The Museum is pleased to present world-renowned concert pianist Eugen Indjic for the 2012 Rushton Concert, free to the public on Wednesday, November 7. With success from an early age, Indjic has continued to inspire audiences throughout his career and all over the world; we are excited to have him return to this year's Rushton Concert. Learn more about Indjic and the performance here.
Our Junior Patrons members enjoyed an evening of art, music, food, and drinks, all while learning about two of Birmingham's best nonprofits: the Museum and Studio By The Tracks! To see pictures from the evening's event, click here. If you are interested in joining the Junior Patrons for more fun events like this one, click here!
Have 30 minutes to spare during your lunch break? Join Dr. Jeffreen Hayes, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, for a discussion about the photographs within Intimate Interiors. "The Body in Black and White" will take place on Tuesday, October 23, at noon - stay for lunch at Oscar's Café and we will throw in a free dessert! Click here for more information on this session!
On Sunday, October 7, BMA hosted Gandhi Jayanti, the celebration of Gandhi's birthday. Presented by the Indian Cultural Society and in partnership with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the day included live performances of dance groups and a student essay and poster contest. Thank you to all of our participants - click here to learn more about the celebration, the contest prize winners, and the students' work!
After debuting at the BMA earlier in 2012, The Look of Love has already traveled to its first new venue! The Georgia Museum of Art opened the show on October 6, welcoming a large crowd to both the private opening and a gallery talk. The Look of Love is the first major exhibition of lover's eye jewelry; visitors can learn even more about this art form with the iPad app, which the BMA created. To plan a visit to see The Look of Love, open until January 6, 2013, visit the Georgia Museum of Art's website!
Norman Rockwell's America was highlighted in an interview on NPR, featuring analysis and commentary from BMA's Curator of American Art, Dr. Graham Boettcher. Dr. Boettcher gives a tour, discusses several pieces, and tells more about other artists who have influence Rockwell. Listen to the interview here!
TIME Magazine highlighted our fall exhibition, Norman Rockwell's America, in their September 24, 2012 issue. TIME notes that while Rockwell's signature style and idyllic images are evident throughout the exhibition, there are also portrayals of difficult events in our history: "Not that Rockwell shied away from grittier material. Among the many works on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art through Jan. 6 are paintings and illustrations depicting the civil rights movement and soldiers returning from war." The range of themes in Rockwell's works are well represented in the exhibition, opening September 16.
Our fall exhibition, Norman Rockwell's America, opened to the general public on September 16. Celebrating America's most beloved illustrator, the exhibition includes 52 original paintings and all 323 vintage Saturday Evening Post covers. There are many events, programs, and tours available for the exhibition. Read more about the exhibition here and purchase tickets now!
Experience the nostalgia before Norman Rockwell’s America officially opens to the public! All Museum members are invited to attend this exclusive first look viewing and preview party on Friday, September 14. A lecture on the exhibition will be given at 6pm. Following the lecture, guests are invited to attend a celebratory bash in the Museum’s Café with great American food, drinks, and music followed by a private viewing of this historic exhibition.
FREE for members, $25 for non-members
The Sankofa Society: Friends of African American and African Art will host its 4th annual Sankofa Society Soirée, themed Intimate Evening of Art, which connects to the exhibition Intimate Interiors. The weekend will begin Friday night with a VIP reception and champagne toast, where Sankofa Society members can meet and greet with the weekend's honoree, Theaster Gates, a Chicago-based artist and urban planner. The soirée on Saturday will feature live music, a fantastic menu, and a celebration of the Museum's African American and African art. Click here to get more information, purchase tickets, and learn more about the Sankofa Society.
The BMA and the Birmingham Art Association are reconnecting once again, going back to their roots to partner on this one-day art extravaganza! Join us on Friday, August 24, from 9am-12:15pm, as we watch artists test their skills in front of a live audience in a battle of the brushes and clay. Audience members get the opportunity to view this demonstration with some of Alabama’s most successful artists, including Dori DeCamillis, Scott Bennett, Frank Fleming, and Barbara Evans. The event includes continental breakfast and refreshments.
In 1995 the Museum, in conjunction with the University of Montevallo, organized the exhibition Echizen: Eight Hundred Years of Japanese Stoneware. As part of the programming for the exhibition, master potter Fujita Juroemon (1922-2008), an eighth generation potter in the Echizen tradition, conducted a two-week workshop at the University to show his technique. As a result of the exhibition and workshop, several students traveled to Japan to continue their studies with the Echizen potters. Since 2008, the City of Montevallo has had a Sister City relationship with Echizen, which includes an exchange program for students. On August 3, a group of teenage students from Echizen spent time at the Museum, touring, creating their own art, and learning more about American artists Jacob Lawrence, Chris Clark, and Benny Andrews.
It's almost time for the kids to head back to school - have they visited Bart's ArtVenture yet? Come create with us in the new hands-on family gallery! Even if you've already been, come back to check out our new art activity, where visitors can create their own murals! The activity is inspired by Sol LeWitt's Band of Color in Various Directions, which lives in our very own sculpture garden. Learn more about Bart's ArtVenture here.
Have kids between the ages 2 and 6? Come to the museum for a fun and interactive story time from 10am-2pm Thursday, August 9. The event, sponsored by LEGO DUPLO and the Association of Library Services to Children, has been touring across the nation, building creative minds, inpsiring imagination, and fostering early child literacy. Bring your little one in for a day of fun games, activities, and stories! Visit the Read! Build! Play! website for more information.
There are only a few days left of our current student exhibition, Forever Green: 100 Years of Girl Scouts, which closes July 31.
In the Girl Scouts' centennial year, the exhibit celebrates the legacy of Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon Lowe. Lowe, a nature lover, and the organization are honored through the "green" artwork, created by the Girl Scouts of the North-Central Alabama Council.
Click here to learn more about the exhibit, taking place in communities nationwide.
Looking to liven up your exercise routine? Yoga is a perfect way to calm your mind and energize your body, especially when practiced in the BMA's beautiful setting.
Whether you're advanced or just beginning, Yoga @ the Museum offers something for everyone! Energize your chakras with Vinyasa flow, the Five Tibetan Rites, Breathwork, and Chakra meditation.
Classes start at 10AM on every Saturday through the month of August. To learn more about the classes, instructors, and how to register, click here.