Gallery Talks + Lectures

Lecture by Dr. John R. Hale: Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea
January 19, 6-7 pm
Explore the art and poetry of the Greek symposium, celebrated by Homer and Plato, through the Speed Museum’s evocative collection of ancient cups and vases.
Free with admission to After Hours at the Speed.

Gallery Talk with the Curators: Erika Holmquist-Wall and Scott Erbes
January 21, 2-3 pm
Join Chief Curator, Erika Holmquist-Wall, and the Decorative Arts Curator, Scott Erbes, in a conversation about the genesis of the Thoroughly Modern: Women Artists in the 20th Century Art and Design exhibition, a collaboration between the Speed’s Paintings and Decorative Arts departments.

Gallery Talk: Art + the Beat Scene
January 27, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Dr. Alan Golding, Professor of English at the University of Louisville, to explore the connections between the work of Bruce Conner and the Beat poets.
Free with admission.

Global Speed Series: The Netherlands Presents Dr. Betsy Wieseman
February 6, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Beautiful Bounty: Flower Painting in the Netherlands in the Seventeenth Century
From the late sixteenth century through the end of the eighteenth, Dutch and Flemish painters were renowned for their skill in the detailed representation of Flora’s most beautiful specimens. Whether a simple record of a single rare tulip or an extravagant display comprising hundreds of different flowers, their exquisite paintings were avidly sought by collectors throughout Europe. This talk will investigate the reasons why flower painting became such a specialty of Dutch painters during the period and take a closer look at some of the more unusual and intriguing specimens of flora and fauna included in these colorful displays.
Free for members / $10 for non-members
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Gallery Talk: Art + Women in Music
February 17, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Amber Thieneman, Teaching Programs Coordinator at the Speed Art Museum, to learn about female composers in the France in the Age of Impressionism. 
Free with admission.

Gallery Talk with the Curator: Kim Spence
February 18, 2-3 pm
Have you ever wished you could take a glimpse into the mind of an artist or had a better understanding of what motivated them to make a work of art? If so, join Curator Kim Spence for a closer look at James Tissot’s The Emigrants. Learn what motivated Degas to ask Tissot for tips on selling his art, and why Tissot’s painting (and the newly acquired related etching!) was so topical.

Gallery Talk with the Curators: Miranda Lash and Dean Otto
February 25, 2-3 pm
Co-curators of BRUCE CONNER: FOREVER AND EVER, Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art, and Dean Otto, Curator of Film discuss Bruce Conner’s innovative films and works on paper.

Gallery Talk: Art + the Artist’s Perspective
March 10, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join artist Adrienne Miller to hear her perspective on works by the female artists currently on view at the Speed.
Free with admission.

Gallery Talk with the Curator: Scott Erbes
March 18, 2-3 pm
Join Curator of Decorative Arts & Design, Scott Erbes, for a behind-the-art look at the remarkable women designers featured in Thoroughly Modern: Women in 20th Century Art & Design. 

Gallery Talk with the Curator: Erika Holmquist-Wall
March 25, 2-3 pm
Join Chief Curator, Erika Holmquist-Wall, for a behind-the-scenes talk about the planning and installation of the groundbreaking exhibition Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism.