I said I’d be back and I was.

I am referring to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. In a 2013 blog, Back to the fancy stuff for now, I posted the pictures I had taken at the Speed before it closed for a major renovation and expansion in 2012. In the post, I pledged to be at the Speed when it reopened. Saturday was the grand opening and I was there.

10:00 AM was the grand opening of the Lost Art Press retail store in Covington, KY. I was there to experience the excitement and grandeur. I stayed long enough to make sure that other people were coming and Chris wouldn’t alone on his big day.

New North Building of the Speed Art Museum.

New North Building of the Speed Art Museum.

I then drove 90 miles to the Speed in Louisville. At noon, the Chief Curator, Scott Erbes, was giving talk in the Kentucky Gallery discussing some highlights of the Kentucky decorative arts collection. I was a few minutes late but I made it.  The talk was informative and Kentucky Gallery was amazing.

The Kentucky Gallery. I want to move in here.

The Kentucky Gallery. I want to move in here.

The opening day crowd was less than I had feared (I have a very pessimistic imagination) and manageable. But I had places to be. There were a few interesting retail establishments in the area with inconvenient closing times. I wasn’t sure when I would be back in Louisville. I had to make the most of my time there.

I then headed back north to check out an antiques mall in Florence before being back at the LAP store by 7:00 PM for the Anarchist’s Design Book launch. I was there, noshed and kibitzed until it got too crowded. I don’t do crowds well and I had to get back to the Speed.

I drove back to Louisville, checked into the hotel and transferred all the pictures from my Nikon and iPhone to the MacBook Pro, tweaked ’em and send the first 118 pictures to Flickr. I was back to Speed by 11:00 PM.

The North Building at night. Just missed the Buti Yoga class.

The North Building at night. Just missed the Buti Yoga class.

The older building was a screen for a light show.

The older building was a screen for a light show.

Scott Erbes was giving a talk in and about the English Renaissance Room at midnight.

English Renaissance Room during on of its quiet moments.

English Renaissance Room during one of its quiet moments.

The opening of the museum was 30 continuous hours of planned activities, talks and movies. I took some time after the midnight talk to explore the parts of the Speed that did not contain furniture.

The appropriately named Tapestry Room.

The appropriately named Tapestry Room.

Then there was the obligatory gallery of Dutch and Flemish art.

Always a crowd favorite. My wife loves this era.

Always a crowd favorite. My wife loves this era.

The North Building houses the modern and contemporary art and the special exhibit space north.

Part of the glass collection.

Part of the glass collection.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am very pleased I was able to be there. Tired, having been up for 20 hours and driven close to 300 miles, I accomplished everything on my list and lived to blog about it. Perhaps my list was not rational but that never stopped me before. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I took pictures, too. Click HERE to see the amazing Kentucky Collection of furniture from 1800 to 1945.