Birmingham is listed as one of the top "14 Best Places To Go This Fall" by Fodor's! The Musuem, particularly Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project, is named as one of the best places to visit while in town. The list includes cities from around the world, including Hong Kong, Paris, and Munich. We are so proud of our city, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to the Museum! Read the full article and list of cities here.
As part of the city-wide commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, the Museum presents a contemporary art series to honor those who participated in the Movement 50 years ago. Birmingham Magazine takes an in-depth look at the exhibitions, giving a context for the commemoration from the Museum and the artists whose work is on display. Read the full article here!
Thursday, August 29 // 7PM // FREE
Dr. E. Michael Harrington will discuss Musical and Cultural Counterinfluences - Making My Inner Indian from Norwegian Wood to Mississippi Masala, Beatles, Bollywood, and Beyond. The lecture will explore the counterinfluences, mash-ups, and appropriations of Indian and North American music and culture. Audio and visual for this address will include movies ranging from Wonderwall, Mississippi Masala, and Slumdog Millionaire, as well as the music from The Beatles, Miles Davis, Trilok Gurtu, Ravi Shankar, Frank Zappa, Britney Spears, Raul Malo, techno, EMD, and more. Click here for more information and read more from al.com!
At the recent Staff Appreciation Luncheon, the Museum's maintenance staff was honored as the department of the year. They were recognized for both their facilities maintenance and their help with special events. Pictured left to right are Chad Land, Bonnie Martin, Ben Stubbs, Alberta Henderson, Charles Yates, and Darven Jemison.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 // 8pm // TICKETS ON SALE NOW
The Birmingham Museum of Art is excited to host The Black Jacket Symphony, presenting Elton John's Madman Across the Water! The concert will take place on the Museum's Upper Terrace on Friday, October 25, at 8PM. Tickets are $20 for Museum members and $40 for the general public. Also, before and after the show, discounts are available at Todd English P.U.B.! Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Starting September 1, a group of Native American dresses from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will be exhibited in the BMA’s Native American gallery, together with some accessories including beaded moccasins, leggings, and belts. All of these garments are from tribal groups who lived on the Great Plains, a vast grassland region in the middle of the US, extending from the US-Canadian border southward into Texas, between the Rocky Mountains and Mississippi River. Don’t miss these exciting loans, on view at the BMA until May 2014.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is excited to announce that the works of Eugene Delacroix will be coming in February 2014! The exhibition will include 31 paintings and 18 drawings from the influential artist, who is often called the “father of impressionism” and the leader of the French Romantic movement. This passionate, vibrant collection will be featured at only one other museum in the country, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Featuring pieces from museums located throughout the U.S. and Europe, the Delacroix exhibition brings a thrilling opportunity for the community of Birmingham to host a collection from a European master. Read more from al.com here!
Searching for a great place to celebrate your child’s next birthday party? Look no further than the BMA! Bring your friends for a party filled with creativity and excitement, including art activities led by your very own art instructor, scavenger hunts around the museum, and a special gift for the birthday child. With a variety of themes, you can explore the jungle with “Animal Adventures,” search for something special with “Lost Treasures,” and more. Explore, discover, and now celebrate at the museum! Click here for more information.
Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts, has been named Senior Curator. Anne has been with the Museum since September 1999. During her tenure she has curated a number of exhibitions and gallery installations and is the author of the comprehensive catalogue European Cast Iron in the Birmingham Museum of Art. Anne also oversees the Museum’s internship program.
At the National Art Education Association annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, during the first week of March, Curator of Education Samantha Kelly presented Adrift Without a Guide? Strategies for Engaging Self-Guided Museum Visitors with Toby Tannenbaum, Assistant Director for Education at The J. Paul Getty Museum. The session explored experimental strategies for encouraging visitors to slow down, look closely, connect with, and truly contemplate original works of art. A national audience of art museum educators learned about the innovative strategies newly available to visitors in the BMA including the Meditation Station in the Japanese gallery, the Mystery Object kiosk in the 18th-century English gallery, and interactive iPad apps featuring the permanent collection and exhibitions such as The Look of Love.
On February 28, Assistant Curator of Education for Visitor Engagement Kristi McMillan served as a judge for the 2013 Veterans Fine Arts, Applied Arts and Crafts Competition. This annual program provides veterans receiving treatment at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center with an opportunity to be acknowledged for their artistic talents and skills. Local first place entries in each category, selected by a panel from the local art community based on creativity, skill, originality, and total presentation, go on to compete in the VA’s national art competition.
Artist-in-Residence Toby H. Richards presented a sumi-e workshop entitled Sumi-e: The Art of Relaxation to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on April 12 as part of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Also a form of meditation, sumi-e is classical Asian black ink painting that focuses on simple brushstrokes used to communicate the essence of a subject. Richards has studied, taught, and exhibited her sumi-e work in Japan. She continues to develop and to teach Asian design principles.
Donald Wood, Senior Curator and The Virginia and William M.Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, was recently honored by his hometown of Barberton, Ohio. The Barberton Board of Education inducted Don into the Barberton Academic Hall of Fame on May 2. Don is the first inductee to represent the fine arts in the Hall of Fame. Don had lunch with a number of current Barberton High School students and was joined at the awards banquet that evening by family, friends, and former classmates.
Looking for a chance to get out, unwind, and catch up with your best friends? First Thursday returns August 1 with a special Ladies’ Night Out! Bring your girlfriends to enjoy 25% off cocktails and tapas from Oscar’s between 5 - 7 PM, along with live music from Mc Squared and a wine tasting from Hop City. After our happy hour special, join us as we welcome Veronica Kavass, author of Artists in Love, who will lead a lecture on the art world’s most provocative and passionate romances. For a full list of activities, please visit our First Thursday event page!
We are thrilled to welcome our first full-time conservator in over 20 years, Margaret Burnham. As an objects conservator, Margaret will focus on maintaining our extensive collection of three-dimensional objects, especially ceramics and glass. Her expertise and skill in conserving objects make her a perfect fit for the Museum, as we strive to present the highest quality objects from all over the world! Click here to read a full article on her new role from the Birmingham News.
Sunday, June 23 // 3PM // FREE
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the bombings at the 16th Ave Baptist Church, the Red Mountain Chamber Players will present a concert of music by classical black composers and will also give the audience a preview of the photographic exhibition coming this fall to the Birmingham Museum of Art. Click here to learn more about the selected readings and music we will enjoy during this special event!
FRIDAY // AUGUST 9 // 7-11PM
See what's new at this year's Art On The Rocks, our ninth season of this popular summertime series! Filled with live performances and art activities inspired by the Museum's collection, Art On The Rocks 2013 welcomes a line-up of local artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and designers. With headliners like St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Weeks, and Man or Astro-Man?, a variety of food and drinks, exciting giveaways, and much more, BMA is the place to be for the best of art, culture, and summer fun!
Our community art project placed fourth in the nation for the "Best Neighborhood Program Award" at the Neighborhoods USA conference in Minneapolis! The art project was part of this year's Party with a Purpose, an annual festival organized by Councilman Steven Hoyt at Ensley Park. BMA's artist-in-residence Toby Richards coordinated the art project with Hoyt, and the art was used to create 2013 calendar that was distributed throughout the city. Click here to read more about the project and this incredible honor!
University of Alabama at Birmingham's Enabling Technology Laboratory, as part of the School of Engineering, has begun to digitally capture statues in our Asian collection. High-definition scans were taken of three pieces - Shiva Manifesting within the Linga of Flames, Siva and Parvati, and Lakshmi - and will be used to create a digital walk-through of the gallery. Technical Director Corey Shum and his team hope that this digital gallery will increase awareness of the Museum, by both taking our collection outside our walls and bringing more people into our doors. Click here to read more about the project!
BMA is excited to announce the line-up for the ninth season of Art on the Rocks, a sundown series filled with live music, creative expression, themed beverages, and specialty foods. This season will showcase Birmingham artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and designers whose performances are inspired by works in the Museum's world-class collection. Musical guests this year include St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Weeks, and Man or Astro-Man?; read more about the bands and what's in store this year from al.com!