Current Exhibitions

Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts
October 21, 2017–January 21, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery

Hexagon Quilt (detail), possibly made in Kentucky, about 1860–1880. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska– Lincoln, 1997.007.0598

For nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a dazzling range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 19 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight the skill, intelligence, and artistry of the women who practiced mosaic patchwork quilting during its early years. Mosaic quilters wrapped and sewed cloth around identically sized, geometrically shaped paper pieces. They then stitched the tiny units together into intricate patterns. The earliest quilt in the exhibition originated in 18th-century England. British colonists brought the technique to the New World, where American women embraced it. American quilts in Elegant Geometry date through the 19th century and were made by women from Eastern and Midwestern states including Kentucky and Ohio.

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Pop-Up Quilting Demonstrations
Don’t merely marvel at the intricate designs of Elegant Geometry—learn the techniques! Cincinnati fabric store Silk Road Textiles will offer pop-up demonstrations. Featuring a variety of historic and modern quilting techniques, each demonstration will provide new insights into the skilled craftsmanship featured in Elegant Geometry.

Saturday, October 21, 1-3 p.m.: Foundation Paper Piecing
Saturday, November 11, 1-3 p.m.: English Paper Piecing
Saturday, December 2, 1-3 p.m.: Embroidery/Modern Handstitching
Saturday, January 6, 1-3 p.m.: Needle Felting
Included with Museum admission.


Small Paintings from the Taft Collection
July 8, 2017–November 5, 2017 | Sinton Gallery

Attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), Village Interior (detail), about 1850-60, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, Gift of Minor and Daniel LeBlond in memory of R.K. LeBlond

Treasures can as often be found in small frames as in large ones. This group of diminutive oils features landscape, portrait, and figure paintings by artists from the United States, France, and Holland. The exhibition unveils a recent gift to the Taft collection from Minor and Daniel LeBlond in memory of R.K. LeBlond. Village Interior, attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), features a street in a small French village with peasants bathed in sunlight and shadow. The Taft permanent collection includes five works by Corot, who was one of Charles and Anna Taft’s favorite painters.