Current

Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

October 8, 2021 – January 2, 2022

This exhibition examines the artwork that has shaped our collective imagination of the supernatural and paranormal and asks why America is haunted.

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Ralph Eugene Meatyard's The Unforeseen Wilderness

August 6, 2021 – February 13, 2022

This exhibition celebrates the recent acquisition of a remarkable portfolio of 56 photographs depicting Kentucky’s own Red River Gorge by one of the defining photographers of the 20th century.

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Collecting – A Love Story: Glass from the Adele and Leonard Leight Collection

February 6 – November 7, 2021

The exhibition draws together over 60 works by over 50 artists to illustrate both the Leights’ shared lives as collectors and the stories of international contemporary glass embedded within their collection.

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Wolfgang Buttress: Blossom

Ongoing

Artist Wolfgang Buttress, based in Nottingham, England, documents the fading life of a 200-year-old Bramley apple tree (the mother of all Bramley apple trees), and the flourishing life of this tree’s progeny using sculpture, light, and sound to poetically reveal the life and death cycle of trees.

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Auguste Rodin's The Three Shades

Ongoing

This sculpture is an enlarged version of a figural group that stood atop The Gates of Hell, a project conceived by the artist as a commission for the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, France.

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Kentucky Women: Enid Yandell

Ongoing

To celebrate her 150th birthday, the Speed is presenting a fresh look at Enid Yandell’s career, contextualizing the world in which she lived, as a young woman living and working in turn-of-the-century Louisville, Paris, and New York City.

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A Celebration of the Speed Collection

Opened March 12, 2016

Extending the legacy of its founder Mrs. Hattie Bishop Speed, the museum’s grand reopening turned a new light on the Speed’s wide-ranging collections. With freshly renovated galleries and new, expansive spaces devoted to contemporary art and the art of Kentucky, visitors have the opportunity to see familiar favorites in novel ways and new acquisitions in new spaces. Supplemented by important loans, the extensive collection highlights more than 6,000 years of human creativity.

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