Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott
October 6, 2018–January 20, 2019 | Fifth Third Gallery
In Paris in the 1920s, the young American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) encountered the elderly French photographer Eugène Atget (1857–1927). Their contact would have profound and lasting effects on the careers and legacies of both artists. Through a sequence of riveting and often iconic images, the exhibition elaborates the relationship between Abbott’s and Atget’s photography. We see Atget’s antique Paris, its medieval streets and old houses and quirky residents, and also Abbott’s New York, with its remnants of history but also its newest soaring skyscrapers of the 1930s. While the Surrealists acclaimed Atget’s eerie views of mannequins and carnivals, Abbott particularly admired his objective documentation of Paris, which shaped her own similarly extended project of systematically depicting New York. Just as Atget influenced her, she in turn had a great impact on the older man’s place in history: she acquired a significant portion of Atget’s estate and promoted his work in both France and the United States. Having succeeded in boosting his fame, she eventually sold her entire Atget collection to The Museum of Modern Art in New York, which ensured his lasting place in the history of photography
IMAGES: Left – Eugène Atget, Cour St. Gervais et Protais (Courtyard, St. Gervais and Protais), 1899–1900, gelatin silver chloride print, 8 7/16 × 6 3/4 in. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Zigrosser, 1968, 1968–162–32. | Right: Berenice Abbott, Allen Street, #55-57, February 11, 1937, gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 in. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library.
November 2, 2018–January 6, 2019
Celebrate the holidays at the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, toys, and decorations. Each year the Taft Museum of Art has totally new offerings of vintage Christmas treasures, thanks to generous collectors from Cincinnati and beyond. This year’s exhibition features elaborate 19th- and early 20th-century German paper nativity scenes; turn-of-the century table settings of fine china adorned with festive holly patterns; woolly sheep and small wooden toys from 19th-century Germany; an antique feather tree hung with fruit ornaments in glass; and yet more trees—trees bedecked, respectively, with fairy figures, with Japanese Santas, early wax ornaments, and angels.
The Sinton Gallery will feature holiday-themed prints by the 19th-century humorous printmaker Thomas Nast. As always, the historic house will come alive with old-fashioned beribboned garlands, and the Dining Room will be set for the holidays.
Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe:
American Paintings from The Phillips Collection
February 9–May 19, 2019 | Fifth Third Gallery
Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe traces a century of the modern creative spirit in the United States, ranging from realistic landscapes to bold abstract forms. Fifty-five works by American masters—including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper,
Georgia O’Keeffe, and Helen Frankenthaler—span the 1860s through the 1960s. Nineteenth-century landscapes and portraits set the stage for light-filled scenes by the American Impressionists. Carefully structured cityscapes by the American Modernists give
way to Cubist-inspired works, and, finally, to colorful experimental paintings by the Abstract Expressionists.
The exhibition honors the vision of Duncan Phillips, who transformed his private collection into America’s first museum dedicated to modern art. All works in the exhibition are drawn from The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., which Phillips established in 1921, just six years before Charles and Anna Taft bequeathed their own collection and home to the people of Cincinnati, founding the Taft Museum of Art.
This exhibition has been organized by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters
June 8–September 15, 2019 | Fifth Third Gallery
Meant to stop people in their tracks with bold colors and seductive imagery, French advertising posters of the turn of the 20th century ultimately became highly collectible works of art. L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters presents the work of five innovative artists: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Alphonse Mucha, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The relaxed printing and posting guidelines granted in 1881 by the Freedom of the Press Law, along with new developments in commercial printing, resulted in millions of posters being plastered in the streets of Paris every year. These large, colorful prints were displayed on walls, kiosks, public urinals, and advertising carts throughout the city. The craze for posters, known as affichomanie, had begun. Depicting various products, inventions, events, and the famed performers of Montmartre—the emerging Bohemian center of Paris—posters brought art to the streets and into the home.
L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters includes nearly 60 vibrant works from the turn of the century. Organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago, the exhibition will premiere at the Taft Museum of Art, its first stop on a nationwide tour.
This exhibition was organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.