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Tales from the Turf General Member Preview Opening

November 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of

Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse

7 – 9 pm Atrium reception with open bar 
Open viewing of the exhibit at 7 pm

Tales from the Turf begins when Kentucky was still the edge of the western frontier. Early horse breeders looked to the gentlemen farmers of Virginia for inspiration in business and collecting art. Sporting art traditions carried over from England helped launch the Thoroughbred trade, and by the late nineteenth century, an industry focused on the “betterment of the breed” would witness the rise of over 60 racecourses across the state.

An agricultural and aristocratic pastime became a multi-billion dollar industry in the twentieth century, and the desire for collecting images of the horse has only grown over the decades. Presenting works from Kentucky’s leading private collections, Tales from the Turf will change Kentucky’s understanding of its own history through the act of making, collecting, and sharing the art of the horse.


Published by Currier and Ives
American printing firm, 1834-1907
Hindoo, 1881
Hand-colored lithograph on wove paper
Speed Art Museum, Gift of Clifford Lussky


November 14, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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