Talks & Tours

Program registration is for Taft Members only. Programs will be available to the public May 3.

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Special Exhibition Tour
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

Join a Taft docent or staff member for a half-hour tour of the special exhibition.
April 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28

Advanced tour registration is required, click here to reserve your space.

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Taft Highlights Tour
Every Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

Take a docent-led tour of the Taft collection.

FREE. No reservations taken.

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From Palette to Palate: The Art and Food of the Impressionists
Sunday, May 1, 2:30 p.m.

tarte tatinChallenge your senses! Explore color and taste in an afternoon of visual and culinary delight. Discover the new and vivid color palette of the Impressionists with Manager of School and Docent Programs Lisa Morrisette. Then, please your culinary palate with samples of French small bites prepared by Taft Executive Chef Luke Radkey. Reservations required in advance.

$10 Members, $15 Non-members. Reservations required: (513) 684-4516 or click here.

This does not include admission to the Museum or the special exhibition. Timed tickets available here.

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Art à La Carte (Just for Young Professionals)
Friday, May 13, 5—8 p.m.

Experience the café culture of France at the turn of the century. Spend an evening savoring wine, painting, and listening to music just like the Impressionists. Explore the masterpieces in Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape and enjoy French films, light refreshments, and a cash bar.

FREE Members. $15 Non-members. Includes admission to the Museum and special exhibition. Reservations required: (513) 684-4516 or click here.

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En Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop
Saturday, May 14 — Sunday, May 15 12 p.m. — 4 p.m.
(rain date May 21 and 22)

Mature woman painting outdoors.Have you ever wanted to paint outside in nature? Inspired by the working methods of Daubigny and the Impressionists, Ohio landscape artist Gretchen Durst Jacobs will conduct a two-day workshop in oil paints. Day one will look at Daubigny’s landscapes with an eye to constructing compositions. It will include sketching and painting on the Taft’s grounds. On day two, participants will walk to the river and find a location to make their own landscape en plein air. Paint and canvas will be supplied.

$60 Members, $80 Non-members. Reservations required: (513) 684-4516 or click here.

Includes admission to the Museum and special exhibition.

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Henry Raeburn, Jane Fraser Tytler, about 1810, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art

Taft Tour | Fashions of the Taft
Friday, May 27, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, June 24, 1:30 p.m.

Clothing, wigs, jewelry, and other fashion frivolities tell a story about the person wearing them. Join docents Kit Anderson and Debby Bosarge on a tour of portraits in the Taft’s permanent collection and learn how artists use clothing to describe the subject’s character and personality.

FREE Members, $10 Non-members (includes Museum admission)
Admission to special exhibition sold separately.
Reservations required: Call (513) 684-4516 or click here for May tour and here for June tour.

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Cora Detail

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Season 1, 2010. Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Book Talk | To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery
Friday, June 3, 1:30 p.m.

Read the book that inspired Cora Crawley’s character on Downton Abbey®. Join Popular Library Manager David Siders and Fiction Librarian Stephanie Cooper from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a lively discussion of To Marry an English Lord, by Gail Maccoll and Carol McD. Wallace.

FREE. Program registration: Click here or (513) 684-4516

This does not include admission to the Museum and will occur prior to the start of the Dressing Downton™ exhibition.

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Jane Austen’s Tour of the Taft
Friday, June 17, 1:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! See the paintings at the Taft in a whole new way—through Jane Austen’s eyes. Docent Barbara Wenner, University of Cincinnati professor emerita and author of several books and articles on Austen, will lead a tour of selected Taft works as Austen might have viewed them.

FREE Members, $10 Non-members (includes Museum admission)
Reservations required: Click here or (513) 684-4516

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Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Seasons 3-4, 1920-1921. Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Middle Crawley Daughter. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Seasons 3-4, 1920-1921. Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Middle Crawley Daughter. ©Carnival Films/ Masterpiece

Talk | Following Fashion Through Time
Thursday, July 7, 7—8 p.m.

Join Cynthia Amnéus, chief curator and curator of fashion arts and textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum, for a fascinating discussion on how the changing fashions at Downton Abbey reflected the changing times.

FREE. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516
Galleries will not be open.

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Walking Tour | Lytle Park
Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.

Take a walk back in time and see Lytle Park through the eyes of Downton Abbey® character Cora Crawley. Taft Manager of Adult Programs Ellen Stedtefeld will share some of the stories behind the historic buildings and the elite families who lived, worked, and socialized in the area.

$10 Members and Students. $15 Non-members. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516
This does not include admission to the Museum or the special exhibition. Timed tickets are required in advance, purchase here.

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Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Season 1, 2010. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Season 1, 2010. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

From Script to Screen: Crafting Costumes
Thursday, August 4, 6:30—7:30 p.m.

Join Dean Mogle, professor in and head of the costume design and technology program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, for a lively presentation on how a costume goes from script to screen.

FREE. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516
Galleries will not be open.

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Talk | The Mannered Life Before the Great War
Tuesday, August 9, 2 p.m.

Learn the fascinating and sometimes peculiar etiquette habits of early-20th-century Britain and how these changed after WWI. Local historian and author of the Cincinnati Soup series Cheri Brinkman will lead this interactive talk.

$10 Members, $15 Non-members. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516
This does not include admission to the Museum or the special exhibition. Timed tickets are required in advance, purchase here.

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Poppy Drayton as Madeleine Allsopp. ©Carnival Films

Poppy Drayton as Madeleine Allsopp. ©Carnival Films

Fashion à la Carte | Fashion Panel and Trunk Show (For Young Professionals)
Friday, August 19, 5–8 p.m.

Shop local clothing, create your own wearable art, and explore couture in Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. Cincinnatians on the fashion forefront will discuss the costumes of Downton Abbey® and how they influence style today. Enjoy light refreshments, live music, and a cash bar.

$15 Members, $35 Non-members. Includes admission to the Museum and special exhibition. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516

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Dancing Downton
Thursday, September 15, 6:30–8 p.m.

Watch dancers from the Flying Cloud Academy of Vintage Dance perform dances popular in the early 1900s, and participate in a workshop to learn the basic steps of the Ragtime era. British refreshments will be provided. Dressing in vintage costume is encouraged.

$10 Members, $15 Non-members. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516
Galleries will not be open.

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