Talks & Tours

Taft Highlights Tours
Sundays, 1:30 p.m.
Join a Taft docent for a half-hour look at a few of the highlights of the Museum collection.

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18

Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Join a docent for a half-hour tour of the exhibition.

October 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
January 7, 14

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Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821–1872), Landscape Mural, 1850–52, oil on plaster. 1931.238

Duncanson Mural Tour
Friday, September 30, 1:30 p.m.

Come see the Taft’s spectacular landscape murals and learn about the man who made them during this tour with Mary Ladrick, public historian and former manager of public programs at the Taft Museum of Art. Learn about Robert S. Duncanson’s fascinating life, artistic achievements, and legacy while looking at the Taft’s one-of-a-kind murals.

FREE Members; $10 Non-members, includes Museum admission

Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Taft Jr. | Colors All Around Us
Thursday, October 6, 11 a.m.—12 p.m.

Just for visitors aged 3—5 years, along with their caregivers! Taft Jr. includes story time, a close-up encounter with a piece of art, and a craft. Learn how colors mix together to make new hues, and then try it yourself by making your own vibrant creation. See how many different colors you can find throughout the Museum.

FREE for Members at the Dual/Family Level or above.
Non-members, FREE with Museum admission.

Registration: (513) 684-4517

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haunted house tour

Back by popular demand!

Haunted House: The Taft at Night
Thursday, October 13, 6–9 p.m.
SOLD OUT

HELP! The Taft Museum of Art has accumulated more than a century of ghost stories! Listen to spooky tales of strange occurrences and ghostly encounters then help figure out who is haunting the Taft Museum of Art! Learn about the house’s famous owners, solve mysteries, create painted lanterns, and enjoy Halloween-themed food, drinks, and music. Cash bar.

The Museum gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

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27_Carleton Watkins, Distant View of the Domes, Yosemite, about 1880

Carleton E. Watkins (American, 1829–1916), Distant View of the Domes, Yosemite, California, about 1880, mammoth albumen print. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg

Dialogue on Photography
Saturday, October 15, 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Get ready for Picturing the West with a lively discussion between Wright State University photography professor Tracy Longley-Cook, and Lisa Morrisette, Taft manager of school and docent programs. Through discussion and Q&A, they will touch on some historical aspects of early photography, different photographic techniques, and photography’s importance as an art form within our culture.

FREE. Picturing the West will not open until October 22.
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

This program is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Members’ Evening Reception
Thursday, October 20, 4–7 p.m.
Exhibition open 4–7 p.m.; Reception 5–7 p.m.

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John K. Hillers (American, 1843–1925), Captains of the Canyon (Spider Rock), Canyon de Chelly, Arizona Territory, 1879 or 1881, albumen print. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg

Enjoy live music, light bites, complimentary bar, and free valet parking! Exhibition tours will be given throughout the evening.

Tickets: $15 Taft members;* $22 guests of members. Free for FotoFocus Passport Holders.
Reservations required by October 17.

*Complimentary for Taft Museum docents and ambassadors.
*Complimentary with membership at the Sustaining level ($275) and above.

Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 352-5134.

Members’ Open House
Friday, October 21, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Extended evening hours! The special exhibition is open just for members, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.  Guest passes accepted. Please present membership card/guest pass at the admissions desk.

Free for Taft members and FotoFocus Passport Holders. Guest passes accepted.

Reservations: Click here

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Duncanson Mural Tour
Saturday, October 22, 11 a.m. –12 p.m.

Join Manager of Adult Programs Ellen Stedtefeld for a conversation about Robert S. Duncanson and the spectacular murals he painted. Ellen will touch on the artist’s fascinating life, artistic achievements, and legacy.

FREE Members; $10 Non-members, includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission. Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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23_Timothy OSullivan, Shoshone Falls, Idaho, about 1865

Timothy H. O’Sullivan (American, about 1840–1882), Shoshone Falls, Idaho Territory, about 1865, albumen print. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg

iPhonography Workshop: Photos at Your Fingertips
Saturday, October 29, 12–4 p.m.

Get the most out of your mobile device! Join Manager of Adult Programs Ellen Stedtefeld and founders of @IGersCincinnati, the leading Instagram account for the Cincinnati area community, for a one-day iPhone photography workshop. Starting with a tour of the special exhibition and a discussion about traditional photography, this workshop will challenge you to look at the world like a photographer.

$8 Taft members and FotoFocus Passport Holders; $18 non-members.
Program includes exhibition and Museum admission.
Participants are required to bring their own devices.
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Antique Christmas Celebration
Friday, November 4, 6—8 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with this FREE party at the Taft! Enjoy holiday treats while listening to your favorite carols and browsing the festive Antique Christmas displays.

The Museum gates will open at 5:30 p.m. FREE. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516

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15_William Henry Jackson, Veta Pass, 1882

William Henry Jackson (American, 1843–1942), Veta Pass, Colorado Territory, 1882, mammoth albumen print. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg

Gallery Talk | Waterfalls and Canyons, Trains and Tourism: The Pull of The West
Saturday, November 5, 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.  

Assistant Curator Tamera Muente shares her insights about the grand landscapes of the American West and how the scenery attracted preservationists, developers, and tourists alike.

Exclusively for Taft members and their guests!
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
$10 members; $15 guests of members.

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Book Talk: Desert Solitaire
Friday, November 11, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Read the classic memoir that earned author Edward Abbey recognition as a leading environmental and nature writer. Through a series of personal stories and philosophical musings, Abbey recounts his time as a park ranger at Arches National Park. Popular Library Manager David Siders and Fiction Librarian Stephanie Cooper from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will lead a lively discussion of Abbey’s Desert Solitaire.

FREE. Program does not include admission to the exhibition. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Take beautiful pictures of the Taft, inside and out!

Picturing the Taft: Instameet and Photowalk
Saturday, November 12, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

An Instameet happens when photo enthusiasts gather at a specific time to take photos of a particular place and then post them to Instagram (or the social media their choice). Join the founders of Cincinnati’s leading Instagram account for an Instameet and Photowalk! Participants will capture interesting and beautiful pictures of the Taft Museum of Art, inside and out, then share on social media. Lunch, conversation, and photo sharing at the Café will follow.

FREE Members; $10 Non-members, includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission. Lunch sold separately. Participants must bring their own devices (cameras without phones welcome!).
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Visions of the West
Thursday, November 17, 7–8:30 p.m.

Learn about Picturing the West from Americana and American Western Art art expert Wes Cowan. Cowan will be sharing his expertise on the history of the American West and how it has been presented through photography. He is the founder and owner of Cowan’s Antiques and a frequent contributor to Antiques Roadshow.

FREE. Program does not include Museum or special exhibition admission; galleries will not be open. The Museum gates will open at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

This program is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Taft_AXC_054Gallery Talk: Antique Christmas
Friday, November 18, 1–2 p.m.

Take a look at Antique Christmas with Kathy and Stewart “Greg” Gregory, lenders to the exhibition.

FREE Members; $10 Non-members, includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission.
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Holiday Season Kickoff
Sunday, November 27, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Enjoy free activities for the whole family at the Holiday Season Kickoff. The house will be decorated inside and out with lights, garlands, and Antique Christmas displays.  Take a picture with Santa, make an old-fashioned ornament, and enjoy carolers in the galleries.

Café reservations required: Please call (513) 352-5140.

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Stamp decoratingPrintmaking: Holiday Card Workshop
Wednesday, November 30, 1–4 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 1–4 p.m.

Make the holidays extra-special by crafting your own holiday cards! Manager of Adult Programs Ellen Stedtefeld will guide you through the basics of block printing and help you design your own one-of-a-kind holiday cards. Materials and templates will be provided.

$10 Taft members; $15 non-members.
Reservations required: November 30 Workshop or December 3 Workshop
Call (513) 684-4516 for more information.
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Gallery Talk: Antique Christmas
Thursday, December 8, 1–2 p.m.

Take a look at Antique Christmas with Kathy and Stewart “Greg” Gregory, lenders to the exhibition.

FREE Members; $10 Non-members, includes Museum and Special Exhibition admission.
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516
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04_Frank Jay Haynes, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Falls, about 1880

Frank Jay Haynes (American, 1853–1921), Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Falls, about 1880, mammoth albumen print. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg

Gallery Talk: Yellowstone and Yosemite: Early National Parks in Pictures
Thursday, December 15, 1–2 p.m.

In celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service, Assistant Curator Tamera Muente leads a photographic tour of our nation’s first national parks.

Exclusively for Taft members and their guests!
$10 members; $15 guests of members.
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Photo à La Carte
Friday, January 13, 5–8 p.m.

Fighting the winter blues? Get out and get social with the Taft’s popular happy hour program for young professionals! Take a final peek at Picturing the West, share photos with friends, and create your own original art—all while enjoying Western-themed bites, drinks, music, and more.

$10 Taft members; $20 non-members.
Ticket includes admission to the exhibit, a drink ticket, light bites, and art-making materials.
Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

 

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