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The Taft Museum of Art brings art to life with engaging and exciting exhibitions. Discover our upcoming seasonal exhibitions and schedule a day to enjoy the museum.
In 1857, French landscape painter Charles François Daubigny (1817–1878) purchased a 27-foot ferryboat and converted it into a floating studio from which he could observe and paint at all times of day. Rivers often take center stage in Daubigny’s paintings—three of which are in the Taft collection—with innovative, water-level perspectives that influenced younger generations of artists, including the Impressionist Claude Monet, who built a studio boat of his own. The Boat Trip documents Daubigny’s first studio boat voyages on the river Seine north of Paris. During these trips, Daubigny created a visual diary of 47 ink drawings, from which he selected 15 as the basis for the etching series Voyage en Bateau (The Boat Trip). The artist’s sense of humor and whimsy—as well as his endearing relationship with his 12-year-old son and “cabin boy” Charlot—emerge throughout scenes of eating, sleeping, fishing, and painting aboard the rustic boat nicknamed the Botin (little box).
Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960 explores women’s ongoing negotiation
of the demands of fashion, function, and feminine decorum. Featuring around 60 fully
accessorized ensembles, it is the first exhibition to consider the evolution of women’s
sporting and leisure attire, revealing how clothing was designed to accommodate a
variety of activities ranging from horseback riding to golfing to motorcycling. As both
athletes and spectators, women—and the innovative and stylish attire they wore—
helped break down the barriers that had isolated them from the then male-dominated
sporting world. Sporting Fashion is co-organized by the American Federation of Arts
and the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles.