Virtual After Hours welcomes you to explore our collections and exhibitions with special performances, conversations, tours, and more, streaming live online via the Speed’s YouTube and Facebook channels. You’re invited to join us from the comfort and safety of home!
May’s Virtual After Hours includes:
- Director’s Cut with Speed Art Museum Director Stephen Reily and artist Amy Sherald
- Showcase from local and regional artists in response to There Are Black People In the Future by Alisha Wormsley.
- Art + Activism with University of Louisville: Students in Professor Chris Reitz’s “Art and Activism” class this past spring helped facilitate research and exploratory text contextualizing the artworks created in the summer of 2020 protests. Reitz will be joined by students Cathy Shannon, Flora K. Schildknecht, and Hannah DeWitt to discuss the process behind the research timeline and art interpretation their class created to help contextualize Aron Conaway’s portrait, Say Her Name: BREONNA TAYLOR.
About the artists:
Kofi Darku is a painter working with text layered video clips presented with music. Several Darku paintings focus on space, the extra-terrestrial as is the focus in this piece, “2020s Black Culture time capsule for Black People of the Future”. Darku’s focus on space offers figurative and abstract options for Black people to expand the culture. Video and soundtracks of his performance of the creative process and encouragement for “the struggle” of Black people accompany his focus on abstract expressionism and surrealism.
Dre Dawson, aka Dre DaSon, is the flagship artist and entertainer of the Global Inspiration Ent. brand. Dre describes his art as an entheogen for the social educated, spiritually elevated, and politically inundated. With heavy influences from Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Outkast, and others, Dre’s bled of soulful yet uplifting and diverse beat selections sprinkled with poetically witty yet socially-relevant lyrics, then soused with an impeccably versatile delivery, once cooked, an only possibly be categorized as True Hip hop, Trap-Soul, or Ghetto-Gospel at the least.
Ton’nea (Nea) Green is a 33 year old mother, acrylic portrait artist, an Enrollment Professional at Humana, and Executive Director of a startup non-profit, Thomas Gales Art Gallery, Inc. Her happy place is making art, especially seeing it through the eyes of her son. Art has brought a peace to her life she didn’t know could exist, and she is passionate about extending what she has found great about making art by hosting paint parties for kids and adults.
Kala Lewis is a digital illustrator based in Louisville, KY. Her work mostly showcases portraiture and character design with themes ranging from the deeply personal to the narratively fantastical. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and is currently working as a freelance illustrator.
Rheonna Nicole is a slam poet and spoken word artist from Louisville, KY. Her poetry is an authentic reflection of what she embodies as a person. It is raw, bold, black and unapologetic about its existence. Her work speaks to struggle in urban communities, fat bodies and women/girls of color. Noticing the lack women poets in Louisville, Rheonna created her own poetry competition called Lipstick Wars Poetry Slam. Lipstick Wars is a platform created to give a voice to all women, trans women and girls through the art of slam poetry.