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Celebrate the Special Milestone with the Taft

Experience the Taft historic house’s bicentennial with special exhibitions, programs, and unique events to celebrate the special anniversary for the Taft Museum of Art.

 

Renewed Insights into the Storied Collection

Explore the Taft's permanent collection revised and reinterpreted through special exhibitions for the historic house's bicentennial.

In a New Light | Treasures from the Taft

July 3, 2021–May 1, 2022 | Fifth Third Gallery

In a New Light explores a broad range of eras, cultures, and art forms through their historical context, subject matter, materials, and makers. European decorative arts and Chinese porcelains dazzle the eye with their intricate designs and brilliant colors. Nineteenth-century American furniture impresses us with its stately elegance. European and American portraits and landscape paintings show off the mastery of some of the greatest artists of the past. Through select works, the exhibition will reveal centuries-old social concerns such as the distribution of wealth, environmental destruction, and gender and racial inequality.

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Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727–1788), Maria, Duchess of Gloucester, about 1779, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, 1931.406

Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727–1788), Maria, Duchess of Gloucester, about 1779, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, 1931.406

Borrowed Gems from the Taft Museum of Art

July 23, 2021–February 21, 2022 | Cincinnati Museum Center

The Taft Museum of Art will share more than 40 works of art with audiences at the Cincinnati Museum Center this summer. Borrowed Gems tells the story of the Tafts’ collection and its impact on the Cincinnati community. Portraits, landscape paintings and decorative art reveal how the collection inspired Cincinnati artisans to create beautiful objects of their own. Through their vision as art collectors and philanthropists, Charles and Anna Taft left a legacy that continues to inspire each generation anew.

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Programs that Honor the Living Legacy 

Discover ways to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Taft's historic house through offerings at the Taft Museum of Art and with our community partners.

 

Virtual Tour | In a New Light

Online Program

Select Wednesdays
12–1 p.m.

Can’t make it to the museum? Take a docent-led virtual tour online. On select Wednesdays, while the special exhibition is open at the Taft you can experience a specially curated online tour. Tours are 30 minutes long and require registration in advance.

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Chamber Music Series 

On-Site & Online Program

Summer 2021

Join the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for the 68th annual Chamber Music Series which is inspired by the art and history of the Taft Museum of Art with this summer's themes including In a New Light and 200 Years of the Historic Taft House.

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Virtual Talk | In a New Light: A Fresh Look at the Taft Collection

Online Program

Thursday, August 18
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Just as the city surrounding the historic Taft Museum of Art has changed, so has the approach to curatorial practice and the interpretation of art history. Join Associate Curator Tamera Lenz Muente and Assistant Curator Ann Glasscock for a discussion moderated by Director of Learning & Engagement Elise Solomon about how the exhibition In a New Light | Treasures from the Taft came together and how it will influence the reinstallation of the collection in 2022.

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Walking Tour | Cincinnati Art: Past & Present 

Off-Site Program | Ault Park

Saturday, July 17 & Saturday, August 21
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Join the Taft Museum of Art and ArtWorks for a walking tour that explores Cincinnati art from the past as well as the present. Beginning at the Taft, participants will learn about the historic Lytle Park neighborhood, then head into downtown to discover the many ArtWorks murals. Bring your best walking shoes for this two-mile trek through time!

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Shop the Anniversary

Show how much you Love This House by shopping the bicentennial collection.

Highlights from the Collection Catalog

This volume presents highlights of the Taft Museum of Art’s exceptional collection, which spans over 750 years of creative endeavor. Donated to the city of Cincinnati in 1927, Charles and Anna Taft’s collection features beautiful porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, paintings by masters including Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Gainsborough, Goya, Ingres, Corot, Whistler, and Sargent, and decorative pieces including crystal, gold, silver, and enamel work. The 80 pieces that feature in this volume, chosen from the 790-piece collection, are presented in four sections, coinciding with the museum’s major areas of specialization: European painting, European decorative arts, American art, and Chinese art.

Each piece is accompanied by an entry detailing its history and that of its artist or maker written by Taft curatorial staff. Former Taft chief curator Lynne D. Ambrosini’s essay explores the collecting practice of Charles and Anna Taft, including the inspiration they derived for their own collecting from visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Museum director Deborah Emont Scott’s foreword provides a history of the Taft bequest and its lasting significance to the city of Cincinnati and its present-day inhabitants.

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A Splendid Century Catalog

As part of our bicentennial celebration, we imagined what this grand home would tell us if it could speak. We asked it many questions: What kind of art did its owners buy? Who visited? Were there artists among the guests? What was happening artistically outside its walls? As we brought together works of art for this exhibition, the answers began coming. Here was the language our museum spoke; here was its distinctive voice. 

Comprising about sixty works on loan from twenty-one private collections and thirteen public institutions, this catalog highlights Cincinnati artists active while this neoclassical mansion served as the residence of three prominent families: the Baums, the Longworths, and the Sinton/Tafts. Many of the artists featured in A Splendid Century | Cincinnati Art 1820–1920 benefited directly from the support of these families, and all enjoyed success in part because of the cultural climate created by them.

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