‘Careful, Neat & Decent: Arts Of The Kentucky Shakers’

The Shakers were a religious order that died out in Kentucky in the early 1900s. The art world has embraced its well-designed furniture and household items. “Do not make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, do not hesitate to make it beautiful” was a motto. The exhibition features over 50 objects from Kentucky’s two restored locations, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill at Harrodsburg and South Union Shaker Village at Auburn. The museum is also showing a companion dance video “Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly: When the Spirits Moved Them, They Moved” shot at Pleasant Hill.

Through March 14

Speed Art Museum
Prices vary
2035 S. Third St.

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‘Careful, Neat & Decent:  Arts Of The Kentucky Shakers’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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