2009-2013 Exhibitions

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H. R. McBride, “This Week,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 22, 1935, Offset lithograph. From the Collection of Pam and Jim Thomas

Antique Christmas: Covers and Calendars
On view through November 1, 2013-January 19, 2014

This exhibition features Christmas-themed magazine covers and calendars from the era during which the Tafts lived in the historic house. Magazines such as Ladies’ Home Journal, Needlecraft, The Saturday Evening Post, and McCall’s will paint a picture of Christmas as it was represented in popular culture from the 1880s through the 1930s. Also featured are holiday-themed calendars, including collectible plates decorated with calendars.

 

 

 

 

Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art
September 20, 2013-January 12, 2014

William Sidney Mount (1807–1868), Farmers Bargaining (later known as Bargaining for a Horse), 1835. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1858.59

This exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society. The show and its accompanying publication originally appeared as Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy.

Generous support was received from Michael Reslan, the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles, the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, the New York Community Trust Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin Fund, Larry K. Clark, and the Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore Foundation.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

Sponsors
Sallie R. Wadsworth
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Debra and David Hausrath

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
P&G

 

Antique Christmas
November 8, 2013-January 5, 2014

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Scenes from Christmas Eve in Cincinnati—1920 from the Collection of Kathy and Greg (Stewart) Gregory. Photo by Philip Groshong.

A holiday favorite returns to the Taft! Be swept into the holiday mood by visiting this display of antique ornaments, toys, and decorations. Each year you can escape into Christmas as it used to be, thanks to generous collectors from Cincinnati and beyond. As always, this year’s exhibition features new and unique displays: a Civil War-era Christmas tree; an arrangement of Noah’s Ark and animal toys; a German Nativity pyramid from 1890; an entire tree trimmed in cats and dogs, and another decked only with pink ornaments; a 1950s Christmas display; and a group of rare, vintage dolls from the turn of the twentieth century.

This exhibition is generously supported by
The Helen G., Henry F. & Louise Tuechter Dornette Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
Macys

Thank you to the donors who gave through power2give and to The Johnson Foundation, which matched their gifts.

 

Landscape Re-Framed: Sculptures by Celene Hawkins
August 2–October 20, 2013

Celene Hawkins, Foliate (detail), 2013, Photograph in mixed media frame, 18 x 22 in.

Celene Hawkins, Foliate (detail), 2013, Photograph in mixed media frame, 18 x 22 in.

This year, Cincinnati-based artist Celene Hawkins’s new series of sculptures resonates with the Taft Museum of Art’s European landscape paintings. Hawkins’s exhibition draws upon the botanical motifs found on gilded decorative frames, as well as the landscapes ensconced within. In her work, frames move beyond merely presenting a work of art to becoming the art themselves. Within these structures, Hawkins incorporates her vision of the modern landscape, which both echoes and challenges the ideal presented in 19th-century painting. Working in a range of materials that includes metals, wax, ceramic, and mixed media, Hawkins examines the landscape and natural environment through sculptures, installations, and photomontages.


Sponsor
The Suzanne M. and Robert L. LaBoiteaux Family Foundation

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
GE Aviation

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Photographic Wonders:
American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
On view through August 25, 2013

Unknown Maker (American), Tightrope Walker, about 1855, daguerreotype, half plate, image size: 5 ½ x 4 ½ inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.37.15. © Nelson Gallery Foundation

Unknown Maker (American), Tightrope Walker, about 1855, daguerreotype, half plate, image size: 5 ½ x 4 ½ inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.37.15. © Nelson Gallery Foundation

By the middle of the 19th century, Cincinnati was the Queen City of the West. A transportation hub, the city was home to industry, art, and even a professional baseball team. Though there are numerous written accounts of life in the big city at this time, we are also fortunate to have images of this era because of the earliest “photographic” works, known as daguerreotypes. In 1839 the American public first encountered this exciting new invention. By 1843, daguerreotypists had set up shop in every major city in the United States. Visitors to the Taft will have the opportunity to view these remarkable works. This exhibition features about 90 daguerreotypes of exceptional quality and variety, with the high degree of resolution typical of these rare, one-of-a-kind photographs. Works by both famed and anonymous makers provide a window into mid-19th-century America: its occupations, trades, urban and rural scenery, and racial and ethnic diversity.

Listen to Installing Curator, Tamera Muente, talk with WVXU’s Mark Perzel about the exhibition

Listen to Manager of Public Programs, Mary Ladrick, speak with WNKU’s Matt Kelley about Photographic Wonders and Local Exposures

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

Sponsors
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees
Chellgren Family Endowment Fund
The Frank J. Kloenne and Jacqueline D. Kloenne Foundation
The John W. Hauck Foundation
Docents of the Taft Museum of Art

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Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner P&G

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Local Exposures: Cincinnati Daguerreotypes
April 19 – July 21, 2013

Unidentified artist, Edwin Forrest, 1848, half-plate daguerreotype. Cincinnati Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. James M. Landy in memory of James M. Landy, 1899.32

An early form of photography, daguerreotypes are exquisitely detailed, one-of-a-kind images created on a mirror-like silver surface. Dozens of daguerreotype studios made Cincinnati their home in the mid-19th century. This exhibition features a small selection of Cincinnati-related daguerreotypes from local and regional collections.

Among the earliest views of Cincinnati, street scenes offer a snapshot of the growing young city. Portraits of famous Americans whose likenesses were captured while passing through town suggest the prominence of Cincinnati on the national scene. Intimate family portraits reveal the popularity of the early technology among the middle class. And handbills, business cards, and advertisements spotlight Cincinnati’s burgeoning daguerreotype industry.

 

African American Art since 1950:
Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center
February 15–April 21, 2013

Jacob Lawrence, Carpenters, silkscreen, 1977. David C. Driskell Center

In 1976, scholar, curator and artist David Driskell revealed the depth and breadth of African American art with a landmark exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art. In a new exhibition, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of African American Art provides a sequel, a broad survey of how this art has evolved since then. Well-known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Romare Bearden, and Sam Gilliam are joined by powerful younger talents including Kara Walker, Willie Cole, and Chakaia Booker. Approximately 60 works in a great variety of media—paintings, sculpture, prints, collage, photography, and mixed media—present a vivid sampling of the range of expression of these American voices.

Sponsors

Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Anonymous Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Chellgren Family Endowment Fund
The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation
Docents of the Taft Museum of Art
Lynne Meyers Gordon, M.F.A.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner
P&G

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This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

 

Immortal Vessels: Chinese Porcelains of the Qing Dynasty
January 25–April 7, 2013

This exhibition of a small group of fine Chinese porcelains from the Taft Museum of Art’s collection creates an intimate space for close inspection and interpretation. The objects date primarily from the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) when Chinese ceramic technology reached its peak. At that time, Chinese artisans wielded a full palette of enamel colors to paint intricate designs. Several of these captivating vessels are on view for the first time. Photographs and text will explain how some were recently cleaned, stabilized, and repaired.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment

ArtsWave Partner: GE Aviation

Operating Support Provided By ArtsWave Ohio Arts Council

 

Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography
October 12, 2012-January 27, 2013

Included are Steichen’s iconic portraits of famous actors, actresses, painters, producers, athletes, playwrights, poets, dancers, journalists, singers and writers, in addition to numerous fashion photographs. Steichen’s crisp, bold, modern style revolutionized fashion photography during the 1920s and 1930s, and greatly influenced his successors in the field, including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Bruce Weber. The 1920s and 1930s represent the high point in Edward Steichen’s photographic career, and the work he did for Condé Nast’s influential magazines will stand forever among the most striking creations of twentieth-century photography.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

Sponsors Chellgren Family Endowment Fund Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation Digi and Mike Schueler Docents of the Taft Museum of Art Warrington Exhibition Endowment

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Exhibition Support Generously Provided By Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
ArtsWave Partner: P&G
80th Anniversary Sponsors: Fifth Third  Bank; Fifth Third Foundation
Operating Support Provided By: ArtsWave; Ohio Arts Council

 

Antique Christmas
November 2, 2012–January 13, 2013

Usher in the holiday season with this display of antique ornaments, toys, and cards. Antique Christmas revives Christmases of generations past and shares the holiday’s beautiful decorations and festive traditions. In addition to items created during the roughly one hundred years that the Taft historic house was inhabited (1820–1931), this year’s exhibition features patriotic ornaments and toys to commemorate this election year, an Art Deco Christmas display, a feather tree with 1930s wooden ornaments, a fully-furnished 1940s dollhouse, and an antique feather tree adorned with a nostalgic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer display of post–World War II Christmas memorabilia. From games and garlands to Victorian Christmas paper and blown-glass ornaments, this exhibition of holiday delights from regional private collections will enliven your Christmas spirit.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
ArtsWave Partner: Macy’s
Operating Support Provided By: ArtsWave; Ohio Arts Council

 

Pages of History: 80 Years of the Taft
August 10, 2012–January 6, 2013

The Taft Museum of Art opened to the public on November 29, 1932, as a gift to Cincinnatians from founders Anna and Charles Taft. Celebrate the Taft’s 80th anniversary with this display of archival documents, letters, news clippings, and historical photographs focusing on important events in the history of the Taft and the historic home’s other former residents.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
ArtsWave Partner: GE Aviation
Operating Support Provided By: ArtsWave; Ohio Arts Council

 

Old Masters to Impressionists: Three Centuries of French Painting
from the Wadsworth Atheneum
May 18–September 16, 2012

Hartford art patron Daniel Wadsworth (1771-1848) founded the Wadsworth Atheneum to share the wonders of art with the public. America’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art has a rich and diverse collection of European art, featuring approximately 900 paintings, 500 sculptures, 800 drawings, and 3,000 British and Continental prints. Paintings on display represent periods ranging from late medieval through the mid-twentieth century. Especially impressive are Baroque paintings, including masterworks by Caravaggio, Hals, van Dyck, and Claude Lorrain.

Nineteenth century artists, particularly those working in France, are amply featured and include significant works by Degas, Cézanne, Renoir, Monet, Manet, van Gogh, Theodore Rousseau, Courbet, Boudin, and Sisley.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

Cincinnati Enquirer: French masters are glorious - Taft exhibits 50 breathtaking works

The Examiner: New Exhibit at the Taft Museum, Old Masters to Impressionists

AEQAI: French Painters Breaking Ground

Cincinnati Enquirer:French revolution at the Taft -Old Masters transformed fine art forever

CityBeat: Old Masters to Impressionists is  the kind of intimate show this venerable institution does so well…

Sponsors
Joy and W.G. (Pete) Alpaugh Trust
The H.B., E.W. and F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation,
Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees
Anonymous gift in celebration of the memory of
Katharine T. and Fletcher E. Nyce
A Friend of the Taft Museum of Art
Family Guide Sponsor: Docents of the Taft Museum of Art
Exhibition Support Generously Provided by
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
80th-Anniversary Season Sponsors

Fifth Third Private Bank
Fifth Third Foundation
ArtsWave Partner: P&G
Operating Support: ArtsWave; Ohio Arts Council

 

Ohio to the Whitehouse: Photographs by Matthew Albritton
April 27–July 29, 2012

Two grand Cincinnati buildings stand as evidence of the Taft family history: Charles and Anna Taft’s mansion on Pike Street (Taft Museum of Art) and the William Howard Taft National Historic Site on Auburn Avenue (the president’s birthplace, where he and older brother Charles grew up). Visitors to former residences such as these can literally walk in the footsteps of important Americans.

Seven American presidents were born in Ohio—Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding. Three of them were born in or near Cincinnati. This exhibition features never-before-seen photographs of Ohio’s presidential birthplaces and boyhood homes, some of which are intact and others of which only traces remain. From log cabins to stately mansions, these historic sites reflect a cross-section of 19th-century life in Ohio.

Matthew Albritton is assistant profession of art, photography, at Northern Kentucky University. His work includes series inspired by his travels in Scotland, Japan, Cuba, Mexico, and Hawaii and has been featured nationally in exhibitions and publications. Collaborating on a forthcoming book with Pennsylvania-based author Andrew Leiter, Albritton is photographing all 44 presidential birthplaces around the country.

Sponsor: The Suzanne M. and Robert L. LaBoiteaux Family Foundation
Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
ArtsWave Partner: GE Aviation
Operating Support: ArtsWave; Ohio Arts Council

 

Impressions and Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden
January 27–April 29, 2012

A twentieth-century master of collage and printmaking, Romare Bearden (1911–1988) was also arguably that century’s most influential African American artist. This is the first exhibition to focus on Bearden’s printmaking alone. It includes 75 vividly colored graphic works—etchings, engravings, aquatints, lithographs, collagraphs, screenprints, photo projections, and monotypes—all created over a span of thirty years. The exhibition also features some working print plates and proofs that reveal the artist’s creative process.

Thoroughly acquainted with abstract modern art, Bearden chose to retain recognizable compositions for his preferred subjects: rural life in North Carolina, urban New York, Caribbean scenes, jazz culture, modern family life, and biblical and mythological tales. He became a cultural hero because of his influential writings as an art critic, his work as an arts organizer, and his role as spokesman for African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance and mid- twentieth century.

The Romare Bearden Foundation organized the exhibition, and Pomegranate Communication published an illustrated catalogue.

School Tours Generously Funded By
P&G Fund
The P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Exhibition Sponsors
The Frank J. and Jacqueline Dawson Kloenne Foundation,
Fifth Third Bank and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees
Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation
Docents of the Taft Museum of Art
Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Media Partner: Cincinnati Herald
ArtsWave Partner: P&G
Operating Support Provided by
ArtsWave; Ohio Arts Council

 

J. M. W. Turner: Watercolors to Books
February 10–April 15

Today’s Fodor’s and Frommer’s travel guides can trace their roots to 19th-century travel books with elegantly etched views that originated as watercolors. British landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner broke new artistic ground with breathtaking watercolors reproduced as etchings to illustrate travel books, poetry, and novels.

This exhibition pairs ten watercolors by Turner from the Taft Museum of Art’s collection with a selection of Turner-illustrated books. Spanning the first half of the 19th century, the books and watercolors depict landscapes of Switzerland, Germany, England, Scotland, and Italy.

Because this will be the last opportunity to see these works for quite some time, the Museum has enhanced the experience with some of the actual volumes that feature engravings based on the originals, lent by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and University of Cincinnati Libraries.

 

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art
November 4, 2011–January 29, 2012

A holiday favorite returns to the Taft! See new collections of vintage ornaments.

This year visitors will be able to see an intricate Christmas village composed of many houses and inhabited by small lead figures; a tree with Russian paper and glass ornaments representing Russian fairy tales; a miniature Santa’s toy shop; a Tudor-style dollhouse; a tree bearing American-made World War II ornaments; a display of early wooden Jack-in-the-box toys; a collection of wire-wrapped blown-glass ornaments; and a tree decorated with antique paper dolls.

 

Once Upon a Time at Christmas
October 28, 2011–January 29, 2012

The holiday season has long been a magical time for children. Clement C. Moore’s poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (originally published in 1823) solidified the American tradition of Santa Claus. Nineteenth-century illustrations by Thomas Nast gave Santa Claus the image we still associate with the jolly old elf. This exhibition in the Sinton Gallery includes 13 antique illustrated editions of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas ranging from the 1850s through the 1920s as well as selected illustrations created by Nast for Harper’s publications depict nursery rhymes, scenes from childhood, and Santa himself.

 

George Inness in Italy
October 7, 2011–January 8, 2012

This is the first exhibition of Italian landscapes Inness made during and between his two transformative visits to Italy in 1851–52 and 1870–74. Leading collectors and affluentAmerican travelers prized Inness’s Italian paintings as both progressive artistic experiments and as mementos of Italy. He is still widely admired as the pioneer of the evocative style known as tonalism, which this exhibition traces to his experiences in Italy. The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which has co-published a full-color exhibition catalogue with Yale University Press Inc.

 

Still[ed] Life: Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis
August 5–October 16, 2011

The Taft Museum of Art continues its commitment to exhibiting local contemporary artists with Still[ed] Life: Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis. Combining the idealized beauty of historical decorative arts with the hyperrealism of the naturalist eye, Parker and Davis will fill the Sinton Gallery with porcelain objects inspired by works from the Taft’s permanent collection.

Porcelain still lifes overflowing with exotic fruit, flowers, animals, and other curiosities will reflect on the passion for collecting evidenced in 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings, such as the Taft’s still life by Balthasar van der Ast. The work will draw on
the artists’ fascination with taxidermy and the natural order as well as their focus on ornament, detail, and craft. Several hand-painted porcelain busts, inspired by Hiram Powers’ marble bust of Alphonso Taft in the Taft collection, will evoke decorative arts made throughout Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows
June 10–August 14, 2011

Seven 8-foot-high stained-glass lancet windows, representing seven angels, the whole created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1890s as a commission for a Swedenborgian church in Cincinnati. In 1903 Louis Comfort Tiffany and his studio completed and installed a set of seven figurative windows in the Swedenborgian Church of the New Jerusalem at the corner of Oak Street and Winslow Avenue in Cincinnati. The church was demolished in 1964 to make for Interstate 71, and parishioners saved the windows, storing them in various locations throughout Ohio. In 1991, they were purchased for the Swedenborgian church at Temonos, near Philadelphia. They are on a national tour to help pay for their conservation and upkeep.

The windows are exquisite examples of Tiffany’s glass art. Tiffany revived old medieval and Renaissance methods of glass painting and invented many new techniques of working with glass: making opalescent, rolled, textured, and flashed glass, among other methods. The windows embody the American Renaissance, a blossoming of the arts and decorative arts between 1876, the year of the American centennial, and 1914. Further, as a site-specific installation for a Cincinnati church, they belong to the history of our region.

 

The American Impressionists in the Garden
February 18–May 15, 2011

This exhibition explores the importance of gardens in American art and society. Appreciated for their variations of form, color, style, and silhouette, gardens constitute a key cultural interest of the period. The vogue for gardening expressed itself in the birth of garden clubs, horticultural and hobbyist publications, the establishment of civic and private gardens, and new modes of garden design. American impressionist painters turned their attention to the garden, as well, finding it an ideal subject for the study of light and color in landscape.

These 40 paintings, depicting European and American gardens, created by American impressionist artists and four bronze sculptures created for gardens by American sculptors, will be displayed by bringing together brilliantly colored paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos
December 3, 2010–January 30, 2011

Los Caprichos are likely the great Spanish artist’s most influential works and continue to inspire artists to this day. As both prints and images, they are decades ahead of their time. “In these riveting and often nightmarish images, Goya anticipated Freud’s and the Surrealists’ hallucinatory world of human irrationality and dreams by a hundred years.” Goya pioneered astonishingly innovative etching techniques, visual forms, and artistic themes, anticipating the later movements known as Realism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, and Surrealism.

The etchings on view are from an early first edition, one of four sets acquired directly from Goya, and belong now to an American private collector. The exhibition is organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions. Goya (1746–1826) is one of the world’s greatest artists, as famous for portraits that seemingly penetrate his sitters’ souls as he is for portrayals of the brutality of the Napoleonic Wars in Spain (1808–14). The Taft Museum of Art owns an important oil portrait by Goya, Queen Maria Luisa of Spain, of about 1800.

 

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art
November 5, 2010–January 9, 2011

The Taft offers “something old, something new” this year during the holidays, with its always-changing display of vintage Christmas trees, ornaments, and toys from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Upon entering the museum galleries, visitors will find a charming dollhouse along with a selection of Noah’s Ark toys complete with animals in pair. Also new this year will be a miniature storefront decorated for the holidays and a display of Italian glass ornaments made in the 1940s. The traditional feather trees will include displays devoted to butterfly, flower, and angel ornaments. Guests can reminisce or discover the artfully crafted Christmas decorations of earlier generations.

 

The Colors of Christmas: Victorian Paper Decorations
November 5, 2010—January 9, 2011, Keystone Gallery

Discover a favorite craft material of the Victorian era, known by the tongue-twisting name of “chromolithographic scraps.” These brilliantly colored, shiny, printed Christmas cut-outs served as the stickers of their time, inspiring 19th- and early 20th-century homemade ornaments and decorations. Visitors can see ten or more exceptionally large and fine examples of “scraps”; those on view in the Keystone Gallery equal the scale of small paintings.

 

American Elegance: Chintz Appliqué Quilts, 1780–1850
August 27–November 7, 2010

What often comes to mind when we think of quilts, is patchwork. In this country’s early decades, inventive quilters carefully cut foliage, flowers, birds, and animals from costly printed, polished cotton, called chintz, and with tiny stitches, painstakingly applied these colorful fabric pieces to neutral cotton backgrounds. Embellishing and quilting, these artists created some of the largest and most colorful quilts ever made in America.

The exhibition American Elegance: Chintz Appliqué Quilts, 1780–1850, features 20 of these distinctive quilts. Both status symbols and decorative showpieces, quilts such as these might well have been owned by the early inhabitants of the Pike Street home in Cincinnati that later became the Taft Museum of Art.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

 

Turner Watercolors from the Taft Collections
May 28 –July 25, 2010, Keystone Gallery

Along with two major oil paintings, one from early in his career and one late, the Taft Museum of Art holds ten watercolors by Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775–851). Spanning the first half of the19th century, these watercolors depict landscapes of Switzerland, Germany, England, Scotland andItaly. Historically, they broke new ground in the artistic fields of book illustration, travel views and the watercolor medium itself.

 

TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 18451945
May 21August 8, 2010

The 120 vintage photographs in this exhibition show the rise of Pictorialism in the late 19th century,which strove to elevate photography to an art form. Photographers include Alvin Langdon Coburn,Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Gertrude Kasebier, Heinrich Kohn, Robert Demachy, Frederick Evans, F. Holland Day, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham and Ansel Adams.

Pictorialismsimultaneously a movement, a philosophy, an aesthetic and a styleresulted in some of the most spectacular photographs ever taken. This exhibition shows the desire of artists in the late 19th century to elevate photography toan art form equal to painting drawing, and watercolor.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

 

Elizabeth Nourse: Motherhood in Holland and France,
March 12 –May 23, 2010, Keystone Gallery

The expatriate painter Elizabeth Nourse (American, 1859–1938) left Cincinnati in 1887 to study, live,and work in Europe for the rest of her life. This small selection of paintings and sketch books from local private collections highlights her interest in depicting mothers and children inFrance and Holland. Nourse’s paintings are also featured in the special exhibition Dutch Utopia,which will be on view in the Fifth Third Gallery.

 

Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880–1914
February 5–May 2, 2010

Approximately 70paintings and works on paper have been lent from collections throughout the United States andEurope for this exhibition, which has been organized by the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah,Georgia. This exhibition features art by renowned American artists such as Gari Melchers, WilliamMerritt Chase, John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri, as well as other painters, includingCincinnati-born artists John Twachtman and Elizabeth Nourse.

The tulips, windmills, peasant costumes and canals so characteristic of Holland were powerfullycaptured by a group of American artists who frequented or settled in the Netherlands in thedecades around 1900. The artists included in this exhibition painted visions of Holland that alluded to the United States’ colonial Dutch heritage anddisplayed nostalgia for that more simple way of life.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

 

Small Paintings, Keystone Gallery
January 15–May 23, 2010

Treasures can as often be found insmall frames as in large ones. A group of diminutive oil paintings from the Taft Museum of Artand Cincinnati Art Museum offers an intimate experience of collecting tastes at the turn of the20th century. Featured are tiny paintings by 18th- and 19th-century artists from France, Holland, Belgium and the United States.

 

Drawn by New York: Drawings and Watercolors from the New-York Historical Society
November 20, 2009–January 17, 2010

The works in this exhibition convey the many transitions of the United States,which began as a dependent colony but soon grew to become a frontier nation, then a burgeoning industrial giant and finally a world power. These rarely exhibited works come from the New-YorkHistorical Society, a museum that began collecting drawings and watercolors before any other public institution in the United States. Founded in 1804, it is the oldest museum in New York and has a premier collection of American art.

The outstanding works included, which range from the 1600s to the present, express the ever-changing American self-image, as seen through the eyes of Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, JohnFrederick Kensett, Albert Bierstadt and Jasper Cropsey, among many others.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

 

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum
November 27, 2009–January 10, 2010

Vintage Christmas decorations from area private collectors willadorn the galleries of the Taft Museum of Art over the holidays. A variety of rarely displayedobjects and toys created during the years that the former house was inhabited (1820–1931) willgrace its halls and rooms. Notably, German feather trees made of wire and goose feathers will betrimmed with ornaments that were made in America or imported here from around the world. Festivegreenery will deck the halls and exterior of the house, and the Dining Room will be set for theholidays with sparkling china, crystal, and silver.

 

The Chemistry of Color: The Sorgenti Collection of Contemporary
African-American Art

August 21–November 1, 2009

Many African American artists made creative breakthroughs drawing inspiration from the courage ofthe Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. This exhibition traces these developments, withmasterworks by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, leading to the emphasis on paintings,sculptures, works on paper, and mixed-media objects from the late 20th century that are vibrant,bold, optimistic and spectacularly colorful.

This exhibition traces developments in African American art throughout the 20th century,beginning with masterworks by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, and leading to paintings,sculptures, works on paper and mixed-media objects that are vibrant, bold, optimistic andspectacularly colorful.

Artists represented include Benny Andrews, Sam Gilliam, HowardenaPindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar and Raymond Saunders. The 70 pieces express the new Americanideals and identities forged in the period 1960 to 1990. Philadelphia collectors Harold and AnnSorgenti assembled this collection, which they donated to the Pennsylvania Academy of the FineArts, the organizer of this exhibition.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

 

Axis Mundi: Emil Robinson
July 31–October 18, 2009, Keystone Gallery

In this new body of work,Robinson has placed meticulously rendered figures against geometric backgrounds. This juxtaposition of realism and pure pattern reveals the magic of painting‚ we see what appear to be volumetric forms but are simultaneously reminded that a painting is a two-dimensional surface.

Robinson graduated with a master of fine arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2006and a bachelor of arts from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, in 2003. In 2007, he received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, a Canadian organization that supports emerging representational artists from around the world. His work is represented regionally, nationally,and internationally at Heike Pickett Gallery, Versailles, Kentucky; Gallery Henoch, New York; and Waterhouse & Dodd Contemporary, London, England.

 

Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen
January 30–April 26, 2009

Films set in the past require the creation of historically accurate, often sumptuous costumes. Such costumes play a critical role in the aesthetics and power of the character by suggesting not only the historical setting but also the personality, age, class and status of their wearers. Over the last few decades, specialized costumers have created magnificent examples for leading filmmakers such asFranco Zeffirelli, Ang Lee and Robert Altman. Many of these original costumes are preserved in the collection of the London costume house, Cosprop, Ltd. This exhibition includes 36 costumes from films such as Evita, Titanic, Ever After and Sense and Sensibility, among many others.Evoking the Renaissance through the mid-20th century, the costumes perfectly complement garments worn by sitters and other figures in paintings in the Taft’s permanent collection. This exhibition will be curated by Nancy Huth, Taft Museum of Art curator of education.

Read the Collection Connection from Portico here.

 

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