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The Speed Art Museum will re-open in March of next year. On Wednesday morning, museum officials made the announcement. Officials also spoke about the Speed 365 public fundraising campaign.

The Speed Art Museum has been closed since 2012, as it undergoes a $50 million multi-phase expansion and renovation, that includes a new North Building, art park and a public piazza. The expansion nearly 80,000 square feet of renovation and 75,000 square feet of new construction.

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The Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami (ICA) has lost its interim director less than five months after announcing the appointment of Suzanne Weaver to the post.

The ICA, an institution set up by the former trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, informed the press in September that it had hired Weaver, a veteran of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky and the Dallas Museum of Art, to help lead the institution as it prepared to open a temporary space in the Design District.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:40

ICA Miami Names New Interim Director

With a new building and a new name already under its belt, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) has just announced a new interim director. Suzanne Weaver will take on the interim role while Alex Gartenfeld will transition to deputy director and chief curator. The Board of Trustees and former staff of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, officially broke with the city of North Miami in August to move to temporary digs in Miami’s Design District.

Weaver has logged 20 years in the museum world at institutions across the country, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Speed Art Museum.

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The Speed Art Museum continues to add to its curatorial staff in preparation for re-opening in 2016. Erika Holmquist-Wall, a specialist in 19th and 20th century Nordic art and design, joins the museum next month as the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture.

The Speed announced the hire of contemporary art curator Miranda Lash, formerly of the New Orleans Museum of Art, in July.

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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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In the midst of its considerable expansion project, the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky has been working with conservators to assess the condition of its collection and to oversee any necessary repairs. As part of this effort, the museum sent Paul Klee's "Seven Blossoms," an abstract watercolor and ink drawing on paper, to Nashville-based conservator, Christine Young, in hopes of halting discoloration to the already darkened work. Young was tasked with removing the acidic core of the paperboard that the drawing was mounted on, which was causing the discoloration. After carefully removing "Seven Blossoms" from its mount, Young discovered a previously unknown second drawing by Klee on the reverse.

Kim Spence, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Speed Art Museum said, "Any discovery of a new work by an artist of Klee’s significance is exciting, but this discovery is particularly significant for the Speed. It expands our representation of the artist and illustrates different facets of his artistic production."

The drawing, which depicts a town or village with geometric buildings set against a faint landscape, will go on view at the museum's satellite space, Local Speed, on February 28, 2014. The work will be displayed in a double-sided frame so that both Klee compositions will be visible.

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The Orlando Museum of Art is currently presenting the exhibition ‘Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting’. The opening of the monumental show, which took place on January 25, 2014, marked the beginning of the museum’s 90th anniversary celebration.

The works on view are on loan from the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky and were created between 1600 and 1800, a period commonly known as the Golden Age of European painting. During this time, the number of artists and art collectors in Europe grew exponentially. The exhibition presents 71 works including portraits, religious paintings, landscapes and still lifes by artists such as Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck, Jan Steen, Jacob Van Ruisdael and Thomas Gainsborough.

‘Rembrandt, Rubens, Gainsborough and the Golden Age of Painting’ will be on view at the Orlando Museum of Art through May 25, 2014.

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The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY announced that it has exceeded its $50 million fundraising goal for its Changing Speed expansion and renovation project by $334,000. The campaign’s success will allow the museum to complete Phase I and II of its plan, which includes building a new North Building, a central utilities building, and an art park and piazza.

The New North Building will span 62,500-square-feet and will double the museum’s overall physical space. The state-of-the-art renovation will include larger spaces for special exhibitions, contemporary art galleries, a family education welcome center, indoor and outdoor cafes, a museum shop, and a multifunctional pavilion for lectures and performances.

A major family gift made by civic leader Christy Brown will allow the Speed Art Museum to complete Phase III of its plan, which includes building a new South Building and extensive renovations to the existing structure. Brown made an $18 million contribution to the project in honor of her late husband, Owsley Brown II. The new 9,500-square-foot South Building will include additional gallery space and a state-of-the-art theater that will be capable of showing 16mm and 35mm films. The South Building will also include a renovated 5,600-square-foot gallery in the Speed’s current structure to house the museum’s significant collection of early Kentucky fine and decorative arts, which includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, silver, and other objects.

Work on Phase III of the Speed’s plan is underway and Phase I and II are expected to start this summer. All construction and renovations are expected to reach completion by the winter of 2015 and a grand re-opening is slated for early 2016.

Louisville philanthropist Hattie Bishop Speed founded the Speed Art Museum in 1925. It is the oldest, largest, and foremost art museum in Kentucky. The Speed is currently closed for the renovations but a temporary exhibition space was established in downtown Louisville’s Nulu district.

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Louisville, Kentucky. The Speed Art Museum announces that it will bring a masterwork by the artist Caravaggio to the United States.  Coming from the world-renowned Capitoline Museums in Rome, The Fortune Teller (1595) is one of the most highly regarded paintings by this legendary artist whose work is rarely ever seen outside of Italy.  In May and early June, it will be one of the few works by Caravaggio on view anywhere in the United States.  The exhibition of this masterpiece was organized by the Speed Art Museum in association with the Foundation for Italian Art & Culture in New York (FIAC).  Additional assistance was provided by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, the National Gallery of Canada and the Kimbell Art Museum.  The Speed Art Museum is deeply grateful to the Capitoline Museums and Picture Gallery for making one of its most important treasures available to American art lovers.
This rare artwork will be on view in Louisville from May 18 until June 5, 2011.  As a gesture of gratitude to the Capitoline Museums and the Italian Government, the Speed and the Foundation for Italian Art & Culture have made it possible for the painting to be exhibited at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York from May 11 to 15, 2011.  A symposium on Caravaggio at New York’s Hunter College of the City University of New York on Friday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  will also be part of the festivities surrounding the visit of this great painting to the United States.
Dr. Charles L. Venable, Director and CEO of the Speed Art Museum remarked about the Caravaggio project, “We at the Speed are thrilled to be working with our international partners to bring to America this early masterpiece by one of the most important ground-breaking painters in the history of European art.  The presentation of The Fortune Teller is part of our new Masterpiece Series and an outgrowth of our commitment to enhancing the art experiences we bring the public—which includes a major expansion of our facility as well as new acquisitions, loans, and collaborations with cultural partners. Having the opportunity to work with FIAC to present the work in New York as well as our community is deeply gratifying.”
The Fortune Teller, which depicts a Gypsy girl reading the palm of a young man as she surreptitiously slips a gold ring from his finger, will serve as the centerpiece for a small focus exhibition that demonstrates the influence of the Italian master on other artists working in Italy, Flanders, and the Netherlands during the early 17th century. Caravaggio’s insistence on heightened realism and the sculptural qualities of his figures, often brightly lit against a dark background, are evident in works from the Speed’s collection such as Gerard Douffet’s Ecce Homo, Nicolas Tournier’s Dice Players, and Hendrick van Somer’s Saint Jerome.  The diffusion of Caravaggio’s style throughout Europe will be immediately apparent in the two other works included in the Louisville exhibition, both from the Speed’s collection: Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Forty-Year-Old Woman, possibly Marretje Corneliszdr. Van Grotewal and Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck’s Portrait of a Man.

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