Over 500 guests attended The Big Reveal at the Speed Art Museum on Saturday, November 7. These guests were all Patrons Circle members and above of the Speed who were delighted to see the new building without any art; essentially, it was naked. The party started late, after 9 p.m. and went on until 1 a.m. Guests met beforehand for dinner at local Louisville hotspots and then traveled to the Museum, which was lit from within and also from the outside with bright blue spotlights. Guests entered into the new entrance and gazed upon the stunning building with wide open spaces of glass and stone. In the first floor event space was a dance floor and a stage, flanked by two large bars. Upon entering, each guest got a pair of sunglasses to use for the next part of the adventure: an eye-opening laser light show on the second floor.
On the main first floor, bourbon drinkers delighted at the selection of Kentucky’s finest spirit, with bars sponsored by both Heaven Hill Distillery and Brown-Forman. Wiltshire Pantry, the future restaurant at the Speed, did the catering. Guests noshed on finger foods while sipping their bourbon cocktails.
Later in the evening, the first floor became a silent disco, where guests donned earphones and listened to one of three DJ’s who were broadcasting live from the stage. People danced for the remainder of the night to music only they themselves could hear.
Chairs Juliet Gray, Amanda Schriber, and Cheri Collis White gave guests plenty to do and see without any art on the walls. Lounging couches, intimate seating, and beautiful flowers brought a minimalist elegant aesthetic to the party. Guests wore everything from cocktail dresses to jeans at this event. There were two headliner leather jumpsuits worn by board members that were the stars of the show.
Upon leaving, at a very late hour for most guests, everyone was excited about the future. We overheard a guest leaving who said, “if the Speed Ball in March is even half as fun as this, it will be an incredible night.” The Speed will reopen March 12, 2016 and this beautiful building will be complete.
Photographer: First Light Image