As part of the one-year commemoration of the devastating tornadoes that destroyed much of Pratt City on April 27, 2011, the City of Birmingham, the BMA, and the community of Pratt City collaborated on an artistic project to mark the occasion. During the month of April, Artist-in-Residence Toby Richards and contract artist Pansy Nelson engaged students from Daniel Payne Middle School in this creative initiative. Approximately 35 students who attend the after-school program, cosponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church of Forestdale and other community volunteers, contributed to the project. Students created ten 4' × 8' paintings that celebrate life, community, and hope. These bright, celebratory murals were installed in front of the Pratt City Library as part of a construction-zone barrier, while the library is being rebuilt. The panels were unveiled on April 28 at a community gathering in front of the library. We hope these works of art not only showcase the talents and spirit of Pratt City’s youth, but also provide a colorful burst of community pride and inspiration.
Our wildly popular summer series Art on the Rocks is back! Art on the Rocks dates: June 29, July 20, August 17, September 7. In its 8th season, Art on the Rocks will be themed around our summer exhibition, Warhol and Cars: American Icons. Come out this summer to enjoy live outdoor music, food and drinks in our newly renovated sculpture garden, graffiti artists' demonstration, interactive art scavenger hunts, photobooths and much more. Click here for more information.
Friday, June 8, noon
Nan Skier, Museum docent, board member, and lover of lover's eyes, gives one final talk about the collection before the exhibition closes on June 10. Discover the intriguing stories of love and romance associated with these fascinating objects, and the passion for collecting that started it all!
You’ve seen him weekly appraising treasures on PBS, on Find!, and the FOX reality show Buried Treasure. Now, hear what the engaging and accomplished Leigh Keno has to say about collecting and enjoying antiques in the 21st century. Joining Leigh during his presentation will be Keno Auctions paintings consultant Betty Krulik.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Birmingham Museum of Art, Steiner Auditorium
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Leigh Keno’s lifelong immersion in the world of art and antiques has made him one of the foremost experts in the field. Come learn more about the exciting new finds he has made as founder and president of Keno Auctions and his most dramatic discoveries of extraordinary works during his more-than 30-year career in the auction world, as a dealer, and on television.
Betty Krulik, a nationally-recognized figure in the American paintings area, brings with her more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. market, and will offer a lively discussion about the collection of pictures at the Birmingham Museum of Art and areas of opportunity in collecting.
Due to the popularity of this event, the parking lot is expected to fill quickly, so please come early! This lecture is free and open to the public.
Sunday, May 20, 5-7pm, FREE
Experience the rich traditions of India through live music! The Museum and the Indian Cultural Society are pleased to present an evening of classical Indian music with renowned artists Pt. Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla), Pt. Snehasish Mozumder (Mandolin), and Pt. Rupak Kulkari (Flute).
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012
Come enjoy these great perks and talks all day!
· 20% discount to all visitors on regular priced Museum Store purchases (Sale items excluded)
· FREE dessert with the purchase of a meal at Oscar’s
· Special discounts on memberships— Renew or bring a friend!
· Special tours meet in main lobby. Hear three different perspectives on the Museum's collection, history, and future!
11am: Samantha Kelly, Curator of Education
Noon: Jim Sokol, Board Member, Docent, and Collector
1pm: Gail Andrews, Museum Director
Hidden Treasures: An Evening with Leigh Keno and Betty Krulik
You’ve seen him weekly appraising treasures on PBS, on Find!, and the FOX reality show Buried Treasure. Now, hear what the engaging and accomplished Leigh Keno has to say about collecting and enjoying antiques in the 21st century. Joining Leigh during his presentation will be Keno Auctions paintings consultant Betty Krulik. Click here for more information!
Beginning in July, there will be African American art history classes offered by Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow Jeffreen Hayes. The classes will focus on the history, themes, and issues in African American art. This will be a great way to learn more about the art and the Birmingham Museum of Art’s African American art collection.
The classes are scheduled for Saturdays, July 7, 14, and 21 from 10 am to 12 pm. The pricing is as follows:
Sankofa Society Members -- Free
Museum Members -- $15 per class
Non-Members--$25 per class
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!
Art appreciation is helping UAB medical students get a better picture of patient health. In a weeklong course taught by UAB internist Stephen Russell, M.D., at the Birmingham Museum of Art, students learned to look for important visual cues—and clues—in paintings and other works. UAB Magazine recently featured an article highlighting the program and its impact on the next generation of doctors. Click here to read the full article.
The Museum's current exhibition, The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection continues to receive international acclaim with a feature in popular Polish publication, Wysokie Obcasy Ekstra. A journalist from the high-fashion publication (an affliate of Poland's largest newspaper) conducted a Skype interview with lover's eye collector Nan Skier in March. The interview not only provided content for the article, but resulted in an online video in which Mrs. Skier relates the history of her fascinating collection.
The May issue of Town & Country magazine offers a wonderful review of our current exhibition, The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection. For a permanent keepsake from this incredibly popular show, purchase the beautiful exhibition catalogue by the same name, which is currently on sale at the Museum store.
Charles Cort discusses the BMA's painting, A Race Meeting, Jacksonville, Alabama, at the site of the original racetrack, in his series Home is Where My Horse Is.
Cort lives in South Alabama near Spanish Fort. He is an expert on the history of horseracing in Alabama, having done extensive research on the racetrack depicted in W.S. Hedge's A Race Meeting, Jacksonville, Alabama, which was included in And They're Off, an exhibition on the history of horseracing in Alabama, curated by Cort, which open at the Museum of Mobile in 2008. Cort's interest in horseracing is in the blood: his great-great grandfather was from Kentucky and worked at the Oakland Race Track in Louisville. His great grandfather worked for the Louisville Courier-Journal where he wrote many of the early Kentucky Derby race reports.
From al.com: Several pieces of the new family gallery, Bart's ArtVenture were delivered to the Birmingham Museum of Art, April 2, 2012 by Softspace in Columbia, Tennessee. Bart's ArtVenture is a hands-on, interactive, art-making place for the whole family. It opens to the public May 19, 2012. Somerset Group in Huntsville designed the pieces in the gallery. (Birmingham News Photo Linda Stelter)
Please join us Thursday, April 5 at 10:30 am for an Art & Conservation featuring collectors Dr. Bill Mason and Bob Scharfenstein. They began collecting in 1972 at an Alabama estate sale. With regular visits to auction houses from New Orleans to Chicago, they have assembled a formidable collection comprising hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and pieces of art glass and crystal. In conversation with Curator Graham Boettcher, they share their passion for collecting and their favorite collecting stories. $10 Members, $15 Non-members.
On February 13, 114 docents and educators from eight arts and cultural institutions throughout Alabama attended a one-day workshop at the BMA. Talking Pictures was led by Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Through a series of discussions and in-gallery exercises, participants considered the role of education in today’s museums and how to create engaging tour experiences. The Museum is proud to offer excellent professional development opportunities to our volunteers and colleagues throughout the state.
BMA docent Nadine L’Eplattenier-Gibson, who attended The Clark’s docent summer school in Williamstown, Mass., last summer, was excited that Cassin brought his unique teaching approach to Birmingham. “He was excellent in engaging us in the various gallery talks and small group discussions. It was a wonderful day for exploration and engagement!”
“We want visitors to have ‘aha!’ moments on our tours, but Cassin taught us that an ‘aha!’ state of mind helps them to see wonder in the world around them,” said Cathye McDonald, BMA docent chair. “Every object has the capacity to excite wonder if we view it right. We should always have second thoughts, be flexible, keep thinking, and not fall into a routine or set script.”