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13, 20, 27
January 3, 10

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, for the freedom of the North. Believed to be one of the largest groups to have escaped from this area, they were aided locally by the united efforts of the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, Northside, and College Hill. Award-winning historians Kathy Dahl and Betty Ann Smiddy, from the Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom Committee, will share their important 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 the nation’s richest men in the 19th century, and 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.
Artistic representations of cowboys, American Indians, and rugged wilderness painted a romantic picture of Manifest Destiny. How does the romance of the Wild West measure up to the reality? Art historian Karla Huebner will take a closer look at the fantasy versus reality of this fascinating period of American history. Huebner is assistant professor of art history and women’s studies at Wright State University. She received
her PhD in the history of art and architecture from the University of
Pittsburgh, and her MA from American University.

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.  In this short (116 pages) but evocative story, 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. As
his story unfolds, we witness both his personal defeats and the radical
changes that transform America in his lifetime. Suffused with the history
and landscapes of the American West, this novella by the National
Book Award–winning author captures the disappearance of a distinctly
American way of life.

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 all-volunteer 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. Be a part of global Slow Art Day and experience art!

 

 

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. Many hikes are practically in our own backyard (Eden Park, for example), if you know where to look. York is a trained and seasoned naturalist with more than 20 years of field experience with Indiana and Ohio Departments of Natural Resources. 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.  REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JANUARY 2, 2015
Richard Brettell, PhD, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair, Art and Aesthetics, University of Texas at Dallas

Richard BrettellCamille Pissarro was the most faithful of all the Impressionists to the group exhibitions that defined this movement. Indeed, he was the only artist who exhibited in all eight. Yet, he was neither French nor Christian and, as a Dane born in the Virgin Islands to a Sephardic Jewish family, he lived on the margins of French society. Pissarro was also the most politically engaged of all the Impressionists, and his paintings, lovely and seemingly calm as they are, must be read as the work of an outsider and committed anarchist. Dr. Brettell will focus his remarks on one of Pissarro’s canonical paintings painted in the Neo-Impressionist style (with small dots and dashes of color), the Apple Harvest of 1888. He will place this work in Pissarro’s oeuvre and discuss its social and political meanings and the ways these are encoded in the painting’s style.
$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:
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JANUARY 2, 2015

Sponsor: Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation
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