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Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Samurai

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired! This Sunday, docent Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on our collection's samurai armor, in preparation for our summertime exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor (opening June 28).

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Family Tour: Africa!

Family Tour: Africa!

June 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
family tour

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover? Travel across the globe to Africa!

ArtBreak: Somnus

ArtBreak: Somnus

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Somnus, about 1774. Wedgwood (est. 1759), Staffordshire, England. Stoneware (black basalt). 11 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 14 inches. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc., at the Birmingham Museum of Art; The Buten Wedgwood Collection, gift through the Wedgwood Society of New York, 300.2008.

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert! Today’s ArtBreak is presented by senior docent Laura Wallace on this month's Spotlight on the Collection piece, the Wedgwood sculpture Somnus.

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Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise Opens

Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise Opens

June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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When the widowed Hester Bateman took over her husband’s silver workshop in 1761, she faced the staggering challenge of running a physically and creatively demanding business at a time when domestic service was the only female-friendly industry. Fortunately, Hester was ...

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

June 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First Thursday

Your Night at the Museum! The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends ...

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Family Tour: Africa!

Family Tour: Africa!

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
family tour

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover? Travel across the globe to Africa!

Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
art cart drawing

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! In June, we will create summer silhouettes! "Draw" with black lines and fill in the rest with color!

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Slow Art Sunday: View of the Grand Canal, Venice

Slow Art Sunday: View of the Grand Canal, Venice

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
grand canal

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired! This Sunday, master docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Canaletto's View of the Grand Canal, Venice.

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Family Tour: Africa!

Family Tour: Africa!

June 10 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
family tour

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover? Travel across the globe to Africa!

ArtBreak: Highlights of the Museum

ArtBreak: Highlights of the Museum

June 10 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert! Today’s ArtBreak is presented by master docent Joyce Benington, who will lead a discussion on Joan Mitchell: Fields and Flowers, Storms and Sunsets.

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Art & Conversation

Art & Conversation

June 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers THE VALUE OF ART What makes fine art fine? What happens when a Rembrandt is de-attributed by a group of Rembrandt scholars? How much is a masterpiece by Rauschenberg worth that cannot be bought ...

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Art On The Rocks! – Seryn

Art On The Rocks! – Seryn

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Seryn / Art On The Rocks / June 13, 2014

Sample brews by Back Forty Beer Co., secure eternal good luck by folding one of a thousand paper cranes for a collaborative installation, or enjoy everything else we have planned: Buy Tickets!

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Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

June 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
VIP

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s 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. Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, June 9. VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2643. Program sponsored by the Eyesight Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

June 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
art cart drawing

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! In June, we will create summer silhouettes! "Draw" with black lines and fill in the rest with color!

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Oscar’s Father’s Day Brunch

Oscar’s Father’s Day Brunch

June 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Special Lunch Hours at Oscar's Café // Grab lunch from noon to 2PM at Oscar's! Everyone has loved the new, French-inspired menu, made just for the Delacroix exhibition.

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

Slow Art Sunday: Horse

Slow Art Sunday: Horse

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
horse

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired! This Sunday, master docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on our Chinese piece, Horse.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 16 - 20

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 16 - 20

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

Family Tour: Africa!

Family Tour: Africa!

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
family tour

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover? Travel across the globe to Africa!

ArtBreak: Mystery at the Museum

ArtBreak: Mystery at the Museum

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert! Today’s ArtBreak is presented by Assistant Curator of Education for Visitor Engagement Kristi McMillan, who will lead a discussion on Mystery at the Museum. Learn all about our mystery object on view at the Museum now!

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 16 - 20

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 16 - 20

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 16 - 20

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

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Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

June 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
art cart drawing

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! In June, we will create summer silhouettes! "Draw" with black lines and fill in the rest with color!

Bart’s Books: Mama is it summer yet?

Bart’s Books: Mama is it summer yet?

June 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bart’s Books is a storytelling program for children ages 4-7. Bart selects a new book and related work of art each month that he thinks kids will enjoy. This month, Bart has selected Mama is it summer yet?, by Nikki McClure. Bart’s Books is sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities.

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Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Chatsworth

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired! This Sunday, docent Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Pieter Tillemans' Chatsworth House.

Summer Solstice Concert

Summer Solstice Concert

June 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Inspired by the Museum's English Gallery, the Red Mountain Chamber Players' annual concert is themed English Tea Time. The music will reflect the elegance and sophistication surrounding afternoon tea in eighteenth-century England. A tour of the Museum's English gallery and our recent acquisition Chatsworth House, by Peter Tillemans, will precede the concert.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 23 - 27

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 23 - 27

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

Family Tour: Africa!

Family Tour: Africa!

June 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
family tour

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover? Travel across the globe to Africa!

ArtBreak: In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art

ArtBreak: In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
asian galleries

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert! Today’s ArtBreak is presented by Curator of Education Samantha Kelly and Assistant Curator of Education for Family Programs Madeline Adams. Samantha and Madeline will discuss In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 23 - 27

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 23 - 27

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

Collectors Circle Salon

Collectors Circle Salon

June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is for members of Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org. To attend this event, RSVP by June 19 to Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org. Salons are an opportunity ...

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Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

Young Artists (grades 3 – 5) : All About Africa

June 23 - 27

For students entering grades 3 - 5. All About Africa – Explore animals, patterns, costumes, and materials in African art. Discover stories about each culture and the artworks they used. Create artworks that celebrate and honor the diversity of Africa.

Lethal Beauty Members Opening Lecture and Reception

Lethal Beauty Members Opening Lecture and Reception

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Help us welcome Lethal Beauty with an opening lecture, reception, and viewing of the exhibition! Enjoy food, drinks, music, and a festive celebration of Japanese culture. Please arrive early for the lecture to ensure your seat; all seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is FREE for BMA members, and $25 for non-members.

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Lethal Beauty Opens

Lethal Beauty Opens

June 28
lethal beauty

The samurai are universally recognized warriors. Tales of their heroics have fascinated people since the 12th century. Bushido (The Way of the Samurai) is the code of chivalry by which they lived, and encompasses not only mastery of the martial ...

Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

Bart’s Art Cart: Summer Silhouettes

June 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
art cart drawing

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart! In June, we will create summer silhouettes! "Draw" with black lines and fill in the rest with color!

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Slow Art Sunday: Somnus

Slow Art Sunday: Somnus

June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Somnus, about 1774. Wedgwood (est. 1759), Staffordshire, England. Stoneware (black basalt). 11 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 14 inches. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc., at the Birmingham Museum of Art; The Buten Wedgwood Collection, gift through the Wedgwood Society of New York, 300.2008.

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired! This Sunday, master docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on this month's Spotlight on the Collection piece, Somnus.

Asian Art Society: Private Tour of Lethal Beauty

Asian Art Society: Private Tour of Lethal Beauty

June 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a private walk through of our summer exhibition Lethal Beauty, which features Samurai weapons and armor. We will meet in front of the exhibition galleries, and we will convene after the tour to discuss the exhibition and enjoy wine and cheese. To RSVP, please contact Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org or 205.254.2567 by Monday, June 23.

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