Upcoming Exhibitions

From Studio to Carousel: The Whimsical World of Jonathan Queen
May 22- September 6, 2015
Sinton Gallery

Jonathan Queen completes Rapid Run Park in his studio.

Jonathan Queen completes Rapid Run Park in his studio.

Celebrate the opening of Carol Ann’s Carousel with an exhibition of works by Cincinnati artist Jonathan Queen. Cincinnati Parks selected Queen to create 16 original paintings for the carousel, located in Smale Riverfront Park near the Roebling Suspension Bridge in downtown Cincinnati. Each painting features a whimsical animal enjoying one of Cincinnati’s parks, including Lytle Park with a view of the Taft Museum of Art. Known for his realistic paintings of toys, which merge still life with narrative, Queen designed and sculpted 30 original animal characters that he included in the 16 colorful park landscapes. For the carousel, Queen also painted 16 views of Cincinnati architectural landmarks with the assistance of ArtWorks apprentices. This exhibition will feature Queen’s studies for the carousel paintings, clay models for the animals, and other carousel-related works, while revealing the painstaking process that Queen used to complete each painting. Playful, nostalgic, and witty, Queen’s carousel project captures the wonder and joy of experiencing the outdoors in Cincinnati’s beautiful parks.

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Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians
June 13–September 20, 2015
Fifth Third Gallery
This Exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with the Taft Museum of Art.

Edward Curtis, Chief Joseph—Nez Perce, 1903, photogravure. Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection

Edward Curtis, Chief Joseph—Nez Perce, 1903, photogravure. Courtesy of the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection

Edward Curtis captured a disappearing world: the living culture of the American Indian. These exquisite photographs, taken from 1900 through 1930, include celebrated, iconic, and previously unknown images that unforgettably present the lives of the indigenous American peoples. The exhibition features several different photographic media, including platinum prints, gelatin silver prints, goldtones, photogravures, and cyanotypes. Curtis treated his subjects with great dignity, and the images still have the power to move us profoundly.

Taft Sponsors
The Frank J. Kloenne and Jacqueline
D. Kloenne Foundation
Florence and Ron Koetters
Digi and Mike Schueler

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment

Season Sponsor
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Free Sundays
Western & Southern Financial Group
Friends of the Taft Museum of Art

Season Funder
ArtsWave

Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council

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Jacob Lawrence’s Paintings of the Hero of Haiti
October 9, 2015–January 17, 2016
Fifth Third Gallery
Courtesy of the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA

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

Jacob Lawrence’s paintings often tell epic stories from African American history. This exhibition offers the rare opportunity to see one of his most important series in its entirety. The dramatic story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, revered as the founding father of Haiti, is recounted through 41 tempera paintings. Lawrence’s signature style of geometric shapes and expressive colors lends an emotional edge to this sweeping tale. Although it illustrates the horrors of slavery and battle, the series is also a testament to the endurance of the human spirit forged during the struggle for freedom.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment

Season Sponsor
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Free Sundays
Western & Southern Financial Group
Friends of the Taft Museum of Art

Season Funder
ArtsWave

Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council

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Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape
February 19–May 29, 2016
Fifth Third Gallery

Before the Impressionists, French artist Charles-François Daubigny pushed the boundaries of traditional landscape. In the 1850s and 1860s, Daubigny anticipated and helped shape Impressionism by routinely painting outdoors to capture qualities of light and atmosphere, by launching a floating studio boat on the French rivers, and by exhibiting sketch-like works that critics assailed as “mere impressions.” He became a mentor, colleague, and friend to the Impressionists, especially Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. This first major museum show devoted to Daubigny’s work draws on American and European collections. It surveys his development over four decades and explores the relationship between his paintings and early works by the Impressionists, some of which will hang nearby.

Approximately 42 masterpieces by Daubigny represent the artist’s greatest achievements, including both small easel paintings painted outdoors and grand-scale exhibition pieces completed in the studio. A selection of about 16 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Monet and Vincent Van Gogh (with a few by Pissarro) reveal Daubigny’s influence. A fully illustrated catalog with several essays offers significant new research on this insufficiently studied artist. The exhibition is organized by the Taft Museum of Art in partnership with the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and will travel to these two European museums after premiering at the Taft.

Major Support Provided By
Duck and Sallie Wadsworth
National Endowment for the Arts
Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr/U.S. Bank Foundation
The Thomas J. Emory Memorial

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment

Season Sponsor
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Free Sundays
Western & Southern Financial Group
Friends of the Taft Museum of Art

Season Funder
ArtsWave

Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council

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