The Taft Museum of Art blog, Frame|Work, offers unique perspectives on the stories and people behind the Taft, its historic house, and the art and artifacts that leave us captivated. Immerse yourself in the Taft's history as we explore the past and preserve the treasures in our collection for centuries to come.
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Explore a range of topics related to the museum’s permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and the history of the Taft historic house.
Written by the museum's dedicated team, discover some of their favorite works in our collection, their passion projects, and their current research initiatives.
Discover the latest updates on the Taft Museum of Art’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project needed to maintain the Taft historic house for the next century and the stories we are discovering along the way.
Women in the Taft Historic House
Anna Sinton Taft, the cofounder of the Taft Museum of Art, is undoubtedly the best-known woman to have lived in the Taft historic house. Most museum visitors know her name by the time they conclude their visit. Do you know the names of any other women who lived here? In commemoration of Women’s History Month, this post explores the lives of three lesser-known, yet equally remarkable women who walked the halls of the Taft historic house when it served as a family home.
Bicentennial Infrastructure Project Update | January 2021
The Taft Museum of Art’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project, undertaken to conserve our historic house, has completed its first phase. The HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system of the 2004 building has been updated to provide a specific controlled environment for art exhibited in the Fifth Third Gallery.
The “Bee Hive of the Ohio Valley” | Shoemaking in Cincinnati
As it turns out, Cincinnati was one of the largest manufacturers of boots and shoes in the United States for much of the early 1900s. Factories in Boston, Lynn, and Haverhill, Massachusetts were the main centers of production, but they could not compete with Cincinnati when it came to making fine women’s shoes—in this category, the Queen City took the lead.
Fabulously Fierce Countdown | Curator Picks Go Toe-to-Toe For the #1 Spot
Curious what my favorite shoes are in our upcoming exhibition Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes? Here’s your chance to find out! Plus, you can learn a bit about what makes each pair special. We all know that objects tell stories, and, according to Stuart Weitzman, shoes in particular “tell an almost infinite number of stories.”
We reflect on an illustrated book commemorating the “Golden Wedding”—meaning the fiftieth wedding anniversary—of former Taft historic house residents Nicholas Longworth and Susan Howell Connor Longworth. The couple had lived in the Pike Street mansion for nearly thirty years by the time this merry event occurred. In the book, poems humorously recount short biographies of the bride and groom, how they met, and their nuptials on Christmas Eve in 1807, among other events.