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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 On The Rocks

Art On The Rocks

August 14, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.

The 2015 Art On The Rocks events will take place on June 12, July 10, and August 14.

For a limited time only, BMA Members will receive 60% off a regular admission ticket now through May 31. Members, buy your tickets now to take advantage of this special rate. On June 1, the member discount returns to 40% off for the remainder of the Art On The Rocks season. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Not a member? Join today and start saving! Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.

August 14: Clear Plastic Masks

Formed in New York City in 2011, Clear Plastic Masks quite literally have honed a world of influence into sharp, tight, nostalgic rock n’ roll that is at once bone-deep familiar and not like anything else you’ve heard. The story starts where every good story does, in a dive bar where lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born and raised on theatre in Detroit, met Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia. Despite upbringings half a world apart, the two forged a fast friendship centered on a collective love of music. Soon enough, toiling around Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, they met guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne. What began as simply four unlikely friends hanging out trying to make their way in one of the toughest cities on earth eventually evolved into an informal jam session where, without planning, they discovered a surprising sound.

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Check back soon for more details about August’s schedule of events and special guests!

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 On The Rocks

Art On The Rocks

July 10, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.

The 2015 Art On The Rocks events will take place on June 12, July 10, and August 14.

For a limited time only, BMA Members will receive 60% off a regular admission ticket now through May 31. Members, buy your tickets now to take advantage of this special rate. On June 1, the member discount returns to 40% off for the remainder of the Art On The Rocks season. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Not a member? Join today and start saving! Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership.

July 10: Shadowboxers
The Shadowboxers have a passion for captivating lyrics, tight harmonies, and soulful vocals. Founding members Scott Schwartz, Matt Lipkins, and Adam Hoffman experienced an almost-instantaneous musical compatibility when they first started writing together. They’ve forged a cohesive sound based on a shared reverence for the strong, taut harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel, D’Angelo, and The Beatles. This young band’s unified sound has an R&B-soaked, smart perspective replete with an abundance of vocal talent and songwriting skill. In the short time they’ve been playing together, The Shadowboxers have found a collective voice that is intelligent, soulful, and catchy.

Buy tickets for July’s event now.

Check back soon for more details about July’s schedule of events and special guests!

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.

ArtBreak: Madame DuBarry Playing the People

June 30, 2015

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 Education Intern Perry McKee, who will lead a discussion on Madame DuBarry Playing the People.

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.

Summer Solstice Concert & Artist Tour

Summer Solstice Concert & Artist Tour

June 28, 2015

2pm: Gallery talk with artist Frank Fleming
3pm: Red Mountain Chamber Players Summer Solstice Concert
Pairing with the Museum’s installation of Frank Fleming’s imaginative works in Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming, the Red Mountain Chamber Players will present a concert of music that reflects the mythological and whimsical nature of the exhibition. See the exhibition before the concert on a tour with the artist, then enjoy the concert, conducted by Yurii Henriques.

Visually Impaired Program: Exploring Recent Ceramics Acquisitions

Visually Impaired Program: Exploring Recent Ceramics Acquisitions

June 24, 2015

In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Join master docent Julia Stork for Exploring Recent Ceramics Acquisitions. New acquisitions from different times and different places will give opportunity to explore differences and similarities in their function, form/shape, finish, surface decoration, etc.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, June 19.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

ArtBreak: The Leisures of Summer

June 23, 2015

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 Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UAB Alice Ottewill, who will lead a discussion on The Leisures of Summer.

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.

ArtBreak: Judith? By Whom? Decoding an Early Modern Painting

June 16, 2015

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/UAB Curatorial Fellow Ruoxin Wang, who will lead a discussion on Judith? By Whom? Decoding an Early Modern Painting.

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.