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February 2016
Free

Slow Art Sunday: Selection from Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection

February 7 @ 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 a selection from the exhibit, Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection.

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Birmingham Speaks: Y: Voices From Birmingham’s Next Generation

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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February’s Birmingham Speaks will feature representatives from Generation Y, who will unpack the topics of expression, art, and social change in an evolving Birmingham. This month’s event is made possible through the generous support of Susie Abbott, Executive Director, Youth Leadership Forum of Birmingham.

Birmingham Speaks offers a dynamic platform for conversations about the realities and nuances of topics relevant to the city and beyond. This platform offers attendees the opportunity to participate in the conversation by asking their own questions and to join the panelists in examining this topic.

Panelists include:

Omari Jazz, Musician, DJ, Provocateur
Josselyn Cruz, Senior at G.W. Carver High School
Tomeka Frieson, Junior at JCIB
Evie Morton, Sophomore at Homewood High School
Sam Newton, Senior at Indian Springs School
Jynae K. Jones, SGA President, Miles College
Moderators: Max Rykov and Sharrif Simmons

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Visually Impaired Program: How the West was Won – and Lost

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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In this program for adults, 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.

The American West was depicted as the shining future filled with opportunity for our country after the turmoil of the Civil War. But, at what cost? What about those other “Americans” who already lived there? What was their future?

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 10.

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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Slow Art Sundays: Hiawatha and Minnehaha

February 14 @ 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, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett leads us in a discussion on Hiawatha and Minnehaha by Edmonia Lewis.

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Artbreak: Photography

February 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Curator of Education and/or Education Department staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

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Bart’s Books

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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 Ferida Wolff’s The Story Blanket.

Bart’s Books is sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities.

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Slow Art Sunday: G.E. Mask and Scarification

February 21 @ 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, Docent Katia Kiss Miller will lead a discussion on G.E. Mask and Scarification by Willie Cole.

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Visually Impaired Program: How the West was Won – and Lost

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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In this program for adults, 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.

The American West was depicted as the shining future filled with opportunity for our country after the turmoil of the Civil War. But, at what cost? What about those other “Americans” who already lived there? What was their future?

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, February 19.

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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Haitian Vodou Ceremonies, Songs, and Sacred Objects

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This lecture will discuss Haitian Vodou ceremonies that are dedicated to spirits, called loa. Songs, drumming, and sacred objects such as flags, rattles, and drums are used in the salutation of the spirits. This presentation includes field photographs, music and audiovisual documentation to help place this great and noble religious tradition in context.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite has a Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University (2007) and he works as an Associate Professor at the University of Florida. He is the author of Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English (Temple University Press) and Yon sezon matchyavèl/Une saison en enfer (L’Harmattan), with Jacques Pierre. He has published articles on Haitian Creole historical linguistics, language policy in Haiti, Haitian Creole literacy, bilingualism among Haitian Americans in Miami, and comparative religion. He is currently working on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded “The Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture” (The Vodou Archive) and a book project on Arabic and Islamic influences in contemporary French, German and Dutch cultures.

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Slow Art Sunday: Les Portraits de MM. De Bethune Jouant Avec un Chien (Children of the Marquis De Bethune Playing with a Dog)

February 28 @ 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 Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Les Portraits de MM. De Bethune Jouant Avec un Chien (Children of the Marquis De Bethune Playing with a Dog) by Francois Hubert Drouais.

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March 2016
$10 for members // $15 for non-members

Art & Conversation: Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection

March 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Ornately beaded and sequined flags, called drapo, play an important role in the Haitian religion of Vodoun. Curator Emily Hanna discusses the many sources of Haitian symbolism, from African religions and Roman Catholicism, to the Society of Freemasons.

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Eivor and Alston Callahan Lecture: India’s Post-Partition Identity and the Cinematic Image

March 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In August 1947, the Independence that India and Pakistan claimed was accompanied by a Partition of the Indian subcontinent, a geographic division that brought large-scale ethnic violence and mass migrations. Over a period of many months (and in the case of partitioned Bengal, years), at least fourteen million people—Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims—fled their homes and homelands, crossing over the newly created borders to become refugees. At least one million were killed in ethnically-charged riots and pogroms, and women by the tens of thousands (possibly more) were raped or abducted. This overwhelming tragic saga of religious conflicts, nationalist mobilizations, and plight of refugees came to constitute a critical aspect of politics and social life in independent India and informed popular culture in various ways. Yet, for several decades after, mourning and even memory of the events of 1947 and 1948 was suppressed. The trauma as well as the loss of “what might have been” was consciously and conspicuously ignored in most forms of public culture.

Coincidentally, the the years following Independence and Partition are regarded as the “Golden Age” of Indian cinema, and in these years the self-image of a new nation began to be narrated through film. This talk, given by Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., will look at cinematic images of the 1950s and early 1960s and consider how Indian identity was being reformulated and articulated in the national cinema. Dr. Cummings will also consider ways in which the cinematic image helped mourn the nation’s collective trauma in indirect ways, and how the twin demands of forgetting and remembrance of Partition were negotiated, drawing from such films as Awara (Raj Kapoor, 1951), Pyaasa (Guru Dutt, 1957), and other classics of the era.

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Slow Art Sunday: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

March 6 @ 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 Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Barking Up the Wrong Tree by F.W. Edmond.

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Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In this program for adults, 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.

The BMA has become an important center for the study of ceramics from all parts of the world. This tour will explore examples of ceramics from Asia, Europe, and America with music and tactile objects enhancing the experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 9.

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

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Holi Festival

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Museum and ICS are thrilled to host Holi, the Indian celebration of color for the sixth year in a row! Last year, over 2,000 people came out to enjoy classical Indian and Bollywood style dancing and music, food, storytelling, art-making, and gallery exploration.

The Museum has one of the largest collections of Asian art in the Southeast, so there is plenty to see! The day ends with a huge celebration outside to play Holi, which involves the throwing of powdered colors, a traditional part of Holi celebrations. Make sure to wear something you don’t mind having to wash! There is truly something for everyone.

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