November 6, 2015 — January 3, 2016
Read more about the origins of this year’s Antique Christmas displays in this guidebook.
Get into the holiday mood by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys. Thanks to generous lenders from Cincinnati and beyond, you can escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past. Among the special offerings this year will be a grouping of toys that Santa might have left in the 1880s; a silver tree twinkling with 19th-century silver ornaments; an unusual Noah’s Ark display from Germany, with some two hundred animals; colorful Italian ornaments made just after World War II; and a Frosty the Snowman display.
Festive greenery will deck the halls and exterior of the house, and the Dining Room will be set for the holidays with sparkling china, crystal, and silver. Find out more about these antique collectibles in upcoming gallery talks with Kathy and Stewart “Greg” Gregory, lenders to the exhibition. For more information, click here.
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’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
Western & Southern Financial Group
Friends of the Taft Museum of Art
Ohio Arts Council