Upcoming Exhibitions

London at Large: A Wall Sized Map
July 15 — November 6, 2016 | Sinton Gallery
Collection of  Randolph and Sallie Wadsworth

Jean Rocque (France, active 1734–62) and John Pine (England, 1690–1756), Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, and Borough of Southwark (detail); 1737–46, engraving

Jean Rocque (France, active 1734–62) and
John Pine (England, 1690–1756), Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, and Borough of Southwark (detail); 1737–46, engraving

Journey past the Houses of Parliament,Westminster Abbey, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as through cow pastures, timber yards, and waterworks, as you trace your way through London in the mid-1700s. This wall-sized map of London and its environs reveals the 18th-century metropolis in astonishing detail. Measuring 7 x 13 feet, the map illustrates the London inhabited by Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, and other English painters in the Taft collection. The massive work on paper represents a monumental achievement in cartography, or mapmaking, and offers a unique way to experience the history of one of the world’s great cities.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment

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Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council

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Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography
October 22, 2016–January 15, 2017  |  Fifth Third Gallery

04_Frank Jay Haynes, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Falls, about 1880

Frank Jay Haynes (American, 1853–1921), Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Falls, about 1880, mammoth albumen print. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg

As American expansion into the Western frontier exploded during the second half of the 19th century, so did the development of photography. The public craved images of America’s untamed territory, and intrepid photographers showed them what the rugged land looked like. Photographers captured natural wonders such as sweeping canyons and plunging waterfalls, along with manmade marvels like railways and mining structures.

The 41 photographs in Picturing the West can be viewed simultaneously as documentary, art, and promotion. While photographers presented America’s natural splendor in a way that was accepted as scientific and factual, they also constructed a vision of the West as a land ripe for development, exploitation, tourism, and in some cases, preservation. Several of the photographs recorded major features of America’s first national parks—the exhibition, in fact, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The photographs are exceptional in size—most are “mammoth plates,” which were unusually large for the era. All represent the work of noteworthy photographers of the period, including Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson, and Carleton E. Watkins. Picturing the West provides a unique opportunity to compare and contrast different photographic approaches to capturing the sublime in the American landscape.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment

Season Funder
ArtsWave

Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council

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Antique Christmas
November 4, 2016–January 8, 2017taft_xmas2

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. 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.

 

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