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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!

Art & Conversation: Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

October 1, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

Exhibition curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses Black Like Who?, an exhibition which considers a variety of historical and contemporary works by white and black artists, and examines how they communicate both the motives and beliefs of the artists, as well as the racial attitudes of their time.

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.

Art & Conversation: Video Art: What Is It?

September 3, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Video Art: What Is It?

Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi reviews the emergence and history of video and the artists who pioneered the development of the medium.

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.

Art & Conversation: Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

August 6, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

While focusing on our special exhibition of Hale Woodruff’s Talladega College murals, curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses how the artist combined aspects of Modernism with more traditional elements of history painting to depict the story of the Amistad captives.

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.

Art & Conversation: Old and New: Japanese Prints at the BMA

July 2, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Old and New: Japanese Prints at the BMA

Curator Don Wood discusses the remarkable Japanese print collection at the BMA, looking at very early 18th-century examples up to the most modern. Learn how it all started and how it continues to grow.

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.

Slow Art Sunday: Four Wall Panels

Slow Art Sunday: Four Wall Panels

June 28, 2015

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 Four Wall Panels, attributed to Christophe Huet.

Slow Art Sunday: Mantelpiece

Slow Art Sunday: Mantelpiece

June 21, 2015

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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on Wedgwood’s Mantelpiece.

Decoding Black Art: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

Decoding Black Art: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

June 21, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow of African American Art at the BMA, for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

This week Kelli will discuss Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College.

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

June 14, 2015

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 Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on Pieter Tillemans’ Chatsworth House.

Art & Conversation: David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

June 11, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

With its tradition of employing freelance artists at the factory, in 1964 Wedgwood invited David Puxley to become its first studio potter in residence. The BMA houses the largest collection of Puxley’s work in the world. Curator Anne Forschler-Tarrasch talks about David Puxley’s work at the factory and the studio pottery tradition he created there.

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.

Slow Art Sunday: Pig Lounging on a Chaise

Slow Art Sunday: Pig Lounging on a Chaise

June 7, 2015

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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Frank Fleming’s Pig Lounging on a Chaise.

Slow Art Sunday: Hungry Man’s Cross

Slow Art Sunday: Hungry Man’s Cross

May 31, 2015

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 Lonnie Holley’s Hungry Man’s Cross.

Slow Art Sunday: The Bathers

Slow Art Sunday: The Bathers

May 24, 2015

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 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Pater’s The Bathers.

Image from B-Metro, Shambala Center of Birmingham

Art & Meditation

May 23, 2015

Six Saturdays, April 11–May 23 · 10am · (no class May 2)

No drop-ins; registration required for entire series

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and then became very popular around the world.

Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Register online at artsbma.org on our events calendar. If you have questions, please call our Education Department at 205.254.2571.

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar

May 17, 2015

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 the Korean piece Moon Jar (dal hang-ari).

Decoding Black Art: Hood Visualizations: David Driskell’s “Ghetto Wall #1”

Decoding Black Art: Hood Visualizations: David Driskell’s “Ghetto Wall #1”

May 17, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow of African American Art at the BMA, for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

This week Kelli will discuss Hood Visualizations: David Driskell’s “Ghetto Wall #1”.