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Careful, Neat & Decent: Arts of the Kentucky Shakers

August 21, 2020 – January 3, 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 – January 3, 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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Andy Warhol: Revelation

July 5 – November 29, 2020

A comprehensive examination of the Pop artist’s complex Catholic faith in relation to his artistic production and the largest presentation of the artist's work ever in the region.

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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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Loose Nuts: Bert Hurley's West End Story

December 13, 2019 – November 1, 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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