Learn about our temporary exhibitions currently on display at the Ali Center as well as our upcoming exhibitions below!
Truth Be Told: The Policies that Impacted Black Lives
Extended through February 27, 2022
As the call for racial justice and equality in America is louder now than ever before, the Muhammad Ali Center has created an exhibition to educate and help others learn from the country’s past in order to foster a better future. Truth Be Told: The Policies that Impacted Black Lives is an exploration of those policies that are linked to systematic racism in America, from the early 1600s, up to present day. Truth Be Told offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of Black people in our country that is often left out of, misinterpreted, or even falsified in our history books. It is critical that the facts of our collective American history be told, so that the negative outcomes that these policies produced can be understood, recognized, and amended.
The exhibition’s content is posted on authentic plywood panels that were used on buildings in the Louisville protests and marches. These panels, originally used as barriers, have been repurposed as the platform on which we are sharing this important history. Truth Be Told also features a spray painted mural created by Louisville artist Braylyn Resko Stewart.
We hope when visiting Truth Be Told that you will takeaway these three things: Learn, Share, and Vote. LEARN the true history of the policies that have affected Black people; Be encouraged to SHARE what they have learned with anyone who will listen, and VOTE for the people on the ballot who will make the right decisions for all people in this country.
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Inspiration to Action: An Art Tribute to Muhammad Ali
On display through February 13, 2022
Inspiration to Action: An Art Tribute to Muhammad Ali is the second exhibition of a series started in 2017.
Throughout his life, Muhammad Ali inspired individuals to be great and do great things. His deeds, actions, and heart transcended race, religion, gender, culture, and class. Ali’s dedication to whatever challenges he faced, provided light to the end result, like a beacon guiding him to the certainty that “impossible” is just a word. Since his passing in June 2016, people use Ali as inspiration more than ever – as an example of what it takes to become the greatest in sports, social activism, humanitarianism, art, music, and more.
The artwork featured in this exhibition features Ali as the sole inspiration. Each artist drew upon the words of the poet, the soul of the activist, the principles of the humanitarian, and the movement of the boxer to honor The Greatest. The artists’ unique talents capture the essence of what made Muhammad Ali a figure “of the people,” touching lives throughout generations.
Upcoming Temporary Exhibits
Shining a Light: Water
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the temporary closures of the Ali Center in late 2020 and early 2021 in response to the COVID pandemic, we will be postponing the annual Shining a Light photo contest. We will post information when the new submission dates and contest rules are updated. If you have submitted an entry there will be no need to resubmit. Thank you for your understanding.
The Muhammad Ali Center is honored to announce the topic of its eighth annual “Shining a Light” International Photography Contest and subsequent exhibition will be informed by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (#6), clean water and sanitation, as it relates to women and gender equality.
“Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent.” -United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6
While men and women alike rely on water and are affected by its scarcity, women have more responsibilities, needs, and uses of water. Water as a social issue of gender equality and a United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goal can be explained as having three reasons that emphasize the impact of water availability on women’s lives.
One, in many cultures world-wide women and girls are largely responsible for the collection of water for their households, often having to walk miles to and from a viable water source, which increases their vulnerability.
Two, women are often the members of households who manage the water supply and utilize that water for cleaning, cooking, and the general well-being of their families.
Three, women’s hygienic needs including reproductive cycles, pregnancies, and childbirth require greater access to clean water.
The Muhammad Ali Center requests submitted photographs pertinent to the above described topic. Images should relate to women’s work, lives, sanitation, and hygiene involving water. For more details, please see the section ‘contest theme’.
Photographs from this contest will be used to produce a documentary-style exhibition of 30-35 photographs, which will be exhibited at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky beginning Saturday, March 5, 2022.
About "Shining a Light"
“Shining a Light” is an annual international photography contest and exhibition hosted by the Muhammad Ali Center which leveraged its existing capacity to increase awareness around issues of human rights and social justice on local, national, and international stages in 2013. Annually, the “Shining a Light” contest focuses on an aspect of gender equality, curates an exhibition of those photographs that opens in conjunction with International Women’s Day every year, and offers educational programming about the selected topic in order to enhance the audiences’ experience.