This will not only be an exhibition tied to the Summer Olympics in London, this will be one of the final shows at the Speed Art Museum, which closes in September for a three-year, $50 million expansion.
The Speed Art Museum is presenting, “Going for the Gold: Selections from the Kebric Olympic Collection” July 21 through August 26, which coincides with the Olympics
The exhibition features twenty-seven Olympic torches, posters, and banners from the private collection of Dr. Robert Kebric, senior professor of Ancient Greek and Roman History at the University of Louisville.
From the news release:
Representing nearly a century of Olympic games—from the 1920 games in Antwerp, Belgium, to this summer’s 30th Olympiad in London, England—these torches and posters feature unique designs and imagery intended to promote not only the sporting event, but also the host cities themselves. This exhibition traces the evolution and significance of the designs utilized for Olympic torches and posters, from the propagandistic undertones of the poster created for the 1936 Berlin games to the ancient Greek origins of the games referenced in the torch designed for the 1996 games in Atlanta.
Included in the exhibition is a poster designed by celebrated contemporary artist Robert Rauschenberg for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Rauschenberg’s dynamic composition incorporates the “Star in Motion” emblem, a series of interlocking stars accented by horizontal stripes, superimposed over a collage of photographic elements to suggest movement and speed, according to a Speed news release.
“The bold graphics and iconic images of Olympic posters are readily associated with the games, but people are often surprised to learn that the designs of the torches also change every four years,” stated Kim Spence, Speed curator of Collection Research and Special Projects.
“Few of us ever have the opportunity to attend an Olympic event in person, but this exhibition offers viewers the rare opportunity to examine these fascinating objects up close.”
Going for the Gold: Selections from the Kebric Olympic Collection is included with Museum admission.
Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (open late); Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Galleries are closed on Monday and Tuesday.
General admission to the Museum is $10 for non-members, free for members.
About the Speed Art Museum: The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the Belknap Campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed plays an important role in the cultural and educational life of the region serving more than 30,000 school children annually through community outreach programs, workshops, tours, summer camps, and the award winning Art Sparks Interactive Gallery.
Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (open late); Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Galleries are closed on Monday and Tuesday.