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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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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