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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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Loose Nuts: Bert Hurley's West End Story

December 13, 2019 – April 19, 2020

This exhibition features Loose Nuts: A Rapsody in Brown, a richly illustrated and handwritten 125-page novella set in Louisville’s West End during the 1930s by Bert Hurley, a virtually unknown African American artist from Kentucky.

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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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