The Fine Art Specialty Tour at Assets 2019
Friday, January 25, 2019 in Conference
by Irene Szylinger, ISA AM, ISA Vice President and Fine Art Committee Chair
I am getting very excited about the Fine Art Specialty Tour that will take place prior to our annual conference, Assets, April 12-15 in Louisville, Kentucky. The whole day is filled with interesting venues and one delicious lunch.
We start the day off with a tour of the art collection of the Great Meadows Foundation, launched in 2016 after many years as a private collection by contemporary art collector and philanthropist Al Shand. It is located in a country setting outside the city of Louisville in Crestwood. The foundation provides the management of the art collection of about 350 major paintings and sculptures; among the well-known artists who are represented are Jaume Plensa, Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon, George Rickey, Tony Cragg, and Sol LeWitt.
Next we will view the contemporary art collection at the C21 Museum Hotel in Louisville. Karen Gillenwater, the Museum Manager, will give us a tour of the collection which is housed in a series of 19th-century tobacco and Bourbon warehouses along downtown Louisville’s West Main Street. World-renowned architect Deborah Berke reimagined these buildings as a contemporary art museum, hotel, and restaurant. Berke’s designs kept the cast-iron façade intact to highlight the sustainability of the original design and pay homage to the city’s historic architecture. We will see curated rotating exhibitions, commissioned site-specific installations and regular cultural programming.
For a great lunch we then go to Buck’s, a restaurant in Old Louisville located in the historic Mayflower building. In warm surroundings and promised wonderful food, this will be a good time to engage with our colleagues.
The Speed Art Museum
After lunch, we continue our art viewing at Louisville’s Speed Museum where we will enjoy two curator-guided tours, one of post-1950 modern & contemporary art, and another of pre-1950 American and European painting & sculpture. The Speed has good examples of American, Native, and European art and there will be time to explore the highlights of the collection on our own after the guided tours.
At 5:00pm, our bus will take us back to The Brown Hotel for the evening activities. I hope to see you there!