Upcoming Exhibitions

Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians

June 12–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.

 
This exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with the Taft Museum of Art.

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

ArtsWave Partner
P&G

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

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.

Courtesy of the Armistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA. Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1982.

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

ArtsWave Partner
P&G

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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