Louisville celebrates life of Breonna Taylor with new museum exhibit
A new exhibit at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville aims to commemorate the late Breonna Taylor while celebrating her life through the eyes of those who knew her best.
Guest curator Allison Glenn had conversations with Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, before setting up the temporary installation, BET reports. Through a team effort that included Taylor’s family, local activists, artists and more, Glenn developed the exhibit to commemorate the memory of Taylor and the town she was from.
“First, I spoke with Breonna’s mother and asked her how we might think about her daughter’s legacy, and translated it into three ideas: promise, testimony, remembrance. Then I called a national panel, ”Glenn told the NY Times.
Glenn selected members of the National Advisory Committee to help create the facility, as well as mental health professionals and researchers. The artist decided to use Taylor’s Vanity Fair the cover as the centerpiece of the exhibition, Magazine W reports. The portrait, designed by Amy Sherald, showed the 26-year-old EMT worker dressed in turquoise and wearing the engagement ring she was never lucky enough to receive from her boyfriend Kenneth Walker.
“A lot of people think museums aren’t accessible, don’t reflect who they are,” Glenn said. “This exhibit tells the story of a woman who lived in Louisville, whose family lived in Louisville; it’s about what happened to him and in response to those things. There will be people who may be coming to the museum for the first time. “
Taylor and Walker were at home lying in bed when plainclothes police executed a search warrant and forced their way into the apartment, reports the BBC. Authorities said an officer was shot in the leg by a bullet from Walker’s pistol. Three officers fired back and fired 32 bullets, according to the FBI ballistics report. Taylor was caught in the crossfire and died on her hallway floor.
Glenn’s exhibit in honor of Taylor has been named “Promise, Witness, Remembrance”. It opened at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville on April 7 and will be on display until June 6.