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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!

ArtBreak: So Now I’m Lookin’ Dead At You, What Are You Gonna Do?: Mickalene Thomas and the Black Female Gaze

ArtBreak: So Now I’m Lookin’ Dead At You, What Are You Gonna Do?: Mickalene Thomas and the Black Female Gaze

December 16, 2014

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 the BMA’s Ford Fellow in residence and Ph.D. candidate Kelli Morgan. Kelli will discuss So Now I’m Lookin’ Dead At You, What Are You Gonna Do: Mickalene Thomas and the Black Female Gaze.

Slow Art Sunday: The Barricade

Slow Art Sunday: The Barricade

December 14, 2014

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 Kass Miller will lead a discussion on George Wesley Bellows’s piece The Barricade.

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ArtBreak: A Christmas in England

December 9, 2014

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 Lee Sandstead, art historian and star of Emmy-nominated Travel Channel series Art Attack.

When Lee Sandstead traveled to England for Christmas, he did not know what to expect. He knew that he would visit the museums, graves, universities, cathedrals, and other various sites to discover great and wondrous things. However, what he found was quite different. Over a period of time, Sandstead made one of the greatest discoveries of his life — the English people. Their Christmas traditions, gorgeous interiors, wonderful hospitality and civility, and — yes — their pubs made for an extraordinary way to spend the holidays.

Slow Art Sunday: Shiva and Parvati

Slow Art Sunday: Shiva and Parvati

December 7, 2014

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 the Indian piece Shiva and Parvati.

Member Shopping Day

December 6, 2014

After our successful Member Shopping Weekend last year, we are bringing it back! Member Shopping Weekend is where you’ll find the most unique gifts for the holidays, and BMA members receive special perks all weekend. Not a member? Join today and start saving!

10AM-4PM: Open to the public
20% off entire purchase in the Museum Store* – for members ONLY!
All Day: Artist-Made Gifts
The Museum Store will feature 11 artists in a one-of-a-kind trunk show!
11AM-3PM: Holiday Lunch
Oscar’s Café open with special extended hours!**
Noon: Public Talk
Museum Director Gail Andrews, Q&A with Lillis Taylor (see below)
10AM-2PM: Community Quilting
Drop-in Sessions with Magic City Spool Bus founder Lillis Taylor

Member Shopping Day

December 5, 2014

After our successful Member Shopping Weekend last year, we are bringing it back! Member Shopping Weekend is where you’ll find the most unique gifts for the holidays, and BMA members receive special perks all weekend. Not a member? Join today and start saving!

3-5PM: Public Preview
Members receive 20% off purchase.*

5-8PM: Members Only!
Live music, private reception, and 20% off purchase.

Special Perks:
Bring a friend or family member to be a “member for the night.”
All galleries will be open.
Cash bar.
Complimentary gift wrapping.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

December 4, 2014

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

Madonna and Christ Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist and Three Angels. Workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio, about 1485/1500. Tempera on panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.97.

ArtBreak: Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels

December 2, 2014

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’s Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Madonna and Christ Child with Infant St. John the Baptist and Three Angels, from the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio.

World AIDS Day Film Screening

World AIDS Day Film Screening

December 1, 2014

The Museum is partnering with AIDS Alabama for World AIDS Day!

Join us for a World AIDS Day screening of award winning film deepsouth, a documentary focusing on HIV/AIDS in the South that features AIDS Alabama’s CEO, Kathie Heirs. Winner of SHOUT! LGBT BEST DOCUMENTARY and UAB KORONISFEST PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD at Sidewalk Film Festival.

Slow Art Sunday: Girl Bathing, Looking At Her Reflection In The Water

Slow Art Sunday: Girl Bathing, Looking At Her Reflection In The Water

November 30, 2014

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 Max Klinger’s piece Girl Bathing, Looking at her Reflection in the Water.

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ArtBreak: Simplicity and Symbolism: Lotus Blossoms

November 25, 2014

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 photographer Bahman Farzad, who will describe his work photographing lotus blossoms and their symbolism in Asian culture.

Slow Art Sunday: Horizontal Rectangle

Slow Art Sunday: Horizontal Rectangle

November 23, 2014

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 Ida Kohlmeyer’s piece Horizontal Rectangle.

Vajradhara, 18th/19th century. Nepal. Gilt copper alloy. Private Collection, New York, EX3.2013.11.

Moving Meditation

November 22, 2014

Join teachers from Villager Yoga to explore BMA from a different perspective. Exhibit your strength and balance of mind and body in traditional yoga poses linked in nurturing, flowing sequences. Our moving meditation will help usher in powerful energy throughout the entire body and soul, followed by a deep sense of calm, relaxation, and stillness. For beginners to intermediate, the class has a moderate pace.

ArtBreak: Mother and Child: Contemporary Sculpture in the Red Mountain Garden

ArtBreak: Mother and Child: Contemporary Sculpture in the Red Mountain Garden

November 18, 2014

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 Birmingham artist Brad Morton, who will discuss his work and methodology. After the talk, join us in the Red Mountain Sculpture Garden to see the art and enjoy the lovely fall weather.