Past Exhibitions

In Friendship: Gifts from David and Natalie Sperling

November 07, 2010 - January 02, 2011

In 1988, Birmingham couple David and Natalie Sperling made a gift to the Museum of a classic black and white photograph by the French master Jacques-Henri Lartigue. In 1991, the couple initiated the tradition of making gifts of art to

A Masterpiece in Our Midst: Duncanson’s A Dream of Italy

October 01, 2010 - November 21, 2010

The Birmingham Museum of Art recently announced the purchase of A Dream of Italy (1865), a major painting by Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872), one of the most significant African-American artists of the nineteenth century. This intimate exhibition will provide an in-depth examination

The Weavers of Selma

This small focused exhibition comprises 10 works by Clara Weaver Parrish, Rose Pettus Weaver, and Rosalind Tarver Lipscomb. The story of this multi-generational family of women artists began in Selma, Alabama. Most famous among the Weavers is Clara Weaver Parrish

Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan

July 31, 2010 - October 10, 2010

The kimono is iconic in Japanese fashion and for good reason. Far from being a mere robe, the kimono is a symbol of culture and fashion which represents not only times of social change, but an evolution in the self-image

Pattern, Costume, and Ornament in African and African-American Art

June 06, 2010 - September 12, 2010

Works by artists Fred Wilson, Odili Donald Odita, Jeff Donaldson, Carrie Mae Weems, and others reveal how African-American artists incorporate design and decoration into their work for a variety of reasons.  The exhibition includes photographs, works on paper, sculpture, and

Two Landscapes

June 06, 2010 - September 19, 2010

It’s amazing how artists looking at similar things come up with completely different points of view. Landscape paintings especially demonstrate this fact. Our exhibition Two Landscapes: Different Points of View takes two 18th-century landscape paintings from the permanent collection, one Japanese and

A Passion Shared: Works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

March 14, 2010 - June 06, 2010

Beginning in the 1960s, New York couple Dorothy and Herbert Vogel spent 45 years collecting contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, and works in many other media. Over that time, their collection grew to nearly 5,000 works, and reflected the Vogel’s

Amy Pleasant: Suspended

November 01, 2009 - August 31, 2010

Birmingham artist Amy Pleasant is creating a site-specific drawing installation that wraps the four walls of the Museum’s Lower Sculpture Garden. This will be the artist’s first wall drawing created without her signature figurative imagery.  The work will be a

Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret

March 25, 2009 - July 15, 2009

Mary Lucier is considered one of the pioneers of video as an art form. The artist’s 18-minute, five-channel video installation employs four video projections, two plasma screens, surround sound, and various rescued objects and artifacts to tell the story of

Body Image: American Art and the Human Form

January 13, 2009 - May 10, 2009

The human body has been an important subject for artistic expression since prehistoric times. Indeed, the most fundamental training for any artist long consisted of the study of anatomy and life drawing. While some artists depict the human form to

Folk Art Gallery

January 01, 2009 - December 31, 2009

The Museum has devoted its Arrington gallery to the exhibition of folk art.  Objects on display are from the Museum’s permanent collection, augmented by an occasional private collection loan.  The term “folk art” is used broadly to encompass work that has been variously labeled

New Hands, Native Lands: Contemporary American Indian Ceramics and Textiles

October 05, 2008 - February 08, 2009

The exhibition New Hands, Native Lands presents recent Navajo pictorial textiles and Pueblo pottery from the American Southwest as a compelling blend of tradition and innovation in both craft and design.The Pueblos are a group of 30 Native American villages,including the well-known