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In collaboration with local experts, talks with the Taft reveal the Queen City's culture from new perspectives.

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Signature Talk | Negotiating Authenticity Between Africa
and America: Ben Enwonwu and the Harmon Foundation,
1950–1957

Thursday, February 29

Fifth Third Gallery, Sinton Gallery, and Taft Historic House open until 6 p.m.

Talk is in Luther Hall 6–7 p.m. 

In 1950, Ben Enwonwu, with the help of the Harmon Foundation, became one of the first modern African artists to travel to the United States. The artist moved between pan-African contexts in Nigeria, Europe, and the US as colonialism waned and independence loomed in the decades following World War II. Enwonwu developed a personal narrative around his authenticity as an African artist rooted in his connection to tradition that appealed to an often-imagined idea of Africa then popular among audiences from diverse backgrounds. His successful negotiation of attitudes around African authenticity gave him the platform and language to articulate legacies of shared history and culture on which pan-African solidarity could be built.

Speaker: Perrin M. Lathrop, PhD

Free for Taft members; $10 for non-members. Event admission includes the opportunity for attendees to view the special exhibition before the talk.

Supported by the Stanley and Frances D. Cohen Lecture Series

Sponsored by Michael B. Hays and Carol Boram-Hays, PhD 

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Questions? Contact education@taftmuseum.org

Book Club | The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese

Wednesday, March 13

12–1 p.m.

Welcome book lovers! Each month join the Taft for a lunch hour book club where we’ll discuss a range of literary works. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with local experts and authors.

The Covenant of Water tells the story of an Indian family living in southwest India, in the Kerala state, with the narrative spanning three generations, from 1900 to the 1970s.

This is a FREE event! Registration not required. Museum admission sold separately.

Questions? Contact education@taftmuseum.org

Peter Clarke (1929–2014, South Africa) That Evening Sun Goes Down, 1960 Gouache on paper 21 1/2 x 17 in. Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1991.313 © 2022 Peter Edward Clarke / DALRO, Johannesburg / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy American Federation of Arts Funding for the conservation of this artwork was generously provided through a grant from the Bank of America Conservation Project

Peter Clarke (1929–2014, South Africa) That Evening Sun Goes Down, 1960 Gouache on paper 21 1/2 x 17 in. Fisk University Galleries, Nashville, Gift of the Harmon Foundation, 1991.313 © 2022 Peter Edward Clarke / DALRO, Johannesburg / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy American Federation of Arts Funding for the conservation of this artwork was generously provided through a grant from the Bank of America Conservation Project

Writing Circle | African Modernism in America

Sunday, March 17

12–2:30 p.m. 

Led by Women Writing for (a) Change, this writing circle is inspired by African Modernism in America. Participants will be guided through the exhibition and engage in a facilitated writing circle in response to the art. Bring your favorite writing materials or use the supplies provided. Time will be given for independent writing and reflection on the exhibit. Participants will reassemble for a read-around when everyone is invited (but not obligated) to read part or all of what they wrote during the session. We will conclude with time for crosstalk and feedback.

Both new and experienced writers are welcome. Recommended for ages 16 and up. We encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time. 

$25 for Taft members; $35 for non-members. Registration is required at WomenWriting.org. Includes admission to special exhibitions and the museum’s collection galleries. Please note: The Taft cannot process refunds for this program.

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Questions? Contact education@taftmuseum.org

Lunch & Learn | Cincinnati Sites During the Green Book Era

Friday, March 29

12–1 p.m.

Explore Cincinnati’s past, present, and future during our Lunch & Learn events! In collaboration with local experts, these lunch hour talks reveal the Queen City’s culture from new perspectives.

Speaker | Harriet Beecher Stowe House  

Join us as we discuss the origins of the Green Book and its distribution. We will also take a look at a map based on research by the Walnut Hills Historical Society and created in collaboration with students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. 

This is a free event. Optional box lunch: $10 for Taft members; $15 for non-members. Museum admission sold separately. Registration is required one week in advance for boxed lunches.

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Questions? Contact education@taftmuseum.org

Book Club | The Garden by Clare Beams

Wednesday, April 10

12–1 p.m.

Welcome, book lovers! Each month, join the Taft for a lunch hour book club where we will discuss a range of literary works. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with local experts and authors.

The discovery of a secret garden with unknown powers fuels this page-turning and psychologically thrilling tale of women yearning to become mothers and the ways the female body has been controlled. From the award-winning author of The Illness Lesson. 

This is a FREE event! Registration not required. Museum admission sold separately. 

Questions? Please contact education@taftmuseum.org.

Lunch & Learn | The Life and Work of Cornelia Cassady Davis

Friday, April 26

12–1 p.m.

Explore Cincinnati’s past, present, and future during our Lunch & Learn events! In collaboration with local experts, these lunch hour talks reveal the Queen City’s culture from new perspectives.

Speaker | Queens of Queen City

Queens of Queen City Co-Creator Sean Andres explores the life and works of Ohio painter Cornelia Cassady Davis, who was known of her portraits of Indigenous Americans of the American West.

This is a free event. Optional box lunch: $10 for Taft members; $15 for non-members. Museum admission sold separately. Registration is required one week in advance for boxed lunches.

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Questions? Contact education@taftmuseum.org

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