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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 12 – July 17, 2016
Kentucky Captured surveyed the many ways in which the Bluegrass State has inspired photographers in the twentieth century.
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.
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.
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.
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.