‘Going for the Gold’ @ Speed Art Museum

Through Aug. 26

Speed Art Museum
2035 S. Third St.
$10 (free for members)

There’s nothing like the Olympic Games to fire up levels of patriotic enthusiasm among devotees and non-sports fans alike. If a ticket to London isn’t in your budget, you can still get a taste of Olympic fever at the Speed Museum’s latest exhibit, “Going for the Gold.” Featuring nearly a century of Olympic memorabilia from the private collection of U of L professor Robert Kebric, the exhibit includes posters, banners and 27 Olympic torches. Kim Spence, the museum’s curator of Collection Research, says, “The bold graphics and iconic images of Olympic posters are readily associated with the games, but people are often surprised to learn that the designs of the torches also change every four years. Few of us ever have the opportunity to attend an Olympic event in person, but this exhibition offers viewers the rare opportunity to examine these fascinating objects up close.” —Jennifer Harlan

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