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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!

September 2014

ArtBreak: La Dolce Vita: 19th-Century Artists in Italy

September 23 @ 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 UAB adjunct art and art history professor Alice Jackson. Alice will discuss artists in the BMA collection who were inspired by Italy in the 19th century.

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Slow Art Sunday: Building the Schooner, Provincetown

September 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 Childe Hassam’s piece Building the Schooner, Provincetown.

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ArtBreak: Lit(art)ure 101

September 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 presented by Volunteer Services Manager Lindsey Hammel, who will lead a discussion on art that is inspired by literature in the Museum’s collection.

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October 2014
$10/$15

Art & Conversation

October 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers A CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION Although the job of a Museum Conservator involves monitoring the collection, good handling and housekeeping methods, and research, there are times when intervention and treatment of an object is necessary.…

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Free

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

October 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The First Thursday of Every Month

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: Tragedy at Sea

October 5 @ 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 George Inness’s piece Tragedy at Sea.

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Free

ArtBreak: Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate)

October 7 @ 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 Education Intern Amy Williamson, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate).

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Free

Pre-Concert Tour

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Before the annual Rushton Concert, please join Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D. for a tour of Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise.

The Rushton Concert will begin at 7:30PM; auditorium doors open at 7PM.

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Free

Annual Rushton Concert

October 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Auditorium doors open at 7PM.

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana drew mass attention during the 2013 Cliburn Competition for “intensely personalized music-making” (Dallas Morning News) that “had an electrical current running through virtually every measure” (The Plain Dealer). Already a rising star, Ms. Rana was named “One to Watch” by International Piano magazine just before her Cliburn appearance. Recording label Harmonia Mundi USA released a live CD of her Competition performances in late 2013 with works by Schumann, Ravel, and Bartók, which joins her debut CD on ATMA Classique featuring Scriabin and Chopin.

The Rushton Concert is generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rushton III

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$50 for museum members // $60 for non-members (for four-class series)

Moving Meditation

October 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Every 2 weeks on Saturday until November 23, 2014

Join teachers from Villager Yoga to explore BMA from a different perspective. Exhibit your strength and balance of mind and body in traditional yoga poses linked in nurturing, flowing sequences. Our moving meditation will help usher in powerful energy throughout the entire body and soul, followed by a deep sense of calm, relaxation, and stillness. For beginners to intermediate, the class has a moderate pace.

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Free

Visually Impaired Program: Tools of the Trade

October 11 @ 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.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, October 6.

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: Moon Jar, Korea

October 12 @ 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 Korean piece Moon Jar.

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Free

ArtBreak: Joan Mitchell: Fields and Flowers; Storms and Sunsets

October 14 @ 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 master docent Joyce Benington who will discuss Joan Mitchell: Field and Flowers; Storms and Sunsets.

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Free

Slow Art Sunday: Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate)

October 19 @ 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on a Nicoyan culture’s piece Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate).

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Free

ArtBreak: The Art of Finding a Brand’s Soul

October 21 @ 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 Ford Wiles, Chief Creative Officer of BIG Communications, and James Williams, Creative Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Ford and James will take you through the creative process of shaping the future legacy of a brand.

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