On July 12, 2012, members of the European Art Society were treated to an after-hours tour of the grand finale to the Museum’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Future Perfect: The Birmingham Museum of Art at 60. Deputy Director and Chief Curator Jeannine O’Grody revealed a few of the stories behind the 150 gifts in the exhibition, and shared curatorial plans to build a collection of surpassing quality for the future.
European Art Society Lunch and Learn
The Samuel H. Kress Lasting Legacy and the Birmingham Museum of Art
With Dario Zorza, student of Art History and History of Collecting, University of Padua; BMA intern
Friday, February 24, 2012
Sixty years after the inception of the BMA, we uncover the fascinating story that led to the Museum’s first large gift.
Gallery Tour with curators Jeannine O'Grody and Anne Forschler
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
European Art Society members were cordially invited to a private tour of our newly refurbished and expanded 18th-century European Galleries with curators Jeannine O'Grody and Anne Forschler.
Annual EAS Dinner
April 14, 2011
On Thursday, April 14, the European Art Society held its 8th Annual Dinner. Every two years members vote to spend the group’s accumulated dues on a work of art for the permanent collection. This year’s rousing vote was more competitive than ever before. In the end, a 17th century Dutch landscape by Allaert van Everdingen was chosen for purchase. A Mountainous River Landscape with Travelers, dating to the 1660s, is the Museum's first "traditional" Dutch landscape. Thanks to the generosity of loyal EAS member Patty McDonald, one of the other works under consideration was also able to stay at the Museum: an exceptional portrait of Hyacinthe Rigaud, engraved by Pierre Drevet in 1741.
Lunch and Learn
February 23, 2011
UAB Curatorial Fellow Nicole Jordan and Chief Curator and Curator of European Art Jeannine O'Grody discussed the Museum's Fall 2011 exhibition, Daumier: Art for the Masses, which will feature 150 prints from this master of 19th century art.
Trip to Spain's Basque Country and Madrid
September 21-29, 2010
In September 2010, European Art Society and upper level members joined Gail Andrews and Jeannine O’Grody on an eight-day trip to Spain. With stops in Bilbao, Segovia, Madrid, and Toledo, the group visited outstanding private collections including that of BBVA-Compass Bank; artists’ studios; and museums such as the Guggenheim Bilbao, Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia. During the evenings, discussions of the day’s highlights occurred while sampling tapas and txaktoli (a white wine from the Basque region). The travelers were obliged to spend an extra day in Madrid when a country-wide strike delayed their return to the U.S.!
A Celebration of Acquisitions: the Seventh Annual Dinner
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
European Art Society members enjoyed cocktails, a tour of the galleries by Chief Curator and Curator of European Art Jeannine O'Grody, and dinner with fellow EAS members.
Visit to frame maker Jose Manuel Garcia’s studio
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Did you catch the recent feature on José Manuel Garcia in the Black & White? We now have a master frame maker and conservator living in Birmingham. Spaniard Garcia moved from Madrid last year but continues to hand carve frames for museums such as the Prado, as well as private clients worldwide. Members of the European Art Society had the opportunity to visit his studio with curator Jeannine O’Grody and learned about the art of the frame.
Print connoisseurship with Armin Kunz, Director of C.G. Boerner in New York
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
European Art Society members enjoyed the rare opportunity to view 16th-19th century European prints “up close and personal” with no frames between them and the paper. Members learned how to spot a high quality print from one of the best eyes in the business.