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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!

August 2015
Free

Public Tour: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

August 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Every week until September 6, 2015
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Every week until September 6, 2015
Opening Day at Talladega College 007

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of our summertime exhibition, Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: Ceremonial Knife (Tumi)

August 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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 the Sican culture’s Ceremonial Knife (Tumi).

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September 2015
Free

ArtBreak: David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

September 1 @ 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 led by Education Intern Micah Shea-McKibben, who will lead a discussion on David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter.

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Art & Conversation: Symbols and Sayings in African Art

September 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Video Art: What Is It?

Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi reviews the emergence and history of video and the artists who pioneered the development of the medium.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

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Free

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

September 3 @ 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 for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

6PM: Docent-Led Tour: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College // Join us for a free tour of our summertime exhibition, featuring the large-scale, colorful murals from Talladega College’s Savery Library.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Film Screening // Against the Odds: Explore the lives of visual artists who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the twentieth century’s richest artistic moments. Archival footage, newsreels, and photographs recall the influential force of exhibitions, Harlem’s vibrancy in the Roaring Twenties, and significant personalities such as William E. Harmon, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke. Watch African-American artists triumph over formidable odds to create lasting beauty. Please join us for a Q & A after the film.

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Free

Public Tour: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

September 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until September 6, 2015
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until September 6, 2015
Opening Day at Talladega College 007

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of our summertime exhibition, Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life with Game Birds

September 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on Cornelis Mahu’s Still Life with Game Birds.

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No ArtBreak

September 8 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Please note that there is no ArtBreak today.

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Free

Visually Impaired Program: Sculpture in the Garden

September 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.

Artworks in the BMA’s Ireland Sculpture Garden were created by many different artists and represent various genres and art movements. Explore these artworks through touch and verbal description for a very personal experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, September 7.

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

Slow Art Sunday: Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs)

September 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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 Marelene Wallace will lead a discussion on Charles Courtney Curran’s Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs).

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Free

ArtBreak: Remembering Crisis: Artistic Glimpses into a War-Torn Environment

September 15 @ 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 Education Graduate Intern John Agricola, who will lead a discussion on Remembering Crisis: Artistic Glimpses into a War-Torn Environment.

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Free

Lecture: Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Issues of Religion

September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Co-sponsored by the Friends of American Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Birmingham-Southern College
This lecture examines the significance of religious belief in the making and meaning of modern American art. Looking at American moderns ranging in stylistic diversity from Joseph Cornell and Mark Tobey to Agnes Pelton, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol, it further considers why religion was largely excluded in the history of modern American art, especially as that history was shaped in the early through mid-twentieth-century. How might the visual, material, and affective dimensions of religious belief enrich our thinking about modern American art?

Erika Doss is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary American art and cultural studies. Her most recent book is Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (University of Chicago Press, 2010). She is co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and on the editorial boards of Public Art Dialogue and Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. Her current book project is Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Religion.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the exhibition David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter.

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Free

ArtBreak: Finding Identity in Black Like Who?

September 22 @ 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 Head of Education at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Ahmad Ward, who will lead a discussion on Finding Identity in Black Like Who?.

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Free

Visually Impaired Program: Sculpture in the Garden

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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.

Artworks in the BMA’s Ireland Sculpture Garden were created by many different artists and represent various genres and art movements. Explore these artworks through touch and verbal description for a very personal experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, September 18.

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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