Talks & Tours

Click here for information on 2017 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence events.

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.

Treasures of British Painting dates:
September 30
Click here for reservations.

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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Robert S. Duncanson, Landscape Mural (detail), 1850-52, oil on plaster. 1931.238

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.

Robert S. Duncanson: Past and Present | Wednesday, October 4, 12–1 p.m.
Women Artists of Cincinnati | Wednesday, November 1, 12–1 p.m.
Home. Visual Conversations: Book talk by interior designer John Harrison | Wednesday, December 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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Hexagon Quilt (detail), possibly made in Baltimore, Maryland, 1830–1860. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2008.040.0014

ART SMARTS
A Checkered Past | Wednesday, October 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Off the Bed and On the Wall | Wednesday, October 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn about Elegant Geometry before it opens! The Taft’s Manager of School and Docent Programs Lisa Morrisette will lead both these fun and friendly talks about the past and the future of quilting. A Checkered Past looks at historic quilting styles, while Off the Bed and On the Wall explores the art quilt movement that pushes the boundaries of what a quilt can be.

FREE. Cash bar 6-6:30 p.m. Program takes place prior to the opening of the special exhibition; Museum galleries can be visited during regular hours.
Advance registration required: Click the links above or call (513) 684-4516.
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Stafford C. Berry, Jr.

Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Opening Reception
Thursday, October 5, 6-8 p.m.

During the Reception, Stafford C. Berry, Jr. will perform an opening ritual of music and movement. Refreshments, cash bar, and complimentary valet parking.

Click here to read more about Berry.

FREE. Reservations required by Monday, October 2. The galleries can be visited during regular hours.
Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
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Movement Dance Session for Teens and Adults
Monday, October 9, 6 p.m. | Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Berry will lead an interactive workshop that will provide an introduction to contemporary and traditional African and African American dance. Perfect for people who like to dance (and for those who don’t know yet!), but have little or no dance training. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes.

FREE. Space is limited. Click here to register or call (513) 684-4516.
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Painting with Light During BLINK
October 12-15

The Taft will partner with Chris Hall, a lighting designer who creates interactive public art experiences. Hall is the founder of Patchy Projects. His work encourages audiences to relate to familiar objects in new ways by combining digital and analog images. Hall will create an interactive museum wall featuring works from the Taft’s permanent collection. Participants can interact with the works using digital paint rollers to reveal wild, remixed works of art.

This will take place at the Federal Reserve Garden at dusk (approx. 7:15 p.m.) on October 12, 13, 14, 15. FREE. Tickets are not required.
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TRENDS AND TASTE| 100 Years of Interior Design at the Taft Museum of Art
Friday, October 13, 1–4 p.m. | tour + fabric sampler workshop

Have the distinctive carpets, window treatments, and furniture at the Taft caught your eye? Join Docents Kit Anderson and Debby Bosarge to explore a century of interior design as represented in the décor of our galleries.

This tour will end with a hands-on art-making workshop. Learn how to use fusible web to create your own unique piece of fabric.

$10 Taft members; $20 non-members. Includes Museum admission.
Advance registration required: Click the links above 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

Members’ Evening Reception
Thursday, October 19, exhibition open 5-8 p.m. | Reception 6-8 p.m.

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine, and specialty cocktail, the Quilting Bee. Live music and free valet parking.

Exhibition tours at 5:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Tour reservations are made during registration for the event. Space is limited!

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

Reservation required by October 13.

$15 Taft member; $22 guests of members.
Advance registration required: Click here or call (513) 684-4516.
For questions, please call Kristin McFadden at (513) 352-5134.
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Members’ Open House
Friday, October 20, 11:15 a.m.-4 p.m.

The special exhibition is open just for members! Exhibition tours at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Your tour reservation includes admission to the exhibition.

FREE for Taft members; Complimentary for guests of members with a guest pass. Advance registration required: Click here 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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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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Hexagon Quilt, possibly made in New England, about 1870–1890. International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1997.007.0238

Tour with the Curator
Friday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.
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 Young Professionals (ages 21-40)

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.