Memories & Inspiration features selections from the private collection of Kerry and C. Betty Davis. For over 35 years, Mr. Davis, a retired postal worker, and Mrs. Davis, a former television news producer, have collected with a focus on diverse 20th- and 21st-century approaches to the Black image. According to Mr. Davis, “Our goal is to preserve cultural memories and provide the community with a source of inspiration.” The exhibition features approximately 60 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media by well-known African American artists Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas, and others.
Organized and toured by International Art & Artists, Washington, DC, Memories & Inspiration provides an example of a private collection formed by a singular vision. The Davis residence has been called “a museum in a home,” offering an enlightening comparison to Charles and Anna Taft’s own collection. The Davises’ collection reveals their hopes and passions, infusing Memories & Inspiration with tremendous personal power.
Admission is free for Taft members, guests of members with guest pass, military, and youth(18 and under); $12 for adults; $10 for seniors. Non-members save $2 by purchasing tickets online.
Enjoy special tours, behind-the-scenes insights, and more during this unique exhibition!
Thursday, February 2
Join us for an exclusive members’ opening and explore our new special exhibition. This program will feature remarks from President/CEO Rebekah Beaulieu, as well as music, and special access to the exhibition. Light bites and drinks. Free valet parking.
Complimentary for Sustaining Level ($275+) Taft members; $20 for Taft members; $30 for guests of members.
Friday, February 3
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
Join us for an exclusive members’ preview day! Tours are available with advance registration.
Free for Taft members and guests of members with guest pass.
Sunday, February 5
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Explore the Taft’s newest exhibition, Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art, with the whole family! Discover work from the nation’s most influential Black artists of the 20th and 21st centuries with a free day at the museum full of fun to inspire your own young creators!
This is a free event. Registration is not required but encouraged.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 15
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the Taft Museum of Art? Join us to find out. This members-only luncheon is a unique Q&A opportunity to connect with President/CEO Rebekah Beaulieu and other museum experts involved in our recent special exhibitions.
$15 Taft members. Includes a boxed lunch and museum admission.
Thursday, March 16
Meet Kerry and C. Betty Davis, the collectors behind the exhibition Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art. This talk will provide insight into what inspires their passions for art and for preserving cultural memory. Event admission includes the opportunity for attendees to view the special exhibition.
Speakers: Kerry and C. Betty Davis, moderated by Louise Taft Semple President/CEO Rebekah Beaulieu
Free for Taft members; $5 for non-members.
Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art is organized and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC
The P&G Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Sutphin Family Foundation
Exhibition Support Generously Provided by
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment
Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Endowment for Exhibitions
Presenting Media Sponsor