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.