Gonzo: The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson
Dates: July 12 – November 12, 2019
Focusing on the years between 1964 and 1974 and covering the years between the publication of Hell’s Angels:
The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs through Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72,
the exhibition features the work of Ralph Steadman, Annie Leibovitz, Tom Benton, and Thompson’s own photography,
along with original letters and other ephemera to tell the story of the writer’s artistic partnerships.
The exhibition is timed to coincide with GonzoFest, the literary and music festival honoring the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson.
The 9th Annual GonzoFest will be held on Saturday, July 20 at the Louisville Free Public Library.
Gonzo! The Illustrated Guide to Hunter S. Thompson is the third in a series of exhibitions celebrating Thompson in “A Year of Gonzo,”
including Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective (University of Kentucky Art Museum) and
Freak Power: Hunter S. Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff (Frazier History Museum).
Speed Art Museum Permanent Collection
Selections from the Speed’s photography collection are also on view for the Biennial in the Kentucky Gallery,
which features five thousand square feet of exhibit space devoted to art created by and for Kentuckians
from 1800 through the 1940s. Highlights include a full-plate daguerreotype of the esteemed statesman Henry Clay,
dating from about 1850, and Marion Post Wolcott’s Baptism in Triplett Creek taken near Morehead, Kentucky in 1940.