The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum. In 2021, the Speed mounted a powerful exhibition titled “Promise, Witness, Remembrance” that reflected on the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020, and the year of protests that followed.
Team developed the visual identity for the exhibition in close collaboration with curator Allison Glenn and the Speed Museum, a National Advisory panel made up of artists, art historians, and activists, and a Steering Committee composed of researchers, community members, and Breonna Taylor's family.
Over the past year, American museums have been forced to consider how they might address anti-Black violence and center marginalized voices.
Guest curator Allison Glenn mapped out the show in three parts keyed to the themes in the title — Promise, Witness, and Remembrance — that naturally alluded to the tenses of past, present, and future. Dynamic typography shifts in relation to the segments of the exhibition, alluding to the moment without placing it within a concrete point in time. Throughout the exhibit, the placement of Promise, Witness, Remembrance is ever-changing — signaling to the viewer that we should view each work through a shifting lens of time and place.
“I wanted to create a historical framework of a century of protests for Black lives and to highlight the impact of these protests nationally and globally.”
“Glenn’s vision pushed us to look at the exhibition and the individual pieces through the context of time. We used the dynamic positioning of the typography and the subtle palette to question the fundamental role time plays in understanding how we promise, witness, and remember.”
“Through this act of creating community, of calling people in, you in fact center them.”