The Taft Museum of Art welcomes people of every background to experience a world-renowned collection in a beautiful historic house. Through its intimate presentation of Anna and Charles Taft's treasures and its engaging exhibitions, programs, and activities, the Museum creates enjoyment and learning opportunities for all.
The Baum-Longworth-Sinton-Taft House, a National Historic Landmark built about 1820 for Martin Baum, is the oldest domestic wooden structure in situ locally and is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the Palladian style in the country. Other residents of this important villa included Nicholas Longworth, who extensively redecorated the interiors and hired African American painter Robert S. Duncanson to paint landscape murals in the foyer, now considered as one of the finest suites of domestic murals dating from before the Civil War.
After Longworth's residency, the villa with a copper roof was purchased by David Sinton, father of museum co-founder, Anna Sinton Taft. Anna Taft lived in the mansion with her husband Charles Phelps Taft from 1873 until their respective deaths in 1931 and 1929. In 1908, Charles Phelps Taft's half-brother, William Howard Taft accepted the nomination for U. S. president underneath the house's portico. The Tafts bequeathed their historic home and private collection of 690 works of art to the people of Cincinnati in 1927. After extensive remodeling and updating, the Baum-Longworth-Taft House opened as the Taft Museum in 1932.The Taft Museum of Art reopened on May 15, 2004, following a major renovation and expansion, which includes a parking garage, the Fifth Third Gallery for special exhibitions, Dater Education Room, Luther Hall performance/lecture facility, larger Museum Shop, and a CafÃ©. Today, the Tafts' distinguished collections are displayed in the Federal villa, which stands as one of the finest small art museums in the nation.
At the turn of the 20th century, traveling actors, illusionists, and theatrical producers promoted live performances with brilliantly colored printed outdoor advertisements. These pictured magic tricks, fantastic battles, heartbreaking scenes, and…Read More »
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…Read More »
From Winslow Homer To Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings From The Phillips Collection From Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe traces a century of the modern creative spirit in the United States, ranging from realistic landscapes to…Read More »
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…Read More »
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…Read More »
Vanessa German empowers people through visual art and performance. German’s mixed-media sculptures and reliefs will be featured in the Sinton Gallery and the Longworth Foyer as part of the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program. Constructed…Read More »
Fill yourself with holiday cheer by visiting the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, decorations, and toys. Thanks to generous lenders from Cincinnati and beyond, you can escape to a winter wonderland of Christmas past. This year, you…Read More »
Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork QuiltsFor nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a dazzling range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 21 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight the skill,…Read More »
Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, ParisSparkling gems, luxurious materials, elegant designs, and superb craftsmanship distinguish works by the great Parisian jewelry houses. Exploring the intersection of French art, fashion,…Read More »
Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape PhotographyAs the population of American settlers on the Western frontier exploded during the second half of the 19th century, so did the development of photography. The public craved images…Read More »
Spend the day at the Taft experiencing a variety of free activities and performances as part of the Macyâ€™s Arts Sampler. Everyone will enjoy free admission to the historic house, hands-on art, and self-guided tours to explore the Taftâ€™s…Read More »
Daubignyâ€™s Studio Boat: Life on the Seine Sinton Gallery In conjunction with the landmark exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape, the Taft Museum of Art is pleased to present Daubignyâ€˜s Studio Boat: Life on the Seine, a…Read More »
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Fifth Third Gallery One of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey has won numerous awards, including several for its outstanding costumes. Set on a sprawling…Read More »
Before the Impressionists, French artist Charles-FranÃ§ois Daubigny pushed the boundaries of traditional landscape. In the 1850s and 1860s, Daubigny anticipated and helped shape Impressionism by routinely painting outdoors to capture qualities of…Read More »
From Studio to Carousel: The Whimsical World of Jonathan QueenCelebrate the opening of Carol Annâ€™s Carousel with an exhibition of works by Cincinnati artist Jonathan Queen. Cincinnati Parks selected Queen to create 16 original paintings for the…Read More »
This exhibition was organized by Phoenix Art Museum.The exhibition Memling features eight diminutive paintings. In each, Wiley places a contemporary young African American man in a setting drawn from the great 15th-century painter Hans Memling,…Read More »
Treasures can as often be found in small frames as in large ones. This group of diminutive oils features landscape, portrait, and figure paintings by 18th- and 19th-century artists from the United States, France, and Holland. The exhibition unveils…Read More »
Sponsors: An anonymous gift in celebration of the memory of Katharine T. and Fletcher E. NyceExhibition Support Generously Provided By Ellen and George Rieveschl EndowmentHartford art patron Daniel Wadsworth (1771-1848) founded the Wadsworth…Read More »
Sponsor: The Suzanne M. and Robert L. LaBoiteaux Family FoundationExhibition Support Generously Provided By Ellen and George Rieveschl EndowmentTwo grand Cincinnati buildings stand as evidence of the Taft family history: Charles and Anna Taftâ€™s…Read More »