Speed Art Museum

Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Speed Art Museum Names New Curator of Contemporary Art

Louisville's Speed Art Museum has hired a veteran curator from New Orleans to manage its contemporary art collection when it re-opens in spring 2016. Miranda Lash, who currently works as the curator of contemporary works at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will start her new job next month, according to the Speed Art Museum. 

The Speed is currently undergoing a $60 million renovation and expansion project, which has closed the main museum building for construction until 2016. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:13 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Amplifying Voices in the Contemporary Art Park: Speed Museum Lecture Features Brazil's SuperUber

SuperUber's "Shadows," part of a cultural exploration of the connections between Brazil and Germany, on Sao Paulo's iconic FIESP building.
Credit SuperUber

  The Speed Art Museum’s $60 million renovation and expansion project, which has closed the main museum building for construction until 2016, will include the Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and Piazza. Part of an ongoing effort to explore the possibilities of contemporary art parks is the Speed's spring lecture series. The latest talk in the series features Rio de Janeiro-based creative studio SuperUber, which mixes art with architecture and technology to create award-winning interactive art installations. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Speed Exhibit a Matter of Life, Death, Identity

A self-portrait in a series by Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Credit Trenton Doyle Hancock / Speed Art Museum

A new exhibition opens this week at the Speed Art Museum’s satellite gallery in Nulu.  “We’ll Wear a Jolly Crown” examines some of the big themes in American art – life, death, identity – through the work of a small and focused group of artists selected by Lexington-based artist and curator Aaron Skolnik. 

(The exhibition's title refers to the lyrics of a Beat Happening song, "Indian Summer.")

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Outgoing OU Museum Director Says Technology Will Define Art’s Next Generation

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:50 am

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ghislain d’Humières.

The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways.

Ghislain d’Humières spoke with World Views host and OU College of International Studies Dean Suzette Grillot shortly before he takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

“It’s an exciting trend. There is absolutely no border on the canvas. Anything could be the canvas,” d’Humières says. “One could argue that every period had a very cutting-edge, contemporary time, but I think the period we’re living in right now has been seeing a huge amount of new technology and new ways to express art.”

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Arts and Humanities
3:38 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

'Making it a 21st Century Place': Ghislain d’Humières on Leading the Speed Art Museum

Ghislain d’Humières accepting his new post as CEO and director of the Speed Art Museum.
Brett Marshall Kertis Creative

Ghislain d’Humières will take the reins as director and CEO of the Speed Art Museum on September 3. He comes to Louisville from the University of Oklahama, where he has been director of the Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum since 2007.

At a press conference today announcing his appointment, board of trustees chair Allan Latts called d’Humières “a super star” whom the search committee found to be a perfect fit to lead the museum into its next phase.

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Arts and Humanities
10:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Ghislain d’Humières Named New CEO of the Speed Art Museum

Ghislain d'Humieres
Credit Brandon Snider/TEDxOU

Ghislain d’Humières will be the new chief executive of the Speed Art Museum, the museum announced Tuesday morning during a news conference at its temporary East Market Street offices.

He is replacing Charles Venable, who left the Speed to helm the Indianapolis Museum of Art last October.

D’Humières is leaving the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, where he has served as director and chief curator since 2007. He also served on faculty at the university as the Wylodean and Bill Saxon Chair and as an associate professor.

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Arts and Humanities
1:04 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Opening Night for Speed Museum's Nulu Home

Mural painted by Louisville artist Monica Mahoney on the Speed Museum's interim offices and gallery.
Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum broke ground last month for its expansion and renovation project, which will close the museum campus for three years, but its interim offices at 822 East Market Street, a satellite space dubbed Local Speed, are open.

Tonight, the museum celebrates the opening of "Welcome Neighbors: Art from Nulu" during the downtown trolley hop. Curated by The Green Building's Daniel Pfalzgraf, the multi-discipline exhibit features established and emerging visual artists who show and work in the neighborhood. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and features Mad Pixel designer Ron Jasin screenprinting limited edition posters on-site.

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Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

New Gift Accelerates Speed Museum Expansion

Demolition begins on the Speed Art Museum.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Speed Art Museum began demolition today to prepare for the  construction phase of its $50 million renovation and expansion with the announcement of an additional gift from the family of Louisville philanthropist Christy Brown. The $18 million donation, the family’s largest, will accelerate the completion of all three phases of the master plan designed by Los Angeles-based firm wHY Architecture, including a new 9,500 square foot South Building to house a state-of-the-art theater. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Speed Museum Says Goodbye to Charles Venable

Speed Art Museum

Our arts segment on this week's Byline was bittersweet; Charles Venable is leaving Louisville after five years as director of the Speed Art Museum. Meanwhile, the Speed itself will say goodbye for now, as it breaks ground on a $50 million renovation and expansion, starting next weekend. WFPL's Erin Keane spoke with Venable about what's next for him, and the institution he's leaving behind.

Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Symposium to Explore Louisville's Public Art

Tony Smith's "Gracehoper," installed on Waterfront Park's Overlook, is the topic of a discussion Saturday morning at the Speed Art Museum.
Doug Orleans flickr.com/photos/dougorleans/

The Commission on Public Art will host “The Power of Public Space,” a two-day event bringing together citizens and experts from national art institutions with leaders from the University of Louisville and the Speed Art Museum to lead discussions on public art history, collections and conservation in Louisville. 

The events are free and open to the public. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Speed Art Museum and International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – North America (INCCA-NA).

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