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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 2014

Slow Art Sunday: Three for Five

August 31 @ 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 John George Brown’s piece Three for Five.

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September 2014

ArtBreak: Spotlight on the Collection: It’s the Real Thing

September 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 Trustee Jack Drake, who will lead a discussion on September’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Smokin’ Joe Ain’t J’mama by Hank Willis Thomas.

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$10/$15

Art & Conversation

September 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN: THE MAKING OF BIRMINGHAM’S AMERICAN COLLECTION Have you ever wondered how museums build and refine their permanent collections? In this candid talk Curator Graham Boettcher discusses the strengths of our…

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Free

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

September 4 @ 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…

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Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

September 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free with admission (FREE for BMA members, $10 for non-members) // No reservations required Discover the artistry of samurai arms and armor through a guided tour of Lethal Beauty.

Stay after the public tour for our First Thursday event!

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Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

September 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free with admission (FREE for BMA members, $10 for non-members) // No reservations required

Discover the artistry of samurai arms and armor through a guided tour of Lethal Beauty.

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Slow Art Sunday: Enthroned Madonna and Christ Child with Angels and Saints

September 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the Stratonice Master piece Enthroned Madonna and Christ Child with Angels and Saints.

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ArtBreak: The Art of Japanese Sumi-e in Action

September 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 BMA Artist-in-Residence and Sumi-e master Toby Richards. Toby will lead a demonstration of the art of Japanese sumi-e. Attendees will be invited to participate in this interactive art demonstration.

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Visually Impaired Program: Bridges Between the Earthly and Spiritual Realms

September 13 @ 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, September 8.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2643.

Program sponsored by the Eyesight Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

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Slow Art Sunday: Seven Virtues and Seven Liberal Arts

September 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, we will take a close look at Francesco Pesellino’s piece Seven Virtues and Seven Liberal Arts.

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ArtBreak: A Dream of Italy

September 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 BMA Carruthers Intern Katherine Ladd. Katherine will lead a discussion on Robert S. Duncanson’s A Dream of Italy.

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Free

BMACC Presents A Night At The Museum

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Undergraduate students, recent graduates, graduate students, and those in between are welcome to attend a special night at the Museum (with a recent college I.D).

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Free

ART PAPERS Live

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Slavs and Tatars joins ART PAPERS and the BMA to explore the potential of language-and particularly, of transliteration, or the conversion of scripts-as a strategy of both resistance and research into notions of identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

Long-Legged Linguistics is one in a series of lecture-performances in the collective’s latest cycle of work, which examines the ever-changing and always powerful alphabets of Eurasia—where Arabic accompanied the rise of Islam, Latin that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic that of the Orthodox Church and, later, communism. Long-Legged Linguistics attempts not to emancipate particular peoples of notions, but rather the sounds rolling off our collective tongues, in any region of the world.

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Slow Art Sunday: It’s The Real Thing

September 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 Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Hank Willis Thomas’s piece Smokin’ Joe Ain’t J’mama.

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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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