Exhibition - A Rare Look at The Art That Inspired an Era

Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 at 11:00am

Taft Museum Of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Two hundred years ago, a grand white mansion was built on the eastern edge of Cincinnati. Over the first half of its life, the building housed some of the city’s most prominent families, finally becoming an art museum in 1932. A Splendid Century celebrates the bicentennial of the house that is now the Taft Museum of Art. The exhibition features Cincinnati art and artists spanning the first 100 years of the house’s existence.

The Baum, Longworth, Sinton, and Taft families, who inhabited the house during this period, witnessed Cincinnati’s growth from a frontier outpost with few artistic opportunities into a hub of creative activity. This exhibition tells the story of Cincinnati art during their lifetimes through rarely seen works from local private collections and regional museums. Nicholas Longworth and Charles and Anna Taft were particularly active in fueling the city’s cultural development by supporting promising artists and arts institutions. With the recognition that no century is “splendid” for all people, the exhibition also highlights individual works of art that reveal the stories of historically underrepresented groups, including women and Black and indigenous people.

Paintings and sculptures by beloved Cincinnati artists Hiram Powers, Robert S. Duncanson, Elizabeth Nourse, Frank Duveneck, Henry Farny, Dixie Selden and others, as well as ceramics from Rookwood Pottery, create a picture of the city’s visual culture from the 1820s through the 1920s—the Golden Age of art in the Queen City.

Exhibition Date: October 3, 2020–January 24, 2021  


Members, youth (18 and under), and retired and active military (with ID) are always FREE!


Adults                      $12 $10

Seniors                      $10 $8

Members                    FREE FREE

Admission is FREE on Sundays!

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