Upcoming Exhibitions

Heroism in Paint:  A Master Series by Jacob Lawrence
October 10, 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

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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Charles François Daubigny, Sunset near Villerville, about 1876, oil on canvas. The Mesdag Collection, The Hague, The Netherlands

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape
February 20–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
Mr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth Jr.
National Endowment for the Arts
Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr/U.S. Bank Foundation

Platinum Sponsors
The Thomas J. Emery Memorial
CFM International

Gold Sponsors
Phillip and Whitney Long
Rich and Debbie Oliver
The Daniel & Susan Pfau Foundation

Bronze Sponsors
The Selz Foundation, Inc
Shannon and Lee Carter
Linda and Harry Fath
Friend of the Taft Museum of Art
Lynne Meyers Gordon
Kate and Gerry Greene
Deborah and Bruce Long
Ellen Rieveschl

Exhibition Supporters
Steve and Susan Black
Deborah and Paul Chellgren
Friend of the Taft Museum of Art
Debra and David Hausrath
Carl and Kristin Kalnow
Robert Lehman Foundation
John and Susan Tew
Jane and Jon Votel

Additional Support
Thomas Colville
Certain Teed Gypsum
Schiller and Bodo European Paintings, Lisa Schiller and Susan Bodo
Wm. Joel McCray
Paul and Elizabeth Sittenfeld
Steve and Lynne Vollmer

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

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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July 2–September 25, 2016
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
Fifth Third Gallery

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Season 2, 1916-1917. Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham; and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Season 2, 1916-1917. Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham; and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

One of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey has won numerous awards, including several for its outstanding costumes. Set on a sprawling English country estate, the series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, all fittingly dressed for the period.

Through 36 costumes, as well as accessories and film stills, Dressing Downton explores British fashion between 1912 and the early 1920s, a period of great change bookended by the sinking of the Titanic and the dawn of the Jazz Age. World War I (1914–1918) had a lasting effect on people’s lives and on what they wore. The exhibition shows the progression of women’s fashion from figure-altering corsets and bustles to straighter profiles and shorter skirts. For men, the de rigueur white tie and tails for dinner gave way to the more relaxed dinner jacket with black tie. On Downton Abbey as in history, clothing reveals important information about evolving social and economic classes. The exhibition will also draw connections to Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft, contemporaries of the fictitious Crawleys, who lived in the Taft historic house and assembled the collection that is now the Taft Museum of Art.

The exhibition is produced by Exhibits Development Group in collaboration with NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Films/PBS Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey®.

 

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