Exhibitions

Ben-Franklin

Trendsetter

Ben Franklin, not Daniel Boone, first popularized the coonskin cap during his exploits in France while there rallying support for the American colonists’ revolt.

Upcoming

Holidays around the World

November 28, 2014- January 4, 2015

Holidays Around the World is a visually-stunning, multi-cultural tree display that celebrates holiday traditions found throughout Louisville’s diverse communities. It ranges from trees decorated as they would be in countries that observe Christmas, to cultural displays showcasing other holidays observed around the globe throughout the year.

 

Kentucky by Design: Material Culture, Regionalism and the New Deal

March 7- July 26, 2015

horseThis one-of-a-kind exhibition explores the Index of American Design in Kentucky. The Index was part of the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Federal Art Project, which sought to create a lasting record of what was uniquely American in material culture. The first of its kind since the active years of the Federal Art Project between 1936 to 1942 to focus on the Index in a single state, Kentucky By Design includes a broad selection of rarely seen renderings and their related objects that document Kentucky’s contribution to the Index. Included are more than 100 artifacts, drawings, furniture, quilts and textiles representing the decorative arts as well as Shaker folk life and material culture in Kentucky from the Colonial era through the nineteenth century.

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