Speed Art Museum

Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Speed's Interim Leadership Announced

A rendering of the redesigned Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum board of trustees has elected three top Speed leaders to share interim director duties during the museum's executive director search. 

Chief Operating Officer Lisa Resnick, Chief Financial Officer David Knopf and Scott Erbes, the museum's director of collections and exhibitions and curator of decorative arts and design, have been named co-interim directors and will lead the museum during its three-year expansion and renovation project. Resnick will chair the leadership team. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:17 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Speed Museum Director Leaving for Indianapolis

Charles Venable
Speed Art Museum

Director Charles Venable is leaving the Speed Art Museum next month. The Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today that Venable has been appointed The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Museum. 

Venable joined the Speed five years ago, leading the museum during the development and funding of a $50 million renovation and expansion project, which will close the museum to the public for three years next month.

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Speed Museum Begins Staff Re-Organization

The Speed Art Museum has eliminated eight full-time staff positions. The cuts were made in anticipation of the Speed’s $50 million renovation and expansion project, which will close the museum to the public until September 2015.

The affected positions are spread throughout the museum’s divisions and include jobs in visitor experience, collections, facilities, education, IT and security.

Museum director and CEO Charles Venable says some of the cuts were made in order to create new positions more closely aligned with the museum’s goals during its renovation period.

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Arts and Humanities
2:42 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Back with the Band: Drummer-Turned-Filmmaker Produces My Morning Jacket Documentary

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James with "One Big Holiday" producer Christopher Guetig during filming.
Margot Landen

Once upon a time, a guy from Louisville named Christopher Guetig played drums for My Morning Jacket. Those were the hard-touring van years, between the release of the critically-acclaimed “At Dawn” and the 2003 breakthrough hit “It Still Moves.”

It’s an old story. Guy leaves band, band makes it big. But this is not an episode of “Behind the Music.” Guetig doesn’t really regret leaving the band for Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 2002, when they were all still up-and-comers.

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Arts and Humanities
5:39 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Surreal Play Introduces Kids to Magritte

Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte was known for his playful use of mystery–men in overcoats and bowler hats floating, an apple or a boulder suspended in mid-air. Sometimes silly, always evocative, he captured the imagination of art lovers of all ages.

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Speed Museum Independence Exhibit Includes Rare Declaration Replica

Bicentennial Indian, 1975 by Fritz Scholder (American)
Courtesy of the Speed Art Museum

Visitors to the Speed Art Museum will get a bonus history lesson this summer. A rare limited edition 19th century copy of the original Declaration of Independence will go on display in an independence-themed exhibit Saturday.

By 1820, the original Declaration of Independence had already started to deteriorate. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams commissioned a copperplate engraving of the handwritten document from William J. Stone, who made about 200 copies on vellum.

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Flyover Film Festival Lineup Announced

Thirty-six films will make their Kentucky premieres in the Louisville Film Society’s fourth annualFlyover Film Festival June 7-10. The films range from a concert feature on Louisville rockers My Morning Jacket to a dark comedy by provocative Comedy Central stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

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Arts and Humanities
4:43 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Speed Museum Hosts Horse Sculptor Talk

Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculpture “Burnt Pine” stands seven feet tall, and its spare frame brings to mind reconstructed dinosaur skeletons. “Danuta” is a reclining bronze giant in outline, a tangle of rough bronze.

The two sculptures have joined the Speed Art Museum’s collection and are now on display in “Inside | Out,” a preview of how the museum’s collection will interact with nature when the Speed reopens in 20125 after a $50 million expansion and renovation.

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