November 4, 2016–January 8, 2017
Get into the holiday mood 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 a miniature log cabin in Christmastime woods; an antique clockwork Santa; an exhibit of early German nutcrackers; antique Christmas feather trees trimmed entirely with delightful red and pink ornaments, and—benefitting this national election year— a large-scale tree with old patriotic ornaments in red, blue and white. Festive greenery will deck the halls and exterior of the house, and the Dining Room will be set for the holidays with sparkling china, crystal, and silver.
Forgotten Cincinnati: Photographs from the 1880s
November 18, 2016 — March 5, 2017 | Sinton Gallery
In 2013, a private collector rediscovered a trove of large glass-plate negatives. These fragile documents by unidentified photographers constitute a time capsule of late-19th-century Cincinnati. Group portraits reveal the faces of former residents. Street scenes show life in a bustling city and record buildings that no longer exist. Construction views and industrial interiors portray Cincinnati as a developing modern metropolis. The exhibition features twelve recent photographic prints made from the original negatives, as well as examples of the negatives themselves. These astounding images conjure the Queen City’s vibrant past.
Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris
February 11— May 14, 2017 | Fifth Third Gallery
Sparkling gems, luxurious materials, elegant designs, and superb craftsmanship distinguish works by the great Parisian jewelry houses. Exploring the intersection of French art, fashion, and history, Bijoux Parisiens presents 75 glorious pieces of jewelry by Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others.
Featuring jewelry from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries, the exhibition traces changing styles from lavish Baroque adornments through stately Neoclassical pieces to modern Art Deco designs. Additional decorative objects, design drawings, and prints illuminate the jewelry’s place and significance within French history and culture. Drawn from the collection of the Petit Palais, one of Paris’s greatest museums, these brilliant creations reflect the work of dozens of talented artists, designers, and entrepreneurs who collaborated to create extraordinary works of art.
Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox
March 17–June 25, 2017
Cincinnati-based artist Cedric Michael Cox’s bright, lively, and often playful paintings offer abstract twists on traditional painting subjects. For this exhibition, Cox will present a new series of paintings inspired by works in the Taft collection. Working under a broad range of influences, including mythology, music, film, architecture, nature, and the urban environment, Cox encourages viewers to re-examine the world around them. His abstractions range from the geometric to the curvilinear, and look back to the fragmented forms of Cubism, the biomorphic shapes of Surrealism, and even the atmospheric colors of Tonalism.
Cedric Michael Cox regularly exhibits his work locally, regionally, and nationally. In the Cincinnati area, he has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and Northern Kentucky University. His paintings have also appeared at FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, among other venues. The City of Cincinnati has awarded Cox an Individual Artist Grant and a Congressional Award for Entrepreneurship. In 2015, he served as the Yeck Artist-in-Residence at the Dayton Art Institute. Cox teaches art at St. Francis Seraph School, and is the Cincinnati Public Schools Artist-in-Residence for Woodford Paideia and Chase elementary schools. He has led public mural projects in several neighborhoods around Cincinnati and is currently working on murals at Taft and Western Hills high schools and Talbert House.
Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400–2000
June 10–October 1, 2017
Fifth Third Gallery
Fifty paintings span six centuries in this who’s who of British painting. Highlights from the Berger Collection, housed in the Denver Art Museum, convey the history of British artistic achievement and delight the eye. Beginning with a medieval crucifixion scene and ending with contemporary painting, the exhibition touches on all major eras and genres in between. Captivating portraits show the faces of Tudor royalty, powerful aristocrats, and the rising middle class. Landscapes reveal the importance of the sea, the countryside, and the city to British identity. Compelling paintings of horses underscore the popularity of equestrian sports in Britain. In short, Treasures from the Berger Collection, with its masterpieces by artists including Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and John Singer Sargent, provides a rich survey of British painting.