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We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

November 2014
Free

Slow Art Sunday: Girl Bathing, Looking At Her Reflection In The Water

November 30 @ 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 Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Max Klinger’s piece Girl Bathing, Looking at her Reflection in the Water.

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December 2014
Free

World AIDS Day Film Screening

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Museum is partnering with AIDS Alabama for World AIDS Day!

Join us for a World AIDS Day screening of award winning film deepsouth, a documentary focusing on HIV/AIDS in the South that features AIDS Alabama’s CEO, Kathie Heirs. Winner of SHOUT! LGBT BEST DOCUMENTARY and UAB KORONISFEST PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD at Sidewalk Film Festival.

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Free

ArtBreak: Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels

December 2 @ 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 BMA’s Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels, from the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio.

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Free

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
until November 27, 2014

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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Free

Slow Art Sunday: Shiva and Parvati

December 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 Julia Stork will lead a discussion on the Indian piece Shiva and Parvati.

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Free

ArtBreak: A Christmas in England

December 9 @ 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 Lee Sandstead, art historian and star of Emmy-nominated Travel Channel series Art Attack.

When Lee Sandstead traveled to England for Christmas, he did not know what to expect. He knew that he would visit the museums, graves, universities, cathedrals, and other various sites to discover great and wondrous things. However, what he found was quite different. Over a period of time, Sandstead made one of the greatest discoveries of his life — the English people. Their Christmas traditions, gorgeous interiors, wonderful hospitality and civility, and — yes — their pubs made for an extraordinary way to spend the holidays.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: The Barricade

December 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 Katia Kass Miller will lead a discussion on George Wesley Bellows’s piece The Barricade.

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Free

ArtBreak: So Now I’m Lookin’ Dead At You, What Are You Gonna Do?: Mickalene Thomas and the Black Female Gaze

December 16 @ 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 the BMA’s Ford Fellow in residence and Ph.D. candidate Kelli Morgan. Kelli will discuss So Now I’m Lookin’ Dead At You, What Are You Gonna Do: Mickalene Thomas and the Black Female Gaze.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: The Deserted Studio

December 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, master docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Philippe Halsman’s piece Dalí Atomicus.

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No ArtBreak

December 23 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Please note that there is no ArtBreak today due to the Christmas holiday. Thank you!

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels

December 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, docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on a piece from the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels.

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Free

ArtBreak: I Heart Art

December 30 @ 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 members of Teen BMA, who will discuss their favorite works of art in the Museum.

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January 2015

No First Thursday

January 1, 2015

Please note that since the Museum will be closed for New Year’s Day, there will be no First Thursday event this month. Check out our plans for our next First Thursday on February 5!

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Free

Visually Impaired Program: Art Sleuth: Finding The People Who Disappeared

January 10, 2015 @ 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.

For many years, archeologists were puzzled by the disappearance of the cliff-dwellers of the Mesa Verde and the people of Chaco Canyon. Recent discoveries have “found” these missing people through their distinctive art. Join master docent Janet Sanders for this tour!

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, January 5.

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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February 2015
Free

Visually Impaired Program: Romantic Excursions

February 14, 2015 @ 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.

This Valentine’s Day, stroll along the coast of France, voyage on a gondola through the canals of Venice, and hike along one of America’s most beautiful national parks in the Yosemite Valley. Join master docent Stacy Smith for this tour!

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, January 5.

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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