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 17, 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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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Queen María Luisa of Spain (detail), 1800, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art

ART SMARTS | Side by Side
A Portrait Fit for a Queen
Thursday, June 1, 6:30 p.m.

Learn about Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection before it opens! The Taft’s Manager of Adult Programs, Ellen Stedtefeld, will lead this fun and friendly art history talk, which will analyze and discuss the royal portrait of Elizabeth I from the Berger collection alongside the portrait of Queen Maria Louisa of Spain from the Taft’s permanent collection.

FREE. This program takes place prior to the opening of the British Paintings exhibition; galleries will not be open. Museum gates will open at 6 p.m.

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Cedric Michael Cox, photograph by Michael Wilson

Modernizing The Masters
Sunday, June 4, 1-4 p.m.

Join local artist Cedric Michael Cox for an afternoon of acrylic painting. Cox will share his technique of interpreting art from the past into new, lyrical works filled with vivid color, personal style, and imagination. Start the workshop drawing inspiration from the Taft’s permanent collection and leave with a painting that captures your creative spirit. Appropriate for all levels, from beginner to advanced.

$30 Taft members; $40 non-members (includes all workshop materials as well as Museum and special exhibition admission).

Limited space. Advance registration required: Click here 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.
 
Lytle Park 1900-1920 | Wednesday, June 7, 12-1 p.m.
“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. Does not include Museum or special exhibition admission.

Reservations required one week in advance of program: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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Sir Claude Francis Barry (English, 1883–1970), Victory Celebrations (detail), 1919, oil on canvas, 63 x 69 in. The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, TL-24828. Reproduced by kind permission of Amyl Holdings SA, owners of the worldwide copyright to the works of Sir Claude Francis Barry, Bart. 1883–1970

Members’ Evening Reception
Thursday, June 8, Exhibition open 5-8 p.m. | Reception 6-8 p.m.

• Light hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine, and Pimm’s Cup; and valet parking
• Live music and other British-inspired surprises

Complimentary for docents and Museum volunteers.
Complimentary with membership at the Sustaining Level ($275) and above.

Reservations required by June 2.

$15 Taft members; $22 guests of members.
Timed tickets are required in advance for all members. Click here for reservations or call (513) 684-4516. Museum gates will open at 5 p.m.

Tours of the special exhibition
Short tours led by curatorial and educational staff will take place throughout the evening. Click here to reserve your space on the tour. Tour reservations are required in addition to securing your space at the Members’ Evening Reception. Space is limited.
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Members’ Open House
Friday, June 9, 11:15 a.m.-8 p.m.

Extended evening hours! The special exhibition is open just for members. Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

Special exhibition tours will take place at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m. Timed tickets are required in advance for all members and guests. Click here to reserve your space on the tour. The reservation will include your admission ticket to the exhibition. Space is limited on the tours.

FREE for Taft members; $5 for guests with guest passes.
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AUTHOR TALK: Lost Tea Rooms of Downtown Cincinnati
Saturday, June 10, 2:30 p.m.

The fabulous tea rooms of Cincinnati were once the place to see and be seen. Travel back in time with author Cynthia Kuhn Beischel as she shares stories, photos, and recipes she discovered while creating her most recent book. In addition to the talk, Beischel will be available to sign copies of the book, and Executive Chef Luke Radkey will recreate a bite or two from Lost Tea Rooms to sample. The book is available in the Shop.

FREE. Does not include Museum or special exhibition admission.

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Angelica Kauffman (Swiss, 1741-1807), Papirius Praetextatus Entreated by His Mother to Disclose the Secrets of the Deliberations of the Roman Senate, about 1775–80, oil on canvas. 24 1/16 in. diameter. The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, TL-17722

Beyond the Berger Collection
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.

The exquisite 18th- and 19th century pieces in Treasures of British Painting reflect the traditional subjects and tastes of the British elite. However, these paintings only tell one side of the story. Historian Jeffrey Williams will look beyond the Berger Collection and explore what else was happening in England during this exciting time of expansion and industry. Williams is a professor emeritus of history at Northern Kentucky University.

FREE. Cash bar 6-6:30 p.m. Does not include Museum or special exhibition admission; galleries will not be open. Museum gates will open at 6 p.m.

Advance registration required: 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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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.
Thursday, August 31, 1:30 p.m.

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 admission. Does not include 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. Does not include admission to the Museum or special exhibition.

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.

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. Does not include Museum or special exhibition admission; galleries will not be open. Museum gates will open at 6 p.m.

Advance registration required: Click here or call (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.
Tuesday, September 14, 1-4 p.m.
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. Does not include Museum or special exhibition admission; galleries will not be open. The Museum gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

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. Include Museum admission.

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