Great Kentucky Antiques Given to Speed Art Museum

September 6, 2011

Even as the Speed Art Museum’s exhibition, Quilts from Kentucky and Beyond: The Bingham-Miller Family Collection was opening back in June (it closes on September 18), I was already working on the next big thing to hit the Speed:

Silhouette of Cassius Clay by William Henry Brown, 1845

The arrival of almost 120 pieces of nineteenth-century Kentucky furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles, paintings, and works on paper. This extraordinary trove of great Kentucky art was given to the Speed by Bob and Norma Noe. The Noes, both Kentucky natives, assembled the collection over the course of thirty years. Their generous gift makes the Speed’s Kentucky collection the best in the country.

Mason-Fleming-Lewis County, Kentucky, chest of drawers, 1795-1810

Over sixty highlights from the collection are now on view in the exhibition, Kentucky Antiques from the Noe Collection: A Gift to the Commonwealth. If you want to hear Bob Noe talk about his experiences as a collector, check out this and this.

To learn more about the Noes’ gift, read the whole press release.

Kentucky Quilts Are Here!

June 28, 2011

The Speed’s new exhibition, Quilts from Kentucky and Beyond: The Bingham-Miller Family Collection is now open and will remain so until September 18. It features 39 quilts, including ten Kentucky-associated quilts made between 1850 and 1940.

Preparing quilt for display

One of the best Kentucky quilts (and, in my opinion, the best quilt in the exhibition) arrived just a week before the show opened after it had…sneaked away…for several years! It was made between 1860 and 1870, probably in Henderson County, Kentucky (though possibly in Jefferson County). Its design is remarkably similar to a Logan County quilt by Virginia Mason Ivey in the Speed’s collection. The exhibition brings these two wonderful quilts side-by-side for the first time.

Quilt, 1860-1870, probably by Emma Bridges, Henderson County, Kentucky

Quilt, about 1860, by Virginia Mason Ivey, Logan County, Kentucky

Kentucky Quilts Are Coming!

May 5, 2011

On Sunday, June 19, the Speed Art Museum will open the exhibition Quilts from Kentucky and Beyond: The Bingham-Miller Family Collection. Drawn from an outstanding private collection, this exhibition of almost forty American quilts will include a selection of great Kentucky quilts dating from the antebellum era to the twentieth century. The exhibition will close on September 18. Watch for an update as we install the quilts next month!

Schoolhouse Quilt, about 1920. Kentucky