Talks & Tours

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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’s permanent collection. No reservations required.
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Special Exhibition Tours
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

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

Elegant Geometry dates:
October 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25
December 2, 9, 16, 30
January 6, 13, 20
Click here for reservations.

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

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

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Photo provided by Elizabeth Bruemmer

WORKSHOP | Naturally Beautiful: Fabric Dyeing
Saturday, October 28, 1-4 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Create a vibrantly colored silk scarf using all natural materials! Discover the bundle dyeing process and how plants can be used to create an array of colors. Elizabeth Bruemmer, a designer and quilter who sells her handicrafts locally at the City Flea, will lead this workshop.

$30 Taft members; $40 non-members (includes all workshop materials as well as Museum and special exhibition admission).
Advance registration required: call (513) 684-4516.
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Elizabeth Nourse, Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 1892. Private collection

Lunch and Learn
Lunch and Learn features local experts showcasing a range of topics related to art, history, and Cincinnati-area culture. This program includes a boxed lunch. Reservations are required one week in advance.

Always a Model, but Never an Artist: Women Artists of Cincinnati  | Wednesday, November 1, 12–1 p.m.
To celebrate the Women’s Art Club’s 125th anniversary, Taft Associate Curator Tamera Muente will discuss the work of several Cincinnati women, including Elizabeth Nourse and Dixie Selden. They met the challenges of their era head on to become successful artists.

Home. Visual Conversations: Book talk by interior designer John Harrison | Wednesday, December 6, 12–1 p.m.
In his newly released book, John Harrison transports readers into the homes of 21 Cincinnatians for a behind-the-scenes exploration of the interior design. Harrison will share highlights of his work.

$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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Dig Deeper
Saturday, November 4, 1:30 p.m.

Get to know a work in the Taft collection on a whole new level! This hour-long interactive program requires participants to look 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 new appreciation for some of your favorite paintings.

FREE for Taft members; regular admission pricing for non-members. Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Rebecca Scattergood Savery, Star, Signature Quilt (detail), probably made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated 1844. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1997.007.0118

Fall Members’ Luncheon
Wednesday, November 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us for a delicious lunch and learn the ins and outs of putting together Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts. We will also discuss our permanent collection and this year’s Antique Christmas display.

Taft members only. $15.
Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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BOOK TALK | The Forgotten Seamstress
Friday, November 10, 1:30 p.m.

The Forgotten Seamstress tells the story of a woman who finds a quilt with ties to Buckingham Palace and seeks to unlock the secrets about the seamstress who created it. This work of historical fiction blends past and present to create an unforgettable story. Join Popular Library Manager David Siders and Materials Selection Librarian Stephanie Cooper from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a lively discussion.

FREE. Museum and special exhibition admission sold separately.
Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Tamera Muente, Associate Curator

Tour with the Curator
Friday, November 17, 1:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, January 10, 1:30 p.m.

Join a small group of members for the special opportunity to tour the dazzling designs of Elegant Geometry with Associate Curator Tamera Muente.

$10 Taft members; $15 guests of members with guest passes.
Advance registration required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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Craft à la Carte
Friday, November 17, 5-8 p.m.
For 21+

Celebrate Cincinnati’s craft culture with Craft à la Carte! Join us for an evening of art-making, craft beer, music, and bites—all inspired by the craftsmanship of the quilts of Elegant Geometry.

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

Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Antique Christmas Tour
Saturday, November 18, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 14, 1:30 p.m.

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

FREE for Taft members; regular admission for non-members.
Advance registration required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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Holiday Season Kickoff
Sunday, November 26, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Enjoy free activities for the whole family! The house will be decorated inside and out with lights, garlands, and displays of antique ornaments on old-fashioned feather trees.

 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Make an ornament and holiday card to take home.
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Bring your camera for photographs with Santa.
12–1 p.m.
Hear holiday stories in the Music Room.
1–2 p.m.
Meet birds from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Traveling Bird Encounter.
3–4 p.m.
Enjoy Christmas melodies with carolers in the galleries.

FREE. Admission to Elegant Geometry/Antique Christmas is free on Sundays. Due to popularity, timed tickets are recommended: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Heather Jones, Cover of Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday, Abrams, 2015.

ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION | Heather Jones
Sunday, December 3, 2 p.m.

Join Heather Jones for a discussion of her work, process, and motivation.

FREE. Admission to Elegant Geometry/Antique Christmas is free on Sundays. Advanced timed tickets are recommended.
Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Heather Jones, Central Parkway, cotton fabric, batting, and thread, 2014, 60 x 60 in. Photo courtesy of Quilt Local by Heather Jones, published by Abrams Books. Photography by Jenny Hallengren

SEWN TOGETHER | Quilting Workshop
Saturday, December 9, 12-4:30 p.m.

Heather Jones will combine modern design with historic technique for an afternoon of craft and camaraderie. Learn the paper-piecing technique used in Elegant Geometry and create a hexagonal flower design with a modern twist. Designed with beginners in mind, it is also appropriate for students at all skill levels.

$25 Taft members; $35 non-members (includes all workshop materials as well as Museum and special exhibition admission).

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