Pictures from Pieces – Quilts from the Eleanor Bingham Miller Collection

March 18 – August 21, 2022

This installation celebrates the recent, generous gifts of ten American quilts from Louisville’s Eleanor Bingham Miller, an ardent collector of quilts made by Kentucky women.

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Can I Grow? The Metamorphosis of the Black Woman By Community Connections Artist-in-Residence Ashlee Phillips

June 24 - August 21, 2022

An immersive experience that invites the community to travel back in time through a range of emotions while being fully immersed in the nostalgia of life.

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Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch

March 18 – June 26, 2022

The first survey of quilt-based works—inspired, in part, by the rich creative legacies of African American quilters—produced by the American interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers.

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Something in the Water by Community Connections Artist-in-Residence Shauntrice Martin

December 5, 2021 – February 20, 2022

Shauntrice's work is a post-modern expression of her journey to reach the other side of the barrier that keeps Black artists trapped by and connected to white supremacy. Her residency focused on children and caregivers in Louisville's Russell neighborhood.

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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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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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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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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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Exploding Surfaces: 1954–1984

Closed August 8, 2021

Features paintings, sculpture, photographs, and ceramics in which artists manipulated media for expressive means and to investigate the physicality and process of making.

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Promise, Witness, Remembrance

April 7 – June 13, 2021

This exhibition will reflect on the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020, and the year of protests that followed, in Louisville and around the world, exploring the dualities between a personal, local story and the nation’s reflection on the promise, witness, and remembrance of too many Black lives lost to gun violence.

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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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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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The World Turned Upside Down

July 5, 2020 – March 2021

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?

October 12, 2019 – March 2021

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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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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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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Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse, 1825 – 1950

November 15, 2019 – March 1, 2020

The first exhibition to examine Kentucky’s relationship to the horse through art, featuring paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints, and manuscripts to tell the story of the horse in the Bluegrass State.

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Kentucky Women: Enid Yandell

July 17, 2019 - August 19, 2022

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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Ebony G. Patterson...while the dew is still on the roses...

June 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Organized by the Perez Art Museum in Miami, this exhibition is the single largest solo exhibition in the Speed Art Museum's history and the most significant presentation of Ebony G. Patterson’s work to date, including work produced over the last five years embedded within an immersive environment that references a night garden.

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Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson

July 12 – November 10, 2019

An exhibition highlighting the professional collaborations (and personal relationships) that Thompson enjoyed with the artists and photographers tasked with illustrating his work, and even more importantly, articulating his vision through visual means.

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Yinka Shonibare CBE: The American Library

March 29 – September 15, 2019

Comprised of over six thousand books wrapped in the artist's signature Dutch wax fabric and bearing the names of Americans with significant ties to immigration, this exhibition is a celebration of the diversity of the American population and acts as an instigator of discovery and debate.

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Making Time: The Art of the Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790 – 1850

February 2 – June 16, 2019

Making Time: The Art of the Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790 – 1850 is a first-of-its-kind exhibition devoted to early Kentucky tall case, “grandfather” clocks.

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Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*

October 6, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Born in Louisville in 1977, Ferris offers a fresh approach to abstract painting and the exploration of the artist’s identity through the body. Featuring artworks from the last eight years, Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N* celebrates an artist who thoughtfully examines the language and history of painting and the meaning of being an artist today.

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Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

June 16, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art showcases the impressive early 20th-century art collection owned by the Eskenazi Museum of Art and covers the breadth of nearly every major artistic movement that occurred between the years 1900 and 1950 in Europe and America.

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American Storybook: The Imaginary Travelogue of Thomas Chambers

July 21 – January 6, 2019

Thomas Chambers was the first artist working in America to make landscape painting accessible to a wider audience and broader socioeconomic class, tapping into the fascination and interest in travel and exploration.

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Norman Rockwell: Process to the Post

August 8 – November 11, 2018

This installation highlights Norman Rockwell’s Study for Breaking Home Ties, a charcoal drawing that served as a preparatory study for the cover of the September 25, 1954, issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

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Breaking the Mold: Investigating Gender at the Speed Art Museum

April 7 – September 9, 2018

How can contemporary art facilitate discussions about gender and power? Drawing chiefly from the permanent collection, Breaking the Mold explores depictions of gender identity through the body, dress, objects, and history. 

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Thoroughly Modern: Women in 20th Century Art and Design

December 16, 2017 – July 1, 2018

The exhibition presents the work of several women artists and designers active in the early and mid-twentieth century (1900–60).

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Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

February 17 – May 13, 2018

The groundbreaking exhibition Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism broadly surveys a key chapter in art history in which an international group of female artists overcame gender-based restrictions to make remarkable creative strides.

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November 11, 2017 – March 4, 2018

BRUCE CONNER: FOREVER AND EVER featured video projections and works on paper by the multidisciplinary American artist and experimental film pioneer Bruce Conner (1933–2008).

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The Wonderland Museum: Hidden Marvels from the Speed's Collection

December 10, 2016 – November 26, 2017

To mark the Speed’s 90th anniversary in 2017, The Wonderland Museum plumbs the Museum’s collection to reveal curious treasures of art and history, many of which have rarely been on view.

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Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art

April 30 – October 14, 2017

Southern Accent is the first contemporary art exhibition to question and explore in-depth the complex and contested space of the American South.

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Southern Elegy: Photography from the Stephen Reily Collection

March 17 – October 14, 2017

Reflecting the complex history of the American South, the images in this exhibition address the themes of loss, ruins, beauty, and violence, through evocative images of the South’s natural landscape, architecture, and residents.

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Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals Zodiac Heads

October 15, 2016 – September 24, 2017

Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is comprised of twelve animals derived from the Chinese astrological calendar of years, weeks, and hours.

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Picturing American Indian Cultures: The Art of Kentucky's Frederick Weygold

January 7 – March 26, 2017

This comprehensive exhibition features highlights from the Speed’s American Indian collection, along with paintings, drawings and photographs by Louisville artist and ethnographer Frederick Weygold.

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A New World in My View: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey

November 5, 2016 - March 19, 2017

The Speed Art Museum has received a major gift of 35 contemporary artworks from the Los Angeles-based scholar, advocate, and collector Gordon W. Bailey. All 21 artists, most African-American artists from the southern United States, featured in this gift are making their debuts in the Speed Art Museum’s permanent collection.

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Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

September 10 – November 27, 2016

A comprehensive exploration of the sneaker, from its origins in recreational pastimes to its emergence as a symbol of celebrity status and urban masculinity.

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Gaela Erwin: Reframing the Past

July 30 – November 27, 2016

A new collection of pastels commissioned by the Speed and inspired by eighteenth- and twentieth-century pastels from the Speed’s permanent collection.

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Kentucky Captured: Photographs Inspired by the Bluegrass State

March 12 – July 17, 2016

Kentucky Captured surveyed the many ways in which the Bluegrass State has inspired photographers in the twentieth century.

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From City to Country: Nineteenth-Century French Prints

Dates: August 6 – January 2, 2016

This exhibition features the works of two artists, Maxime Lalanne and Adolphe Appian, whose urban and rural views reflect a taste for landscape etching popular in France during the later 1800s. Not only do their landscapes exhibit a renewed interest in naturalism, but they also document changes to the urban landscape and shifting attitudes toward the native French countryside.

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Teatime Chic: Ceramics 1900-1960

March 6 – July 25, 2015

From bold and colorful to white and austere, the tea and coffee services displayed in Teatime Chic illustrate changing definitions of "modern" over the course of sixty years. The pieces proclaimed their owners' modern sensibilities to those who joined them at the table.

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Discovering the Earth

August 1 – October 25, 2014

With seventeen examples of traditional African pottery spanning from Nigeria to South Africa, Discovering the Earth explored the techniques used to produce these timeless forms, how the objects were used and the significance they held in society. This exhibition marked the first time that many of these objects, all from the Speed’s collection, will be on view to the public.

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Art of the Streets: The French Poster, 1880-1930

April 4 – July 19, 2014

This exhibit featured intimate versions of well-known prints by master printmakers such as Jules Chéret, Henrí Toulouse-Lautrec, and others, displaying the dazzling heights of the French poster. Rarely shown, the prints were donated to the Speed in 1949 as a gift from the French Gratitude Train — 49 boxcars filled with gifts sent to Americans in appreciation for supplies given to France and Italy following World War II.

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