Promise, Witness, Remembrance at the Speed Art Museum will reflect on the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020, and the year of protests that followed, in Louisville and around the world. The exhibition explores the dualities between a personal, local story and the nation’s reflection on the promise, witness, and remembrance of too many Black lives lost to gun violence.
To develop Promise, Witness, Remembrance, the Speed Art Museum and guest curator Allison Glenn have engaged two advisory groups — a local steering committee of Louisville researchers, mental health professionals, artists, activists, and community members, and a national advisory panel of artists and activists from across the country. Allison was in dialogue with both groups throughout the process, and their guidance has been instrumental in the development of the exhibition.
The local Steering Committee was convened by the Speed’s Community Engagement Strategist Toya Northington. The National Advisory Panel, convened by Glenn, includes arts strategist Mecca Brooks; artist and Founder and Executive Director of Rebuild Foundation Theaster Gates; multidisciplinary filmmaker, curator, and arts administrator Jon-Sesrie Goff; retired military officer and cousin of Alton Sterling Raymond Green; artist advocate and cousin of Trayvon Martin La Keisha Leek; painter Amy Sherald; multidisciplinary artist, co-founder of The Wide Awakes and For Freedoms Hank Willis Thomas; and art historian Dr. Allison K. Young.