Temporary Exhibitions

Learn about our temporary exhibitions currently on display at the Ali Center as well as our upcoming exhibitions below!

Corita Kent: Heroes and Sheroes

Now open through January 3rd

Corita Kent, formerly Sister Mary Corita, was an artist and teacher with an innovative approach to design, education, and messaging. By the 1960’s, her vibrant serigraphs were drawing attention for their thought-provoking and prevailing topics, combining art with social activism. Corita’s work reflected her concerns about poverty, racism, and war, and her messages of peace, hope, and social justice continue to resonate with audiences today. The Ali Center will host a compilation of Corita’s work from 1969, all of which showcase her hope during a time of turmoil. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, October 11th and be on display until Friday, January 3rd.  Entry to the exhibition will be included in the general admission price.

Check out our guided student tours for Corita Kent: Heroes and Sheroes here.

Upcoming Temporary Exhibits

INHERITANCE by Imar Hutchins

January 18, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Imar Hutchins is an artist by birthright who has spent a lifetime collecting his inheritance. By amassing a collection of historic reference documents and tracing family histories towards their origins, he has equipped himself for the self-assigned task to pass learned wisdom along to future generations. His upcoming solo exhibition, titled Inheritance, fuses his prolific printmaking practice with his signature work as a collagist, imprinting stories recorded in his family archives onto the surfaces of his mixed media portraiture. Each portrait depicts a person of supreme significance, some directly related to Imar by blood and some adopted through a spiritual bond all for the collective benefit of building a unified human family. – Zoma Wallace, Curator, Inheritance

Shining a Light: Women's Fight for the Right

Opens March 8th, 2020

The Muhammad Ali Center is already gearing up for our 7th annual Shining a Light Photography Contest and Exhibition.

On June 4, 1919, Congress passed the 19th amendment. In 2020 and in support of the Frazier History Museum’s initiative and the city of Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center will host Shining a Light: Women’s Fight for the Right celebrating the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The exhibition will focus on women’s suffrage on a global scale in hopes that it will honor the women around the world who have fought and continue to fight for the right to vote without bias, without discrimination, without violence, and without fear. It will also explore the narrative of suffrage, and reflect on women who have fought, throughout history and all over the world, for political representation and the right to participate in politics in general.

Below is the link to our online submission form. Please share with anyone you know who would be interested in participating. The call for submissions will be open until December 31, 2019.

Submit Here

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.

The Golden 60

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Muhammad Ali  (then Cassius Clay), winning a Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.  

September 5, 2020 - January 4, 2021

This exhibit will feature large scale images of Muhammad at the 1960 Olympics and items from the Ali Center Collection. Ali Center visitors will also learn about Muhammad’s Olympic journey—from receiving the medal at 18 years old, to his rumored loss of that medal in the Ohio River, to his 1996 Olympic torch lighting experience at the Opening Night Games in Atlanta.  In the Center’s permanent exhibits, visitors will also find the actual torch Muhammad carried in Atlanta to light the Olympic cauldron, as well as the Gold Medal presented to him at the 1996 Games to replace his long-lost medal from the 1960 Olympics. 

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