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May 2015

Art & Conversation: The Four R’s: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Art!

May 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Here’s your chance to find out what the Education Department does and how it plays an integral role in the community through school and teacher programs, community outreach, and initiatives geared towards the teen and college audiences. Kristen Greenwood, Suzy Harris, and Toby Richards lead this enlightening discussion.

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Free admission (additional costs for studio class, tapas, and cocktails)

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

May 7 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

5:30PM: Studio Class with Project Runway Star // (Must register in advance, cost: $125) Hand tie and dye a beautiful scarf using vintage techniques originating from Jaipur, India. Learn from instructor Sandhya Garg, featured on Project Runway season 13, who has trained in international design studios from Alexander McQueen to the Gucci factory in Italy. Learn more about the class, Garg, and registration here.
6PM: Docent-Led Tour // See our new exhibition, David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter, and learn something new on our docent-led tour! Find out more about the exhibition here.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Sculpt // Love the designs found in David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter? Try your hand and sculpting!
7PM: Film Screening // Eames: The Architect and the Painter: The husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America’s most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture.

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$125 per person

Studio Class: Vintage Tie-dye Jaipur Style with Project Runway Star

May 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Click here to register now. Class limited to 20 people!

Hand Tie and Dye a beautiful silk scarf using vintage techniques originating from Jaipur, India. You will have the option of choosing between:

*Lehriya tying technique- Multi colored organic stripes made diagonally on the textile.
*Mothra tying technique or geometric Technique- Textile is neatly pleated in origami folds and resist tied before dying to get a geometric pattern.
*Khombi technique- tie your initials or motifs in the scarf

All students are encouraged to bring and old t-shirt, blouse, dress or skirt (Please bring only Cotton, Silk, wool or any other natural fabric) and we can give these pieces a new life, a fashionable face-lift. Every student will walk away with a custom hand-made silk scarf and a re-invented piece of clothing.

Instructor: Sandhya Garg, featured on Project Runway Season 13

Garg polished her skills at International design studios training at Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley and Izmaylova, learning everything from different pattern cutting techniques to hand embroidery craft and vintage knitting-lace making at the Gucci factory in Italy. She decided to launch her own label after graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2011. Sandhya Garg was recently seen at Project Runway Season 13, She won 2 Challenges, Was in Top a lot and her work was admired by Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. Specializing in womenswear, for her fashion is all about glamour and personal style.

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Free

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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.

Join master docent Judy Cook for Artists with Disabilities. Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. Yet, they all found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, May 4.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

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Free

Bart’s Art Cart: Play with Clay

May 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Every week until June 28, 2015

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!

Play with Clay: Create a sculpture in the whimsical manner of Frank Fleming! Use self-hardening clay to create an animal, a make-believe figure, or whatever comes to mind!

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Free

Public Tour: Artists with Disabilities

May 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In conjunction with International Museum Day on May 18, the Museum has partnered with Disability Rights and Resources to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Join us for a special public tour with docent Judy Cook as we explore Artists with Disabilities.

Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. On the tour, learn how the artists found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

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Oscar’s Mothers Day Brunch

May 10 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: The Sorceress

May 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 Georges Merle’s The Sorceress.

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Free

Family Tours: Flights of Fancy

May 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until June 30, 2015

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?

Flights of Fancy: Discover fantastical creatures in the exhibition, Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming, and look for whimsy in the Museum collection!

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Free

ArtBreak: Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

May 12 @ 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 led by Associate Professor of Art History at UAB Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., who will lead a talk on Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal.

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