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Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

February 19 – August 22, 2021

This show-stopping exhibition features life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes spanning nearly 500 years of fashion, replicating historical garments found in European masterworks and in collections from around the world.

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

February 6 – June 20, 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

November 20, 2020

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

Installed October 2020

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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Careful, Neat & Decent: Arts of the Kentucky Shakers

August 21, 2020 – April 4, 2021

Draws together over 50 objects produced during the 1800s at Kentucky’s South Union and Pleasant Hill Shaker communities. These objects explore the wide creative output of Kentucky Shakers, from furniture to fruit preserves. Part of Shaker Commonwealth, a celebration of Kentucky Shaker arts at the Speed Art Museum.

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Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly: When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved

August 21, 2020 – April 4, 2021

A video meditation on Shaker landscaping, architecture, song, and dance featuring dancers from the Louisville Ballet and Moving Collective. Part of Shaker Commonwealth, a celebration of Kentucky Shaker arts and culture at the Speed Art Museum.

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The World Turned Upside Down: A Contemporary Response

Opened July 5, 2020

Featuring artwork from the twentieth and twenty-first century, this re-installation features pieces from the Speed’s permanent collection that focus on the tole of artists in marking societal and political change.

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The World Turned Upside Down

Opened July 5, 2020

A re-framing of 18th and 19th century European and American artworks in the Speed’s permanent collection through the lens of social, cultural, economic, and political upheaval and change.

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What’s New at the Speed?

Opened October 12, 2019

Explore works from the Speed's permanent collection that have recently gone through restoration or are on view for the first time in decades in Gallery One. Displays in the gallery will alternate approximately every six months.

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Kentucky Women: Enid Yandell

Opened July 17, 2019

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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