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. No reservations required.

Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Join a Taft docent for a half-hour tour of the special exhibition.
June 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

FREE Taft members; regular admission pricing for non-members. Includes Museum and special exhibition admission.

Timed tickets are required in advance: click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Lynne Ambrosini, Installing Curator

Tour with the Curator | Exclusively for Taft members!

Thursday, June 29, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 24, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, September 8, 1:30 p.m.
Join a small group for a unique opportunity to tour the compelling works in Treasures of British Painting with Installing Curator Lynne Ambrosini.

$10 Taft members, $15 guest of members. Reservations required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn is a new series featuring various experts in the Cincinnati community. This informal program takes place during the lunch hour and focuses on a range of topics related to art, history, and the unique aspects of our local culture.
 
“Starchitecture”: Famous Architects’ Buildings in Cincinnati | Wednesday, July 5, 12-1 p.m.
ArtWorks Murals and More | Wednesday, August 2, 12-1 p.m.
Stories from the Mercantile Library | Wednesday, September 6, 12-1 p.m.

$15 Taft members; $20 non-members. This program includes a boxed lunch. Museum and special exhibition admission sold separately.

Reservations required one week in advance of program: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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George Morland (English, 1763–1804), Apple Gatherers (detail), 1791, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art

A Brush with The British
Thursday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
Thursday, August 31, 1:30 p.m. – spaces still available!

Take a closer look at the fascinating faces and places in the Taft’s collection of British art. Docent Barbara Wenner will lead this special tour focusing on the stories behind some of the Taft’s most recognizable works.

FREE for Taft members; $10 non-members. Includes Museum/special exhibition admission.

Advance registration required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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BOOK TALK | Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A-Z of the Art World
Friday, July 14, 1:30 p.m.

Read Breakfast at Sotheby’s and view the paintings of the Berger Collection with the eye of an art dealer! This book is an insightful and irreverent commentary on the fickle and fluctuating art market, written with wisdom and wit. Join Popular Library Manager David Siders and Fiction Librarian Stephanie Cooper from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a look at art as a high-priced commodity.

FREE. Admission to the Museum and special exhibition is sold separately.

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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British School, Portrait of Henry VIII, about 1513, oil on panel, housed in its original frame, 15 x 9 3/4 in. The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, TL-17964

TALK | Greed, Lust, and Murder: King Henry VIII, the Tudor Court, and How It Changed England Forever
Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT

This talk will provide a sweeping narrative of the five Tudor monarchs, their loves and personalities as well as the art, architecture, and literature of the Tudor dynasty, which fundamentally changed England and the modern world as we know it. Speaker Curt DiCamillo is an American architectural historian and recognized authority on the British country house.

FREE. Cash bar 6-6:30 p.m. Museum gates will open at 6 p.m. The special exhibition can be visited during regular Museum hours.

To join a wait list for this event, please contact Megan Gooch at mgooch@taftmuseum.org or (513) 684-4516.
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John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Rosina Ferrara, Head of a Capri Girl (detail), 1878, oil on cardboard, 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, TL-17910

WORKSHOP |Portrait Drawing
Saturday, July 22, 1-4 p.m. SOLD OUT

Tuesday, September 14, 1-4 p.m. – spaces still available!

Create a portrait worthy of royalty! Join local artist and portraiture specialist Carin Hebenstreit for a one-day portraiture workshop. This workshop will cover the basics from mapping out facial proportions to perfecting shapes and shading techniques. Designed for beginners, but all levels welcome.

$15 Taft members; $25 non-members (includes all workshop materials as well as Museum and special exhibition admission). Participants can either bring an 8 x 10 professional photo to draw from, or use a photo of a work of art provided by the instructor.

Limited space. Advance registration required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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Painting à la Carte
For Young Professionals (ages 21-40)
Friday, August 4, 5-8 p.m.

Celebrate summer with the Taft’s popular happy hour program! Discover masterpieces of British art and create your own painting, all while enjoying fun and festive atmosphere. Themed music, bites, and a specialty cocktail will bring out your inner Anglophile!

$10 Taft members; $20 non-members. Includes admission to the special exhibition, drink ticket, light bites, and art-making materials.

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Jane Benson, A Place for Infinite Tuning I, 015, mixed media. Image courtesy of the artist and LMAK Gallery, New York

British Painting: Then and Now
Thursday, August 10, 7 p.m.

Join us for a special program featuring Taft Associate Curator Tamera Muente and Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) Curator Steven Matijcio. Muente and Matijcio will engage in a lively discussion about ongoing issues in British art from the 1400s through the present as seen in the works in the Treasures of British Painting exhibition and in Half-Truths, the CAC’s exhibit of work by contemporary British artist Jane Benson.

FREE. Cash bar 6:30-7 p.m. The Museum gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

The special exhibition can be visited during regular Museum hours.

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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New Series! Dig Deeper
Saturday, August 26, 1:30 p.m.

Challenge yourself to “dig deeper” and get to know a work in the Taft collection on a whole new level! This hour-long interactive program encourages participants to look closely at, ask questions about, and discuss one work of art under the expert guidance of a docent. This program is designed to leave you with a memorable conversation and a new appreciation for some of your favorite paintings in our permanent collection.

FREE for Taft members; $10 non-members. Includes Museum/special exhibition admission.

Limited space. Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.