KMAC Museum’s annual Vernissage celebrating the opening of the museum’s fall exhibitions will go virtual this year. Ticketed participants will have exclusive access to this online event, including conversations with artists Jordan Nassar and Ramona Dallum Lindsey, a sneak peek at the exhibitions themselves, a behind closed doors tour of prized artworks inspired by KMAC exhibitions in the homes of private collectors, and a spoken-word performance from Louisville artist and activist Hannah L. Drake.
The museum’s inaugural Vernissage, held in 2019, shone a spotlight on the artists and artworks featured as part of the KMAC Triennial, a celebration of art of the Commonwealth. The event included a dinner at which guests could meet Triennial artists, and a first look at the exhibition before it opened to the public. Even though an in-person event like this wasn’t possible this year due to COVID-19, KMAC Executive Director Michelle Staggs felt it was important to continue the Vernissage tradition.
“Now more than ever, we must remember that art provides a lens through which we can see our lives – and the events of the day – more clearly,” says Staggs. “At a time when we’re all at home much more, Jordan Nassar’s The Field is Infinite will explore the intersection between art and craft in the home. At a time when social justice issues are at the forefront of our minds, Ramona Dallum Lindsey’s Land Is: Parks, Cultures, Stories, a collaboration with black artists from around the city, will explore how urban parks reflect the systemic racism within our community. Virtual Vernissage will let viewers hear directly from these artists and learn how they grapple with these vital issues through their art.”
General event viewing tickets are available now for $25. Packages including the event and dinner for two start at $100 per couple. More information on tickets and packages can be found at KMACmuseum.org/vernissage.