Speed Art Museum celebrates its 90th birthday. | Courtesy of Speed Museum

The Speed Art Museum has set the bar high since celebrating its new look after a three-year break. The opening bash lasted for 30 straight hours over two days last February and featured hundreds of local musicians, artists and theater groups.

Now, to honor 90 years of providing art to the public, the museum won’t go quite that big in scope, but it is offering up an impressive lineup of Louisville’s most talented folks and will offer free admission for 12 hours of nonstop entertainment. On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Speed’s 90th birthday will run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Highlights include performances by Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet, Kentucky Opera, Squallis Puppeteers, a CD release party by James Lindsey, and, of course, cake. (The full schedule is below.) The first 90 people through the door will get a commemorative souvenir, and prizes will be given throughout the day.

James Lindsey | Courtesy of James Lindsey

Lindsey, formerly known as Jalin Roze, will play the last show of the night and debut his new EP, Same Sky, along with his band The Grand Nationals. The eight-song EP has been two years in the making, and Lindsey’s fans are eager to hear the new material, which he will perform in its entirety.

The J.B. Speed Memorial Museum was opened in 1927 by Hattie Bishop Speed to honor her husband, James Breckenridge Speed, a prominent businessman, art collector and philanthropist. It is the city’s largest museum and attracts more than 180,000 visitors a year.

The Speed is located at 2035 S. Third St. Admission on Saturday, Jan. 21, is free.

Check out Saturday’s full schedule of events below.

  • 10:30 a.m. — “African Gallery Talk” with Kim Spence, Speed curator
  • 10:30 a.m. — Compass Quartet
  • 11 a.m. — Storytime with the Louisville Free Public Library
  • 11 a.m. — Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company presents a selection from “Thomas Corneille’s Ariadne: A Dramatic Reading”
  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Kid Canvas Face Painters
  • 11:30 a.m. — “Works on Paper Gallery Talk” with Kim Spence, Speed curator
  • noon — Louisville Dance Alliance
  • noon — Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company presents a selection from “Thomas Corneille’s Ariadne: A Dramatic Reading”
  • noon — Louisville Zoo’s “Interactive Keeper Talk” with some furry friends
  • 12:30 p.m. — Storytime: Explore the museum’s collection through pairings of artworks and related children’s books
  • 1 p.m. — Cupcakes by Wiltshire at the Speed
  • 1 p.m. — Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company presents a selection from “Thomas Corneille’s Ariadne: A Dramatic Reading”
  • 1 p.m. — University of Louisville Steel Drum Band
  • 1 p.m. — Collection Highlights Tour
  • 1:30 p.m. — “Picturing American Indian Cultures,” with Kim Spence, Speed curator
  • 2 p.m. — Performance from dancers of Louisville Ballet and studio artists of Kentucky Opera and Teddy Abrams from Louisville Orchestra
  • 2-4 p.m. — Squallis Puppeteers
  • 2:30 p.m. — Storytime: Explore the museum’s collection through pairings of artworks and related children’s books
  • 3 p.m. — “The Wonderland Museum Exhibition Talk” with Scott Erbes, Speed curator
  • 3 p.m. — “The Unknown” screening: Louisville native Tod Browning directs a silent film released the year of the Speed’s opening with live accompaniment by Scott Carney (Wax Fang)
  • 3 p.m. — Kendall Carter Organ Trio
  • 3-8 p.m. — Photo booth with Derby City Selfie
  • 4 p.m. — Tai Chi with Lloyd Kelly
  • 4 p.m. — “Dutch & Flemish Gallery Talk” with Erika Holmquist-Wall, Speed curator
  • 4:30 p.m. — “The Wonderland Museum Exhibition Talk” with Scott Erbes, Speed curator
  • 5 p.m. — Music by Karter Louis
  • 5:30 p.m. — “Old Masters Gallery Talk” with Erika Holmquist-Wall, Speed curator
  • 6 p.m. — Music by Babs
  • 6:30 p.m. — Speed Dating Tour: Play matchmaker with artworks
  • 7 p.m. — Music by DJ Grey
  • 7 p.m. — “American and European Gallery Talk” with Erika Holmquist-Wall, Speed curator
  • 7:30 p.m. — Music by BRXTN
  • 8 p.m. — Performance from dancers of Louisville Ballet and studio artists of Kentucky Opera and Teddy Abrams from Louisville Orchestra
  • 8:15 p.m. — Speed Dating Tour: Play matchmaker with artworks
  • 8:30 p.m. — Music by DJ Grey
  • 9 p.m. — Music by James Lindsey & the Grand Nationals