Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

April 30 – October 14, 2017

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art is the first contemporary art exhibition to question and explore in-depth the complex and contested space of the American South.

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Southern Elegy: Photography from the Stephen Reily Collection

March 17 – October 14, 2017

Reflecting the complex history of the American South, the images in this exhibition address the themes of loss, ruins, beauty, and violence, through evocative images of the South’s natural landscape, architecture, and residents.

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The Wonderland Museum: Hidden Marvels from the Speed's Collection

December 10, 2016 – November 26, 2017

To mark the Speed’s 90th anniversary in 2017, The Wonderland Museum plumbs the Museum’s collection to reveal curious treasures of art and history, many of which have rarely been on view.

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Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals Zodiac Heads

October 15, 2016 – September 24, 2017

Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is comprised of twelve animals derived from the Chinese astrological calendar of years, weeks, and hours.

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A Celebration of the Speed Collection

Opened March 12, 2016

Extending the legacy of its founder Mrs. Hattie Bishop Speed, the museum’s grand reopening will turn a new light on the Speed’s wide-ranging collections. With freshly renovated galleries and new, expansive spaces devoted to contemporary art and the art of Kentucky, visitors have the opportunity to see familiar favorites in novel ways and new acquisitions in new spaces. Supplemented by important loans, the extensive collection highlights more than 6,000 years of human creativity.

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