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December 2014

Friends of American Art: Lunch and Learn: Walking Through A Winter Wonderland: Snow, Ice, and Paint

December 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please note that this is an event for members of the Friends of American Art support group. If you’re interested in joining or learning more about Friends of American Art, please contact membership@artsbma.org.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'”
–Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

Bring your scarf and sweater! In this snow- and ice-filled lecture, Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D. will discuss American artists’ warm affinity with cold winter scenery.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. Click here to see your options for our lunch menu. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, December 12.

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November 2014

Friends of American Art: Lunch and Learn: Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride: The Colonial Revival in American Art

November 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please note that this is an event for members of the Friends of American Art support group. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Friends of American Art, please contact membership@artsbma.org.

At various times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—usually coinciding with major commemorations such as the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1876 or the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in 1932—Americans have looked at back at life in early America, sparking a nostalgic revival of interest in the colonial past. Often more a product of legend and myth-making than historical fact, Graham C. Boettcher,Ph.D. will discuss how the Colonial Revival manifested itself in fascinating ways in painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. Click here to see your options for our lunch menu. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, November 5.

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October 2014

Friends of American Art and Photography Guild: Lunch and Learn: Photographic Masters of the Yosemite Valley

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please note that this is an event for members of the Friends of American Art and Photography Guild support groups. If you’re interested in joining or learning more about these groups, please contact membership@artsbma.org.

Join us for a Lunch and Learn on Photographic Masters of the Yosemite Valley, from Carleton E. Watkins to Ansel Adams on Wednesday, October 29 at noon in the Members’ Room.

California’s majestic Yosemite Valley has captivated the attention of photographers since Charles Leander Weed took the first known photographs of the Valley in 1859. Using many examples from the BMA’s own collection, Dr. Graham C. Boettcher will discuss the rich history of photography in the Yosemite Valley, an artistic tradition which continues to this day, with some surprising breaks with tradition and convention.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. Click here to see your options for our lunch menu. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, October 22.

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May 2014

Friends of American Art: Rollin’ on the River: Riverboat Commerce and Decorative Arts in the Antebellum South

May 28 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Navigable rivers played an important role in the transportation of consumer goods from the North to the Deep South prior to the Civil War, and river ports emerged as important centers of commerce and culture. Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. will look at well-appointed interiors of the period, and discuss how the riverboat trade helped shape Southern tastes.
Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, May 21.

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March 2014

Friends of American Art Trip to Dallas & Fort Worth

March 7 - March 9

This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org. Join the Friends of American Art in the Lone Star State:  Dallas & Fort Worth, March 7 –

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April 2014

Friends of American Art Lunch & Learn: How Great Thou Art: Biblical Imagery in America

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Despite the historic importance of Christianity to American culture and daily life, Christian subjects in 18th- and 19th-century American art are surprisingly few, especially considering their prevalence in the Old World. Boettcher will explore this country’s sometimes uneasy relationship with religious iconography and discuss some fascinating examples of Christian imagery from the period.

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March 2014

Friends of American Art Lunch & Learn: To Buy or Not to Buy

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Graham Boettcher will share his insights on collection American art, including predictions for emerging artists, periods, and movements, as well as advice on buying ahead of the market.

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February 2014

Friends of American Art Lunch & Learn: Mourning a la Mode: The Art of Victorian Bereavement

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this richly illustrated talk, Graham Boettcher, Phd, the William Carey Hulsey Curator of American Art, discusses Victorian era mourning customs and practices, including fashion, jewelry, and the tradition of mourning portraiture, including works by the Alabama artist Nicola Marschall.

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January 2014
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Friends of American Art Lunch and Learn

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org. Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D. will share his insights on collecting American art, including

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