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Published on : Saturday, February 27, 2016
The Speed Art Museum will celebrate its reopening in a grand style with a weekend of non-stop activities that begin on Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m., and go for 30 hours straight. The museum has been closed for over three years to undergo a $60 million renovation and expansion that began in September 2012. The Speed is the oldest, largest and the foremost museum of art in Kentucky.
Along with a renovation of the existing Speed, the expansion includes a new 62,500-square-foot building. The new building adds state-of-the-art space for larger exhibitions, contemporary art galleries, a family education and welcome center, a cinema, an indoor-outdoor café, a museum store and a Grand Hall for performances, lectures and special events. It doubles the museum’s overall square footage and nearly triples the gallery space from the existing wing. A new art park and public piazza has also been added that features sculptures created specifically for the Speed.
The fanfare for the reopening begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the piazza. What follows will be 30 hours of performances by musicians, poets, puppeteers and dancers along with screenings and curator talks. The event brings together Louisville’s musicians, artists, theatre groups, faith leaders and more. The grand opening celebration was specifically designed to coincide with the new vision of the Speed. Much like the celebration, the new Speed hopes to provide something for all age groups, all the different arts groups and all backgrounds. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Speed Art Museum is a quintessential part of what makes Louisville such a vibrant arts and cultural travel destination,” said Karen Williams, president & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With its reopening, the city adds another first-class attraction not to be missed while visiting here.”
The Speed’s grand opening celebration continues through 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.