Past Exhibitions

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Lethal Beauty

June 28, 2014 - September 21, 2014

The samurai are universally recognized warriors. Tales of their heroics have fascinated people since the 12th century. Bushido (The Way of the Samurai) is the code of chivalry by which they lived, and encompasses not only mastery of the martial

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish: Closing Day! // See the Delacroix exhibition before it closes on Sunday, May 18, at 4PM! This is the first Delacroix exhibit in over a decade in the U.S., and the BMA is only 1 of 2 museums to host it. Don't miss out!

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

February 22, 2014 - May 18, 2014

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to host the first Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) exhibition in the United States in more than a decade. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish arrives in February and features the dramatic work of the leader of

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Question Bridge: Black Males

October 06, 2013 - December 29, 2013

Hank Willis Thomas, Chris Johnson, Bayete Ross Smith, Kamal Sinclair Question Bridge is trans-media art project that counters established notions of Black masculinity in the United States. The project presents nearly three hours of videotaped interviews with several dozen Black men,

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Vanguard Views

October 26, 2013 - March 23, 2014

Vanguard Views is an exhibition celebrating the innovation in visual representation in early modern art (1900-1940). The avant-garde was formed as a result of the exposure to new, modern industrialized culture. From this new perspective conditioned by new perceptions of

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Horizons

September 09, 2013 - March 23, 2014

Horizons is an outdoor installation by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir (pronounced Stay-nun Thor-orens-daughter). The exhibition comprises 12 androgynous, life-sized iron figures, eleven standing and one seated. Each sculpture is unique, and has a polished glass band inserted in its torso.

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Etched in Collective History

August 18, 2013 - November 17, 2013

Etched in Collective History presents the work of artists who interrogate, depict, and memorialize the Civil Rights Movement, telling a multi-generational story of the Civil Rights Movement. These various perspectives and works form a powerful synthesis of art, relating dynamic responses to our collective history.

Mary Parker and Caela Cowan

Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project

September 08, 2013 - December 02, 2013

Acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey presents an exhibition of portraits, which symbolically commemorates the four young girls and two boys whose lives were lost on September 15, 1963, in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. As

Theaster Gates: ‘Tis So Sweet Or I Need Sugar Lawd

April 25, 2013

Artist, activist, and urban-planner Theaster Gates performed with The Black Monks of Mississippi, an ensemble of musicians who employ a variety of musical traditions, which range from spirituals, blues, gospel and Buddhist and Zen chants. The performance connected with the

Arctic Beauty: Inuit Art from Canada

This exhibition presents 87 works of art made by the Inuit people of Canada. Formerly known as Eskimo, the Inuit are descended from cultures that have inhabited the Arctic regions of Canada, the United States, Greenland, and Russia for over

Woven Splendor

October 07, 2012 - December 30, 2012

From the arrival of Spanish settlers in the mid-1500s to their forced move to reservations in the 19th century, the Navajo people have a long history of adapting their resources and practices to changes in their environment. The practice of

The Golden Age: American Illustration from the Collection

September 16, 2012 - January 06, 2013

In conjunction with the blockbuster Norman Rockwell’s America, the Museum presents The Golden Age:  American Illustration from the Collection. Illustration experienced unprecedented popularity in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The print industry saw numerous technical developments

Intimate Interiors

August 26, 2012 - December 02, 2012

Taken from the Museum’s permanent collection, Intimate Interiors presents portraits of intimate moments and spaces including places of religious worship, bedrooms, and entertaining. It is within these spaces that we are at our most comfortable, and oftentimes most vulnerable. The works showcased

Warhol and Cars: American Icons

June 24, 2012 - September 16, 2012

Warhol and Cars: American Icons is the first exhibition to examine Andy Warhol’s enduring fascination with automotive vehicles as products of American consumer society. The exhibition features more than forty drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptural models, and related archival material spanning the

Future Perfect: The Birmingham Museum of Art at 60

May 13, 2012 - August 05, 2012

The final feather in the Museum’s 60th anniversary cap is an exhibition of more than 150 works that have been purchased or gifted in honor of our diamond anniversary. The works, spanning all collecting departments and periods, range from a

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Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

February 07, 2012 - June 10, 2012

This stunning exhibition explores the little-known subject of “lover’s eyes,” hand-painted miniatures of single human eyes set in jewelry and given as tokens of affection or remembrance. In 1785, when the Prince of Wales secretly proposed to Mrs. Maria Fitzherbert