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Sam Gilliam (1933-2022)

September 16, 2022 - February 26, 2023

The installation, Sam Gilliam (1933-2022) is a celebration of his life and legacy as a Louisville-bred, world-renowned figure in modern and contemporary art.

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Crosscurrents: Contemporary Art from the Speed Art Museum Collection and Beyond

September 16, 2022 — Ongoing

This intergenerational presentation features artworks from the museum’s growing contemporary art collection and a selection of key private loans from the region, with highlights including major works recently acquired by Speed Contemporary and important objects from the 21c Museum Hotels Collection.

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Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance

August 26, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Gathering together works drawn from the Speed’s collection and private loans, this exhibition explores the art and life of Helen LaFrance, who documented her western Kentucky rural and small-town experiences with vibrancy and tireless care.

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Community Connections: The Promise

August 19 – October 23, 2022

Showcases the results of a research and artmaking program which began in March 2022, facilitating collective healing, reflection, and creative expression for members of the Black community in Louisville who have been affected by gun violence.

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The Speed Collects: Empires to Revolutions, 1700 – 1825

Opened August 19, 2022

Art history reminds us that we have experienced deep, necessary shifts in national and global consciousness before, often resulting in new ways of thinking and living. This installation reframes the collection of 18th and early 19th century European and American artwork in the Speed’s permanent collection through the lens of social, cultural, economic, and political upheaval and change.

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Claude Monet’s Nymphéas

Opened April 15, 2022

Join us in welcoming one of Claude Monet’s celebrated waterlily paintings, on temporary loan to the Speed Art Museum.

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The Speed Collects: Art in Europe

Opened April 15, 2022

Part of a larger effort to reinstall and re-contextualize our historical collection, this new installation showcases the art of Europe from the 14th through 17th centuries.

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What's New at the Speed?

Ongoing

This gallery presentation celebrates recent acquisitions, showcases new research, and features our latest conservation and restoration efforts completed through the Speed’s Adopt an Artwork program.

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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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