Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts
October 21, 2017–January 21, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery
For nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a dazzling range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 19 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight the skill, intelligence, and artistry of the women who practiced mosaic patchwork quilting during its early years. Mosaic quilters wrapped and sewed cloth around identically sized, geometrically shaped paper pieces. They then stitched the tiny units together into intricate patterns. The earliest quilt in the exhibition originated in 18th-century England. British colonists brought the technique to the New World, where American women embraced it. American quilts in Elegant Geometry date through the 19th century and were made by women from Eastern and Midwestern states including Kentucky and Ohio.
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Pop-Up Quilting Demonstrations
Don’t merely marvel at the intricate designs of Elegant Geometry—learn the techniques! Cincinnati fabric store Silk Road Textiles will offer pop-up demonstrations. Featuring a variety of historic and modern quilting techniques, each demonstration will provide new insights into the skilled craftsmanship featured in Elegant Geometry.
Saturday, October 21, 1-3 p.m.: Foundation Paper Piecing
Saturday, November 11, 1-3 p.m.: English Paper Piecing
Saturday, December 2, 1-3 p.m.: Embroidery/Modern Handstitching
Saturday, January 6, 1-3 p.m.: Needle Felting
Included with Museum admission.
November 3, 2017–January 7, 2018 | Historic Home
Fill yourself with holiday cheer by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys. Thanks to generous lenders from Cincinnati and beyond, you can escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past.
This year, you will see toys Santa might have left in years gone by: a jack-in-the-box display, a vintage Lionel toy train set, and dancing antique dolls. Festive decorations include a miniature lighted village of German houses, a heavenly arrangement of angels, a German table-top chandelier, and feather trees. Enjoy such treats as an unusual brown-coated Belsnickle “Santa” candy container, trees with cotton fruit, and a display of vintage dime store memories.
Greenery will deck the halls and exterior of the house, and the Dining Room will be set for a holiday feast with sparkling china, crystal, and silver.
A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones
November 17, 2017–February 18, 2018 | Sinton Gallery
Self-taught quilt artist and designer Heather Jones channels the world around her into minimalist quilts that conjure modern painting. Informed by her knowledge of quilting traditions and art history, she creates both unique designs and twists on traditional patterns. A Sense of Home will feature full-size quilts, smaller fabric works, and pages from Jones’s design sketchbooks, all inspired by the Taft Museum of Art.
Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
February 17–May 27, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery
Opulently colored stained glass, intricately patterned surfaces, and inventive metallic frameworks—these and other traits characterize the brilliant creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). A highly original craftsman and artist, Tiffany took natural forms as the primary inspiration for his lush decorative creations. His aesthetic, reinforced and extended by his team of designers, decisively shaped American tastes from the 1880s through the 1920s.
This exhibition presents more than 60 stunning examples of Tiffany’s decorative genius, including vases, lamps, windows, furniture, and ornamental objects. They include such iconic objects as his stained glass plant-form lamps, iridescent blown-glass vases, and illusionistic landscape windows. The exhibition comes from the Richard H. Driehaus Collection in Chicago, one of the country’s preeminent collections of American and European decorative arts. After the exhibition tour, the objects will return to the recently founded Driehaus Museum, opened in 2008 in a splendidly restored Gilded Age mansion.
Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution
June 23–September 16, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery
Ansel Adams’s breathtaking black-and-white photographs have become synonymous with the American wilderness. His best-known works express his experience in the heroic landscapes of the West: granite peaks rise triumphantly, light illuminates distant mountain ranges, rivers coil through vast expanses, and clouds swirl over the plains. Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution traces the photographer’s path to his signature style, beginning with rare early works and ending with prints Adams made late in life. In his earliest photographs, made in the 1920s, Adams embraced the prevailing Pictorialist style with intimately sized, soft-focused images. He shifted to sweeping, sharply focused views in the 1930s and ‘40s and to larger images with dramatic contrast after World War II. The exhibition concludes with a selection of late prints Adams made from earlier negatives that he considered some of his greatest works. Through iconic views and lesser-known subjects, Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution reveals Adams as a poet of light both in the field and in the darkroom.
Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC, and the Taft Museum of Art. The exhibition features 42 photographs from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, and 10 additional works selected from other collections, both public and private.