Louisville, Kentucky is home to today’s “Museum of the Day,” The Speed Art Museum. Although the museum is closed for a major renovation and new 21st century building construction, there are still ways to participate and support this, the oldest and most significant art museum in Kentucky.
With a $50 million expansion planned through 2015, The Speed Art Museum is currently closed for construction. The new 60,000-square-foot North Building will help create one of the finest experiential art museums in the country and will double the overall square footage and nearly triple the gallery space from the existing wing. The expansion will create a state-of-the-art space for larger special exhibitions, new contemporary art galleries, a family education welcome center, indoor/outdoor café, museum shop, and a multifunctional pavilion for performances, lectures and entertaining. Additionally, the new Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and public Piazza will be created for the display of sculpture that will engage University of Louisville students and faculty and museum visitors.
Visit the museum’s satellite space, Local Speed, at 822 East Market Street, during the expansion!
Local Speed serves as the Museum’s satellite space during the renovation and expansion, hosting unique programming, special exhibitions, family art activities and events. Local Speed is located in the heart of Louisville’s downtown neighborhood, Nulu and is open Fridays, 12-8 and Saturdays, 11-4. You can also join free and informal docent tours of the gallery on Fridays and Saturdays between noon and 3pm. It’s a wonderful way to experience art at a slightly different Speed.
I look forward to seeing the new museum in 2015!