With the death of Leonard Leight in March of this year, the collection he compiled with his wife Adele (1923-2018) has passed in its entirety to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. Featuring works of ceramics, glass, furniture and other decorative arts, the collection totals over 450 works of art, of which 220 are contemporary glass. Decorative arts curator Scott Erbes considers the gift historic: "Like many passionate collectors, the Leights did not want to hide their collection and their passion for glass behind closed doors," Erbes said. "Rather, they wanted to share their joyful discoveries with others, generously promising their collection to the Speed and its visitors over the course of several decades. In doing so, they made one of the most transformative gifts in the Speed’s nearly 100-year history."
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