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 docent for a half-hour tour of the exhibition.
February 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13

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

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Lucien Falize (1839–1897), Neo-Renaissance Pendant, about 1880. Gold, diamonds, tourmaline, pearl, and enamel. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. © Julien Vidal / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Lucien Falize (1839–1897), Neo-Renaissance Pendant, about 1880. Gold, diamonds, tourmaline, pearl, and enamel. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. © Julien Vidal / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Art Smarts | Jewels: A Rock by Any Other Name
Sunday, January 22, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.

Get ready for Bijoux Parisiens!

Join us for an informal and friendly art history talk with Manager of School and Docent Programs Lisa Morrisette. This program will help deepen your appreciation of jewelry in anticipation of Bijoux Parisiens. It will explore the history of jewels, our unending desire to possess them, and why we place value in them.

FREE. Reservations required: Click here for January 22, click here for February 2, or call (513) 684-4516.
These programs take place prior to the opening of the Bijoux Parisiens exhibition. The galleries will not be open on February 2; the Museum gates will open at 6 p.m. The content will be the same on both dates.
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Taft Tours | Baubles and Bijoux
Thursday, January 26, 1-2 p.m.
SOLD OUT

Feast your eyes on beautiful baubles in this fun and fresh tour of the Taft’s permanent collection. Docent Amy Perlman will share intriguing backstories and entertaining anecdotes about all that glitters in the Taft collection.

FREE for Taft members; regular admission pricing for non-members.  Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

This program takes place prior to the opening of the Bijoux Parisiens exhibition. It will be repeated Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., when the exhibition is on view.

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Crescent Brewing Co., Aurora, Indiana, gelatin silver contact print, 2013, from glass-plate negative, late 1880s. Collection of Jeffrey J. McClorey

Crescent Brewing Co., Aurora, Indiana, gelatin silver contact print, 2013, from glass-plate negative, late 1880s. Collection of Jeffrey J. McClorey

Forgotten and Faded: A Look at Cincinnati’s Past
Saturday, January 28, 1:30 p.m.
SOLD OUT

Join Cincinnati photographer and writer Ronny Salerno to take a look back in time at some of Cincinnati’s most ambitious projects. Salerno is the founder of popular blog Queen City Discovery and author of the book Fading Ads of Cincinnati.

FREE Taft members and non-members. Does not include Museum admission.

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Lucien Falize (1839–1897), Gothic Bracelet, about 1880. Gold, diamonds, and turquoise. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
© Patrick Pierrain / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Members’ Evening Reception
Thursday, February 9, 5–8 p.m

Join us for the opening of Bijoux Parisiens! Hosted hors d’oeuvres, complimentary bar, and valet. Enjoy live music by the Faux Frenchman! Take a guided exhibition tour at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., or 7:15 p.m. Tours are first come, first serve!

$15 Taft members; $22 guests of members. Reservations required by February 3: Click here or call (513) 352-5134.

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

Members’ Open House
Friday, February 10, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The special exhibition is open just for members!
FREE for Taft members; $5 for guest passes. Click here or call (513) 352-5134 to reserve your space.
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Lynne Ambrosini, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of European Art

Tour with the Curator | Exclusively for Taft members! 

Thursday, February 23, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 3, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join Director of Collections and Exhibitions Lynne Ambrosini for an enlightening overview of the brilliant jewels in the Bijoux Parisiens exhibition.

$10 Taft members, $15 guest of members. Reservations required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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BRACELET : FEUILLE DE CHARDON

Georges Fouquet (1862–1957), after a design by Charles Desrosiers (dates unknown), Thistle Leaf Bracelet, about 1905–1909. Enamel, gold, diamonds, opals, and pearls. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
© Patrick Pierrain / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet Droits d’auteur © ARS

Book Talk | Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession and How Desire Shaped the World
Friday, February 24, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join Popular Library Manager David Siders and Fiction Librarian Stephanie Cooper from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a lively discussion on this irresistible work. Stoned is a compelling work of social history mixed with narratives of desire, wealth, and scientific fact.

FREE. Does not include Museum or special exhibition admission. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516

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Jewelry in Context
Thursday, March 2, 6:30pm

Learn about the intriguing parallels between jewelry design and the global history of design with visual communicator and illustrator Mark Thomas. Thomas is Professor and Associate Dean at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and active board member of AIGA.

FREE. Does not include Museum or special exhibition admission. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
Galleries will not be open. Museum gates will open at 6 p.m.

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Artist Unknown (Paris), Neoclassical Necklace, about 1800. Gold and enamel. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris © Julien Vidal / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Artist Unknown (Paris), Neoclassical Necklace, about 1800. Gold and enamel. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris © Julien Vidal / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Workshop: The Art of Jewelry-Making
Saturday, March 4, 1–3:30 p.m.

Learn the art of jewelry-making and walk away with a gemstone necklace of your own. Artist and educator Dawn Grady of Junebug Designs will lead this workshop covering the basics of jewelry-making. This workshop includes all materials and a tour of the special exhibition.

$25 for Taft members; $40 for non-members. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Spring Member Luncheon
Wednesday, March 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Charles-François Daubigny, Ferryboat near Bonnières-sur-Seine (detail), 1861, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, 1931.463

Charles-François Daubigny, Ferryboat near Bonnières-sur-Seine, 1861, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, 1931.463

À la vôtre! Join us for a Parisian-style lunch and help us celebrate the return of Ferryboat at Bonnières, the Museum’s Daubigny painting, from Amsterdam and Edinburgh. Taft staff will also share some behind-the-scenes secrets of the dazzling French jewelry exhibition, Bijoux Parisiens.

$15 Taft members only. Reservations required in advance: Click here or call (513) 352-5134.

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Taft Tours | Baubles and Bijoux
Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Feast your eyes on beautiful baubles in this fun and fresh tour of the Taft’s permanent collection. Docent Amy Perlman will share intriguing backstories and entertaining anecdotes about all that glitters in the Taft collection.

FREE for Taft members; regular admission pricing for non-members. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

Registration includes a ticket to view the special exhibition after the tour. This program will also occur on January 26, 1-2 p.m.

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Georges Fouquet (1862–1957) after a design by Charles Desrosiers (dates unknown), Headband, about 1910. Diamonds, aquamarines, enamels, and gold. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet Droits d'auteur © ARS

Georges Fouquet (1862–1957) after a design by Charles Desrosiers (dates unknown), Headband, about 1910. Diamonds, aquamarines, enamels, and gold. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet Droits d’auteur © ARS

House of Fouquet: The Name Behind the Jewelry
Sunday, March 12, 2:30 p.m.

Local jewelry expert Kimberly Klosterman leads a lively conversation about one of the famous jewelers featured in Bijoux Parisiens, the House of Fouquet. The Fouquet family spans three generations and numerous styles. Klosterman began her career in art and antiques more than 30 years ago and now concentrates solely on jewelry.

FREE. Museum and special exhibition sold separately. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Workshop | Enamels Made Easy
Saturday, March 18, 12–4 p.m.
SOLD OUT

Join the expert enamellists at the W. W. Carpenter Foundation for a step-by-step workshop in this exciting medium and leave with your own dazzling design. This workshop is designed with beginners in mind—no previous experience necessary!

$20 Taft members; $25 non-members. Reservations required.
Location: W. W. Carpenter Enamel Foundation in Bellevue, Kentucky

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Cedric Michael Cox, photograph by Michael Wilson

Cedric Michael Cox, photograph by Michael Wilson

Contemporary Artist Talk and Reception
Sunday, April 2, 2–4 P.M.

Join Cedric Michael Cox, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning whose paintings are widely exhibited, for a discussion of his work, process, and motivation.

FREE. Does not include admission to Bijoux Parisiens. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Artist Unknown (Portugal), Devant de Corsage, about 1760. Tourmaline, quartz, and silver. Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris © Julien Vidal / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Jewelry of the French Courtesans
Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.

Join esteemed jewelry expert Elyse Zorn Karlin for an evening of fascinating histories of fabulous Frenchwomen and their equally fabulous jewelry. Karlin will recount stories of Madame du Barry, the Empress Josephine, and actress Sara Bernhardt among others. Karlin is co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts and has published extensively on the history of jewelry.

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

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International Slow Art Day
Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m.

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: to help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. It’s easy and fun – look slowly and carefully at five pieces of art in the permanent collection. Join participants in the Café for lunch and discussion. Tour: 11 a.m. -12 p.m., lunch to follow

FREE Taft members; regular admission pricing for non-members. Lunch sold separately. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.

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Brettell Lecture: “The Recovery of Paradise”
Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m.

Paul Gaugin, Rupe Rupe, 1899, oil on canvas. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Paul Gaugin, Rupe Rupe, 1899, oil on canvas.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Dr. Brettell will recount the complicated history of Gauguin’s painting Rupe Rupe (The Fruit Harvest). This masterpiece, only rarely seen outside the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, will be explained within the context of Gauguin’s late obsession with religion and his unpublished text L’Esprit Moderne et le Catholicisme. Sponsored by the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation.

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on February 1.

$10 Taft members, Woman’s Art Club members, and patrons of the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati Foundation; $20 general public.
Does not include admission to the Museum or special exhibition. Exhibition tickets are free for Taft members.

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Design à la Carte
New Date! Friday, April 28, 5-8pm

Enjoy bubbly with Bijoux Parisiens at the Taft’s popular happy hour program. View glittering jewels, learn the basics of good design, and create an original work of art to take home all while enjoying food and drinks with friends.

Ticket price includes exhibition admission, drink ticket, artmaking, and all other activities.

$5 Taft members, $20 non-members. Reservations required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.