Video The Speed’s Current Exhibition: Art of the Streets: The French Poster, 1880-1930

The Speed’s current exhibition, Art of the Streets: The French Poster, 1880-1930, features lithographic reproductions of famous designs from the golden age of the poster. Together with original prints from the collection of Jonathan and Tracy Blue, these rarely seen prints from the Speed’s permanent collection give an intimate look at the dazzling heights of the French poster. Watch the video below for an in-depth discussion of the exhibition by Kim Spence, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and Bradley Speaks, Administrative Assistant for Collections and Exhibitions.

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Video Discovering a Kentucky Masterpiece with Robert Brewer

Throughout their history, sideboards symbolized status. They were the perfect accompaniment to well-dressed and well-mannered diners. Such was the case in early nineteenth-century Kentucky: estate inventories and other documentary sources show that sideboards were often among the most expensive pieces of furniture one could own. The magnificent sideboard shown here certainly shows why the form was so costly. Its complex profile, richly figured veneers, precise inlays, and the exceptional quality of its craftsmanship place it among the most ambitious Kentucky sideboards to have survived from the early nineteenth century. It was made between about 1800 and 1815, probably in Lexington or its surrounding area.

In this short video, Robert Brewer, the sideboard’s previous owner, describes the unique circumstances surrounding his purchase of the piece in 1951.

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Photo Lights Off/ Future On Family Fun at the Speed

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On September 22, families enjoyed a full day of fun at the Museum as part of the expansion kickoff celebration featuring musical performances by Mom’s RockSchool, family portraits in Art Sparks, films from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, paintball painting, and a Cupcake Creation Café & Ice Cream Emporium, courtesy of The Comfy Cow and Bake My Day. Photos by Frankie Steele.

 

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Photo 100/100: A Party to Begin All Others

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The Speed celebrated the kickoff of its $50 million expansion project with a weekend full of events! This year’s 100/100 party invited guests to make their mark on the Speed like never before with a collaborative art project on the Museum’s walls. The evening also featured dancing in the Sculpture Court with spinning by Jaleel Bunton from the band TV on the Radio.

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Photo The Power of Public Space

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The Speed Art Museum partnered with the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – North America (INCCA-NA) and Louisville’s Commission on Public Art (COPA) to present a two-day symposium, titled “The Power of Public Space” from September 14-15. This program welcomed conservators, artists, and the public to consider the importance of, and provide solutions, to conserve and maintain public art. Photos by Kenneth Hayden.

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