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Past Exhibitions of 2007

DuchampMarcel, Marcel
November 13, 2007 – February 17, 2008

Assembled between 1935-41, Boîte-en-valise is a "traveling museum" of 69 works by Duchamp that includes Fountain, Large Glass, Broyeuse de chocolat, Why Not Sneeze Rose Sélavy, Tu m', Paris Air, Pliant de voyage, 3 Stoppages Etalon, Bride, Comb, and others. Duchamp said he wanted "to reproduce the paintings and the objects [he] liked and collect them in a space as small as possible." However, the traveling museum of miniature reproductions is not as simple as the artist would have us at first believe. Juxtaposing two versions of Boîte-en-valise, this exhibition investigates the complexity of Duchamp's thinking and reflects upon the notions of authenticity and uniqueness in the work of art. Admission is free.

Stratton O. Hammon
Page 185 - View from living room through stair hall to dining room, house for Mr. & Mr.s Stratton O. Hammon (courtesy The Courier-Journal)

Kentucky Home: The Colonial Revival Houses of Stratton O. Hammon

October 16, 2007 - February 4, 2008

Native Louisvillian Stratton O. Hammon designed homes that recalled the Colonial American past while servicing the modern needs of their owners. Kentucky Home follows Hammon’s career, from his small house designs for national ladies magazines in the 1930s to his grand post-war house designs, which emphasized America’s growing fascination with its’ Colonial past.

This exhibition includes architectural drawings as well as vintage and modern photographs, providing a captivating exhibit of Hammon’s delightfully livable and historically inspired homes. Admission to this exhibition is free.

Sugar Chest
Sugar Desk, about 1820
Cherry, primary wood; tulip poplar, secondary wood
Made in the Bourbon County, Kentucky, area
Gift of Mrs. Hattie Bishop Speed, by exchange 1994.1

For Safekeeping: The Kentucky Sugar Chest, 1790-1850

October 9- December 2, 2007

The first exhibition ever devoted to Kentucky sugar chests; this exhibition presents more than 40 outstanding examples of chests, desks and similar forms. One of America’s most distinctive groups of furniture forms, sugar furniture (sugar chests, desks, boxes and related types), arose during the very late eighteenth century in America’s post- pioneer western frontier.

In all of their various forms, these pieces were devoted to protecting sugar, a costly commodity in the region at the time. These beautiful pieces would be placed in the dining room or parlor of a home for all to see. The iconic sugar chest kept the expensive sugar close at hand for sweetening the tea, coffee, mixed drinks, and alcoholic punches that lubricated the social rituals of the day. Admission to this exhibition is free.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by

Oscar Muñoz (Colombian, born 1951)
Linea del Destino, 2006
Courtesy of Sicardi Gallery, Houston

Video Lounge: Promise and Loss

July 10 – October 28, 2007

Although video art has been an important form of artistic expression since its inception in the late 1960s, not until the last decade has the medium established itself in the mainstream visual art world. During this time museums have embraced the medium and private collectors have demonstrated that video works have as much a place in their homes as paintings and sculptures. Video Lounge: Promise and Loss is an exhibition that borrows from private collections in Louisville and presents four works, by internationally renowned artists, that are both life affirming and melancholic. Works included are Rebuilding Dreams by Brazilian artist Beth Moysés, Colombian artist Oscar Munoz's video loop Linea del Destino, South African artist Robin Rhode creates animated images that use real children set against a chalk drawing on the ground in New Kids on the Bike, and Third Generation (Manhattan), by British artist Mark Wallinger.

Composite Photo for Newspaper Advertisement, Fourth and Broadway, Louisville, KY, March 27, 1952
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Mrs. Claire D. Bramson 1990.5.5

A Large Format Photography Primer
April 3 – September 9, 2007

This exhibition of 20 images illustrates the variety of processes and aesthetic disciplines under the broad heading of large format photography.

Most nineteenth century photography was large format by necessity since the photo papers available were not sensitive enough to light for enlargements to be made. In the twentieth century, large format photography remained popular because of the detail that could be recorded in the negatives and the individual control afforded the photographers as each sheet of film could be processed separately. Exhibition admission is free.

Dorothea Lange,
Migrant Mother, Nipomo California, 1936
Gelatin silver print

The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection

June 19 – September 16, 2007

The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection presents a wide-ranging selection of popular and recognized works from the history of photography. The exhibition explores photography from 1839 daguerreotypes to September 11, 2001, and includes such iconic photographs as Mathew Brady’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln; the first photograph of lightning; celebrity portraits by Nickolas Muray and Arnold Newman; Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage; and Robert Capa’s D-Day, Omaha Beach. The exhibition also features photographs by Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harold Edgerton, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and many other prominent photographers. The film component of the exhibition includes film clips, celebrity portraits, motion picture stills, lobby cards, and movie posters for early films made before 1923. Tickets are $10, free for Speed members.

The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection was organized by George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

From The New Way Things Work
©1998 David Macaulay

Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay
February 6 – May 13, 2007

Best-selling author and illustrator of The Way Things Work, Cathedral, and Unbuilding, David Macaulay has helped us to understand the workings and origins of everything from simple gadgets to monumental architectural structures. David Macaulay employs pictures and words to reveal the secret lives of objects and emphasize the common sense behind the design of things. This exhibition includes over 100 original works of art, studies, sketchbooks, book dummies, manuscripts and correspondence, artifacts (including hand-built ship models), stuffed specimens, reference materials, travel mementos, and a video documentary about the artist. Interactive family activities within the exhibition will help bring Macaulay’s work to life. Admission is $8, $4 for children and free to museum members.

Building Books: the Art of David Macaulay has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Exhibition support in Louisville has been provided by:

Viola Frey, (American, 1933-2004)
Awakened Man, 1988
24 x 118 x 54 in.
Gift of the New Art Collectors
From Vessel to Sculpture: Ceramics at the Speed
March 13 – June 24, 2007

An international survey of 20th- and 21st- century ceramics, the exhibition ranges from production pieces to important contemporary sculptural works. The installation also features an iconoclastic 1954, Jim Leedy piece, Colorful Vessel, one of the first examples of Abstract Expressionist ceramics. Exhibition admission is free.

From Folk To Modern: Kentucky Pottery, 1900 – 1950
March 7 – June 24, 2007

Pitcher, about 1940
Manufactured by Bybee Potter, Waco, Ky.
8 1⁄4 x 6 1⁄2 x 8 3⁄4 in.
Bequest of Alice Speed Stoll,
By exchange 2005.2

An exhibition of over forty objects drawn from several important private collections, From Folk to Modern reveals the transformation of Kentucky pottery as production shifted from utilitarian wares to so-called art pottery. Where the former included crocks, jars and other storage vessels, the latter included brightly glazed vases, bowls and other decorative forms. Along with changing economic conditions, the shift was inspired by the early twentieth-century Arts and Crafts movement. Devoted to the development and promotion of handcraft, the movement emphasized simple forms and restrained decoration. The rising demand for “artistic” pottery was met by Kentucky potteries such as Bybee. Kentucky firms also benefited from a revival of interest in traditional Appalachian crafts during the 1920s and 1930s—whether the pottery was made in Appalachia or not. Admission is free.



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