Looking for a fun way to kick off the new year with your family and friends? Join us for Sunday brunch at Oscar's! With a delicious menu, complete with all your local and seasonal favorites, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When you are finished with brunch, head upstairs and enjoy the final day of Norman Rockwell's America! Click here to see the brunch menu and click here to purchase tickets to the Rockwell exhibit!
Kerry James Marshall is visiting Birmingham in celebration of the Museum's acquisition of his painting School of Beauty, School of Culture. A MacArthur “Genius” Award winning artist, Marshall will present a lecture, IMAGE IS EVERYTHING, at BMA on Wednesday, January 16, at 6PM. Marshall is among the most eloquent chroniclers of African American cultural life and his paintings bring to life a world of African American experience that he believes has been largely invisible to the larger culture. Click here to learn more about the lecture and this exciting opportunity to learn more about BMA's latest acquisition.
Want to visit the Museum on your schedule? Come in for First Thursday! This month we feature an Italian New Year tapas and cocktails menu, music from Charlemagne Records DJs, a free beer tasting, a free drop-in and draw class, and a free screening of the movie Pleasantville. This First Thursday is also the last chance to see Norman Rockwell's America and to hear from our Curator of American Art, Dr. Graham Boettcher, in a gallery talk on Rockwell. Click here for a full schedule of events!
Our Slow Art Sundays program has been highlighted by Slow Art Day, which will take place April 27, 2013. BMA's year-round committment to our visitors' engagement with art is evidenced by our free Slow Art Sundays experience. Haven't come in for Slow Art Sundays yet? Read more about the program in this article and plan your visit to an event soon!
Time is ticking! The final days of our acclaimed exhibition, Norman Rockwell's America, are upon us! Come in and see the show that was ranked the best of London in 2011. We are so lucky to have this collection of works at BMA, the first venue the exhibition has seen in the United States. With 52 original oil paintings and all 323 vintage Saturday Evening Post covers, along with two bonus exhibitions within the gallery, this experience is not to be missed. Make plans to see the charm and nostalgia of Norman Rockwell before it all ends on January 6, 2013! Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.
Join us on Saturday, December 8, for a FREE family fun day, Rockwell's Rockin' Pancake Extravaganza! Fuel up for the day with free pancakes and hot cococa, and get in the holiday spirit with sing-a-longs, art activities, scavenger hunts, and Bart's ArtVenture! You'll also get to meet two very special guests, our new Bart the Art Bat puppet and SANTA! Welcome Bart to the Museum at his premiere and get your picture taken with Santa. Click here for more information!
For even more holiday fun, sign up for our Gingerbread House Workshop! This family studio class lets you create a quaint gingerbread house that even Rockwell would envy. Register now!
On Thursday, December 6, we will be hosting the 28th Annual Chenoweth Lecture. This year's lecture, Ways of Seeing: The Art of Norman Rockwell, will be given by Dr. Wanda M. Corn, the Robery and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Dr. Corn's lecture will look at Norman Rockwell's love of art history and the works of art he saw in museums. He often quoted from masterpieces in his illustrations and explored the different ways people look at and engage a work of art. Click here for more details about the lecture and Dr. Corn!
Want to do your holiday shopping and benefit the Museum? Join the Red Mountain Garden Club for their 30th Anniversary Greenery Sale on December 5, 9AM-1PM, at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Stock up on beautiful holiday decor including handmade kissing balls and boxwood trees, amaryllis, designer ribbon, unique gifts, and much more! Many thanks to the Red Moundain Garden Club for putting on such a wonderful, festive event to support BMA! Click here to visit their website and learn more.
On November 18, BMA's Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Dr. Jeffreen Hayes, visited the National Gallery of Art for a conversation with Darryl Atwell. Atwell, a collector based in Washington, DC, spoke with Dr. Hayes about the collecting of African American art by others and the rise of contemporary African American artists. The discussion, "Collection Black: An Anachronism," was part of the National Art Gallery's lecture series The Collecting of African American Art. Listen to the lecture here!
In the article "America's Art Cities," travel journalist Chris Leadbeater of London's the Independent recognizes Birmingham as one of the cultural institutions worth visitng in America. Leadbeater discusses both well known and lesser known museums across the country and highlights BMA for its "intriguing" collection in a "burgeoning" Southern city. The article was then picked up in another British publication the London Evening Star and also in the New Zealand Herald. Click here to read the full article!
Care for an evening of art, live music, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres? Join the Junior Patrons and the Birmingham Arts Junior Alliance on November 29 for Art After Dark, an evening featuring Norman Rockwell's America. Docent-led tours of the exhibition start at 6:15 and 7PM. Click here to learn more about the evening!
What could be better than two Birmingham cultural institutions pairing up? At this week's ArtBreak, Glenny Brock, Lyric Theatre Volunteer Coordinator, will give a talk on the theatre's history and restoration. Built in 1914 in the heart of Birmingham's bustling theatre district, the Lyric was one of the finest vaudeville houses in the Southeast. Although the Lyric had segregated seating and segregated entrances, it was the only venue in town where black and white audiences saw the same show at the same time for the same price. Efforts are underway to restore the Lyric, just in time for its centennial. The Museum plans to partner with the Lyric for it’s 2013 programming with artist Jefferson Pinder, so be on the lookout for more on the Lyric soon! To learn more about the ArtBreak and how to get a free dessert from Oscar's, click here!
With Albert Bierstadt's "Looking Down the Yosemite Valley, California" on the road, Frank Stella's "Flin Flon VI" has taken its place. Come see this beautiful piece of our collection up close! The Bierstadt will be traveling until late September 2013, so we are excited to showcase another wonderful work for the next several months.
In honor of National Philanthropy Day, November 15, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our donors and volunteers for a wonderful year at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
2012 has been an exciting year for us. Our overall attendance increased by 24% and we offered a number of exciting and diverse exhibitions. Visitors experienced Indian sculpture, French lithographs, European jewelry, Danish ceramics, Alabama quilts, and two American masters – Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell. We opened our first interactive family gallery, Bart’s ArtVenture, and our family attendance exploded! In addition, we organized the exhibition The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection and now it is traveling throughout the country. Currently, it is showing at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, then it will visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.
While we are known for the quality of our collection as well as our exhibitions, perhaps the most special thing about the BMA is that general admission remains free for everyone – a luxury very few communities in the United States enjoy. It is because of the generosity of our city and community, from foundations and corporate partners to members, donors, and volunteers, that we have been able to remain free of charge since we opened our doors in 1951.
On National Philanthropy Day, and every day, we celebrate, and thank you!
Bart and his friends are planning a fun-filled day at the Museum! Join us Sunday, November 18, for Bart's Arctic Adventure! Hear an Inuit drum circle, see an ice sculptor at work, and create an Inuit-inspired sculpture out of soap! Discover the traditions of the Inuit people through a short film, scavenger hunt, storytelling, and much more! Click here to read more about this free family day.
This Saturday, November 10, the Museum will host its montly Visually Impaired program. This month's theme, "Against All Odds: Arists with Disabilities," will allow guests to explore works by and learn more about disabled artists. In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the permanent collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts. Click here to learn more about this program.