Frazier History Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions

©Linda Bruickheimer, courtesy of the artist

©Linda Bruickheimer, courtesy of the artist

Road Map To Heaven:
Photographs by Linda Bruckheimer
January 22 – April 14, 2019

The advent of interstates in the 1920’s revolutionized life in the United States, shattering barriers and strengthening ties. Highways like Route 66, which runs from the shores of Lake Michigan to the Santa Monica Pier, signaled the dawn of a new era in which millions could travel great distances with ease or move far away and start life anew. And a slew of odd little shops, motels and roadside attractions emerged in the hundreds of tiny towns situated along these superhighways.

In her new solo exhibition entitled Road Map to Heaven, acclaimed photographer and native Kentuckian Linda Bruckheimer explores the federal highway system and its enduring legacy in American life. Featuring photographs of sites from Michigan to California, Arizona to Georgia, and a dozen states in between, Road Map to Heaven pays homage to the journey Linda’s family took in the 1950’s when relocating from Louisville to the Golden State — an experience that fueled her lifelong passion for road trips.

Eugene Dana Smith, 1930’s  © Bill Caddell, photographed by David Aaron Marshall

Eugene Dana Smith, 1930’s
© Bill Caddell, photographed by David Aaron Marshall

Harlan Hubbard Watercolors
February 20 – May 5, 2019

The least-known, but arguably the best, of Harlan Hubbard’s artistic media are his watercolors. Fresh, improvisational, and spontaneous, Hubbard’s watercolors are visual equivalents to the lively, brief descriptions of the natural world found in his journals. Like Hubbard’s observations of the natural world, the watercolors are notable for their immediacy and for the artist’s enthrallment with the sights he encountered in his life along waterways. This will be the largest exhibition of Hubbard watercolors to date.

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Olmsted’s Louisville: 1891 to the Present
April 10 – September 15, 2019

This exhibition will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, created to preserve the ultimate park system of Frederick Law Olmsted’s career. The Louisville system is one of only four completed park systems in the world designed by Olmsted, who is best known for his work on Central Park in New York, the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and the Biltmore Estate grounds in Asheville, North Carolina. Featuring historical documents, architectural plans, photographs and interactives, Olmsted’s Louisville will pay tribute to this famous landscape architect, exploring his legacy through his impact on the people, the neighborhoods, and the natural features of Louisville.

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Freak Power:
Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff
April 30 – September 2, 2019

This exhibit will explore Louisville’s native son, Hunter S. Thompson’s, and his bid to become sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado. Thompson’s writing for the campaign and the art created to accompany it are among the most notable and passionate works he ever produced. The show will feature 125 limited edition silkscreen prints, offset lithographs, reproductions of historical newspaper articles, documentary photographs, as well as a 30-minute BBC documentary on the campaign and additional rare and historic footage.

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Celebrating the Sounds of Kentucky
September 19, 2019 – February 2020

Music is an art-form that transcends boundaries. A popular song can cross national, racial, social, and economic lines to become part of a greater common culture.

Kentucky is often credited for its role in the development of bluegrass music, but the state has produced seminal figures in nearly ever significant movement in American music from ragtime to country, folk to blues, jazz to R&B and classic rock to hip hop.

This exhibit is a celebration of the rich, mostly untold tale of Kentucky music. The Bluegrass state deserves a place on the American music pantheon along with Mississippi, Louisiana, and all the other celebrated musical capitals.

65 Years of White Christmas
November 19, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Irving Berlin’s classic holiday film White Christmas celebrates its 65th anniversary this year as one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved musical films of the Christmas season. Loosely based on Irving Berlin’s 1942 film Holiday Inn, White Christmas follows the romantic journey of two song-and-dance teams, one of which involves two World War II veterans, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, and the other, two sisters, Betty and Judy Haynes. The two groups travel together to the Columbia Inn, a Vermont ski lodge, and over the course of their stay team up to perform a Christmas show to help the lodge owner — Wallace and Davis’s former commander, General Waverly — save his lodge from bankruptcy.


Women Vote 100 Celebration
March 2020 – January 2021

On August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the Nineteenth Amendment allowing women the right to vote. The Frazier Museum will coordinate Louisville suffrage effort, launching a major community celebration including more than 100 different partner organizations, and is working with the Louisville Office of Women to make sure the celebration is inclusive, and will examine and explore what suffrage looks like today. The exhibition will place Kentucky’s suffrage movement within the context of the national movement, while exploring the specifics of our state’s particular journey, its stars and its villains, its triumphs and defeats.