Past Exhibitions


Inherited Scars: A Meditation on the Southern Gothic

April 02, 2015 - August 09, 2015

You’ve come here looking for some sort of essential truth about the South or some spiritual revelation. And you’re not going to find it, unless by accident or grace. (Some) people know about it. I guess they have what Flannery

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Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

June 13, 2015 - September 06, 2015

In 1938 Atlanta-based artist Hale Woodruff was commissioned to paint a series of murals for Talladega College, Alabama, one of the first colleges established for blacks in the United States. Installed in the institution’s newly constructed Savery Library, the six


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life in Pictures

January 16, 2015 - April 19, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this selection of photos from our collection, documenting his extraordinary life and work. The Museum itself has directly benefited from

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Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming

February 27, 2015 - August 09, 2015

Between Fantasy and Reality takes a focused approach in exploring the early period of Alabama artist Frank Fleming. Fleming has been working as an artist in Alabama for over forty years and is best known for his large-scale bronze sculptures,

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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

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Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries

January 31, 2015 - April 26, 2015

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries is the first exhibition to explore this little-known field of small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age. Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the exhibition brings together


Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

June 05, 2014 - January 04, 2015

When the widowed Hester Bateman took over her husband’s silver workshop in 1761, she faced the staggering challenge of running a physically and creatively demanding business at a time when domestic service was the only female-friendly industry. Fortunately, Hester was

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


Black Like Who?

Issues regarding visual depictions of blackness in American art have been such highly scrutinized topics in both artistic production and museum exhibitions that one could ask what else is there to examine that has not already been sufficiently analyzed? Black


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,


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



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.

Craig Wedderspoon

Craig Wedderspoon

December 14, 2013 - January 18, 2015

Craig Wedderspoon is a Tuscaloosa-based sculptor who creates abstract work in both metal and wood at various scales. Wedderspoon has created a new body of sculpture specifically for the Museum’s outdoor Mezzanine Sculpture Gallery, where it will open on December


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