‘Making Time: The Art of The Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790-1850’

We know them as “grandfather” clocks. These imposing tall case clocks standing guard in stately manors denoted wealth and stature in 19th-century Kentucky. The exhibition, curated by Scott Erbes, the Speed’s curator of decorative arts and design, is the first to showcase these early timekeepers. It features 27 clocks documented with new research. The art of a tall case clock is not only in the wood cabinetry, but also in the movements of the gears and pendulums. The museum is hosting a symposium on Kentucky tall case clocks on Saturday, May 18.


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‘Making Time: The Art of The Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790-1850’

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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