Promise Curated by Allison Glenn
Witness April 7 - June 6, 2021
Remembrance

Speed Art Museum
Louisville, Kentucky

Free and Open to the Public

Promise, Witness, Remembrance at the Speed Art Museum, curated by Allison Glenn, reflects 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 is organized around the three words of its title, which emerged from a conversation between curator Allison Glenn and Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, during the exhibition’s planning.

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In "Promise," artists explore ideologies of the United States of America through the symbols that uphold them, reflecting on the nation’s founding, history, and the promises and realities, both implicit and explicit, contained within them. In "Witness," they address the contemporary moment, building upon the gap between what a nation promises and what it provides through artworks that explore ideas of resistance across time, form, and context. In "Remembrance," they address gun violence and police brutality, their victims, and their legacies.

Promise, Witness, Remembrance features artists from Louisville and across the United States, and was developed with the guidance of Breonna Taylor’s family, a Steering Committee of Louisville artists, activists, mental health professionals, researchers, and community members, convened by the Speed’s Community Engagement Strategist Toya Northington, and a National Advisory Panel, convened by Glenn.

April 7 - June 6, 2021
Free and Open to the Public

Speed Art Museum
Louisville, Kentucky

Exhibition Programs

  • March 25
  • 6PM EST
  • Online

Cinema+ Looking at the Past to Inspire the Future: Community Leader Panel Discussion About Judas and the Black Messiah

Moderated by Nicole Hayden, a panel of community leaders used the film Judas and the Black Messiah to launch a conversation about how communities can organize and spur a movement for social and economic change. The film premiered earlier this year at the Speed Cinema as part of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Panelists included Charles Booker, Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey, Shauntrice Martin, and Dr. Brandon McCormack.

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  • April 08
  • 6PM EST
  • Online

National Advisory Panel Conversation with Allison Glenn

Promise, Witness, Remembrance Guest Curator Allison Glenn (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art) assembled a National Advisory Panel to help shape the early stages of the exhibition development, and to subsequently advise throughout the planning stages. Hear from Allison Glenn about why she chose to convene this group of advisors and listen to the panelists discuss the process.

Participating National Advisory Panelists

Mecca Brooks, Arts Strategist

Allison Glenn, Guest Curator and Moderator

Jon-Sesrie Goff, Multidisciplinary Filmmaker, Curator, and Arts Administrator

Raymond Green, Retired Military Officer and Cousin of Alton Sterling

Amy Sherald, Painter

Dr. Allison K. Young, Art Historian

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  • April 16
  • 6PM EST
  • Online

Virtual after Hours at the Speed

Virtual After Hours welcomes you to explore our collections and exhibitions with special performances, conversations, tours, and more, streaming live online via the Speed’s YouTube and Facebook channels. You’re invited to join us from the comfort and safety of home!

April's Virtual After Hours includes:
- Director’s Cut: Part 1 with Speed Art Museum Director Stephen Reily and artist Amy Sherald
- Performance of VIGIL from opera singer/musician Davóne Tines
- Art + Activism discussion with public educator and historical storyteller Jermaine Fowler
- Tricia Hersey of the Nap Ministry discusses creating a guided meditation for Promise, Witness, Remembrance
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Music performance from The Afrophysicists

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  • May 21
  • 6PM EST
  • Online

Virtual after Hours at the Speed

Virtual After Hours welcomes you to explore our collections and exhibitions with special performances, conversations, tours, and more, streaming live online via the Speed’s YouTube and Facebook channels. You’re invited to join us from the comfort and safety of home!

May's Virtual After Hours includes:
- Director’s Cut Part 2 with Speed Art Museum Director Stephen Reily and artist Amy Sherald
- Showcase from selected artists in response to There Are Black People In the Future by Alisha Wormsley. The call for commissions is now open! Application is available here. Deadline to to submit proposals is Sunday, April 11 at 11:59pm EST.

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  • May 23
  • 2 PM EST
  • In Person

Teal Table Talks

These events will bring strangers together to have candid conversations about their experiences and issues that have affected our community over the past year. The goal is to create a space for community members to come together to have organic conversations. Teal Table Talks will take place in small sessions facilitated by Dr. Steven Kniffley and Chandra Irvin with additional facilitators from Spalding University.

Participation includes admission to Promise, Witness, Remembrance one hour before your session begins, and participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience afterwards.

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  • May 23
  • 3 PM EST
  • In Person

Teal Table Talks

These events will bring strangers together to have candid conversations about their experiences and issues that have affected our community over the past year. The goal is to create a space for community members to come together to have organic conversations. Teal Table Talks will take place in small sessions facilitated by Dr. Steven Kniffley and Chandra Irvin with additional facilitators from Spalding University.

Participation includes admission to Promise, Witness, Remembrance one hour before your session begins, and participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience afterwards.

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  • June 06
  • 2 PM EST
  • In Person

Teal Table Talks

These events will bring strangers together to have candid conversations about their experiences and issues that have affected our community over the past year. The goal is to create a space for community members to come together to have organic conversations. Teal Table Talks will take place in small sessions facilitated by Dr. Steven Kniffley and Chandra Irvin with additional facilitators from Spalding University.

Participation includes admission to Promise, Witness, Remembrance one hour before your session begins, and participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience afterwards.

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  • June 06
  • 3 PM EST
  • In Person

Teal Table Talks

These events will bring strangers together to have candid conversations about their experiences and issues that have affected our community over the past year. The goal is to create a space for community members to come together to have organic conversations. Teal Table Talks will take place in small sessions facilitated by Dr. Steven Kniffley and Chandra Irvin with additional facilitators from Spalding University.

Participation includes admission to Promise, Witness, Remembrance one hour before your session begins, and participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their experience afterwards.

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Experience the Art

Experience the Art

View photographs of the artwork featured in Promise, Witness, Remembrance.

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“It Could Have Been Me”

After interacting with the “Promise, Witness, Remembrance” exhibition, the Speed Museum encourages community members to reflect on and contribute their own images to an online photo engagement exhibit titled “It Could Have Been Me.” Participants can contribute a photo or piece of artwork that represents their relationship with any of the three themes — Black joy, Black love, and Black family.

“It Could Have Been Me” launches early May 2021.

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Promise, Witness, Remembrance.