Speed Art Museum's Grand Re-Opening
When the Speed Art Museum opens its doors on Saturday, March 12, it’s going to be one non-stop party in Old Louisville that will be going round-the-clock for 30 continuous hours.
Louisville’s art Mecca is reopening its doors after closing in 2012 for a nearly four-year, $50-plus million renovation.
As part of the excitement, every Sunday the Speed will offer free admission thanks to a $1 million donation from Brown-Forman. The free Sunday admission will be called “Owsley Sundays” in honor of Owsley Brown II, who was the CEO of Brown-Forman from 1993 to 2005. They begin Sunday, March 20 and continue through March of 2021.
Performances by musicians, poets, puppeteers and dancers will commemorate the grand re-opening bash.
The excitement kicks off at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new piazza. It will be followed by a slew of special events throughout the new space, including Turner’s Circus acts, performances by the Kentucky Opera, flamenco and ballet dancing, live music, gallery tours, curator talks, art activities and continuous film screenings in the new Speed Cinema.
The merriment continues until 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Admission to the grand opening party is free.
The new re-imagined Speed, as designed by Kulapt Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, is a blend of both the old and modern.
Kentucky’s largest and oldest museum, led by Speed CEO Ghislain d’Humières, is now approximately 220,000 square feet, and includes the new North and South Buildings,an outdoor art park and piazza, a cafe and a 142-seat cinema.
For more information call 502-634-2700 or visit speedmuseum.org.