Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

FEBRUARY 27TH AND 28TH, 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Kathy Butterly, ceramic artist
Dr. Glen R. Brown, Professor of Ceramics and Art History, Kansas State University

Other speakers include:

Dr. Donald Wood, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, BMA
Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, BMA

Save the date! Further information and a call for papers coming soon!

For immediate questions, please contact Dr. Anne Forschler at aforschler@artsbma.org or Dr. Emily Hanna at ehanna@artsbma.org.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each
month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each
month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

A CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION

Although the job of a Museum Conservator involves monitoring the collection, good handling and housekeeping methods, and research, there are times when intervention and treatment of an object is necessary. In this overview Conservator Margaret Burnham provides insight into the care and treatment of our collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

ArtBreak: Lit(art)ure 101

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is presented by Volunteer Services Manager Lindsey Hammel, who will lead a discussion on art that is inspired by literature in the Museum’s collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Building the Schooner, Provincetown

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Childe Hassam’s piece Building the Schooner, Provincetown.

ArtBreak: La Dolce Vita: 19th-Century Artists in Italy

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by UAB adjunct art and art history professor Alice Jackson. Alice will discuss artists in the BMA collection who were inspired by Italy in the 19th century.

Slow Art Sunday: It’s The Real Thing

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Hank Willis Thomas’s piece It’s the Real Thing.

ART PAPERS Live

Slavs and Tatars joins ART PAPERS and the BMA to explore the potential of language-and particularly, of transliteration, or the conversion of scripts-as a strategy of both resistance and research into notions of identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

Long-Legged Linguistics is one in a series of lecture-performances in the collective’s latest cycle of work, which examines the ever-changing and always powerful alphabets of Eurasia—where Arabic accompanied the rise of Islam, Latin that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic that of the Orthodox Church and, later, communism. Long-Legged Linguistics attempts not to emancipate particular peoples of notions, but rather the sounds rolling off our collective tongues, in any region of the world.

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. They have exhibited in major institutions across the Middle East, Europe and North America, including the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, 10th Sharjah, 8th Berlin, 3rd Thessaloniki, and 9th Gwangju Biennials.

Slavs and Tatars’ sculpture Rahlé for Richard (2013) will be on view in the BMA’s Contemporary Galleries from September 2014.

BMACC Presents A Night At The Museum

Members of the BMA College Collective (BMACC) come from surrounding colleges and represent a variety of disciplines. This diversity enables BMACC to draw from the students’ wide range of interests and create events that reflect Birmingham’s college arts community.

Undergraduate students, recent graduates, graduate students, and those in between are welcome to attend a special night at the Museum (with a recent college I.D). Enjoy a great line up of events, including:

  • Live music by Younger Siblings
  • Free food
  • Reduced admission to Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor ($5)
  • Samurai photo op
  • Scavenger hunts with prizes
  • Guided tours of the Museum
  • Art activity: Post an illustration of your favorite proverb on Instagram

 

ArtBreak: A Dream of Italy

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by BMA Carruthers Intern Katherine Ladd. Katherine will lead a discussion on Robert S. Duncanson’s A Dream of Italy.

The descendant of former slaves from Virginia, Robert S. Duncanson was born in Fayette, New York. In 1828, the family moved to Monroe, Michigan, where Robert, along with his brothers, were apprenticed in the family business of housepainting, decorating, and carpentry. Around 1840, Duncanson relocated to Cincinnati to pursue a career as an artist. At that time, Cincinnati–known as the “Athens of the West”–offered a vibrant cultural environment, as well as one of largest communities of “free colored persons” in the country. It was also home to an active community of white abolitionists, many of whom would become Duncanson’s patrons. Learn more about Duncanson’s life and his art during this 30-minute talk!

Slow Art Sunday: Seven Virtues and Seven Liberal Arts

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, docent Katia Kiss Miller will lead a discussion on Francesco Pesellino’s piece Seven Virtues and Seven Liberal Arts.