Temporary Exhibitions

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


Shining a Light: Women's Fight for the Right

On display through August 26th

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.

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.

Upcoming Temporary Exhibits

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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