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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!

It's the Little Things: Small Objects with a Big Effect on Life in the Dutch Golden Age with Dolores Hydock

It’s the Little Things: Small Objects with a Big Effect on Life in the Dutch Golden Age with Dolores Hydock

February 21, 2015

You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five tiny things that were a huge part of life in seventeenth-century Holland. To complement the Small Treasures exhibition, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares stories of these miniature marvels and the role they played in a small country at the height of its power.

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Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

February 21, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

ArtBreak: Small Treasures

ArtBreak: Small Treasures

February 17, 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’s Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. Robert will lead a talk on our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. Please note that you will need a ticket to enter the exhibition; tickets are FREE for BMA members and $12 for non-members.

Decoding Black Art: Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards

Decoding Black Art: Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards

February 15, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence 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.

At this month’s Decoding Black Art talk, Kelli will lead a discussion on Premonition: The Sculpture of Melvin Edwards.

Slow Art Sunday: Beer Vessel

Slow Art Sunday: Beer Vessel

February 15, 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, touring docent Katia Kass Miller will lead a discussion on the Zulu people of South Africa’s Beer Vessel.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

February 14, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

ArtBreak: The Newspaper Boy

ArtBreak: The Newspaper Boy

February 10, 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 author and senior counsel at Baker Donelson Chervis Isom, who will lead a discussion on The Newspaper Boy.

Slow Art Sunday: Late Afternoon

Slow Art Sunday: Late Afternoon

February 8, 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 Philip Guston’s Late Afternoon.

Public Tour: Small Treasures

Public Tour: Small Treasures

February 7, 2015

Enjoy our new exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries with a free docent-led tour!

Must have ticket to exhibition to join tour group; tickets are free to BMA members and $12 for non-members.

Kuna Karamu: African Culture Festival

Kuna Karamu: African Culture Festival

February 7, 2015

Celebrate the arts and cultures of Africa with us! Go on an adventure in our African Galleries with a scavenger hunt, weave your own Kente cloth, or sculpt an African pot! Enjoy authentic African food, music, and fashion, and cap off the fun with a family-friendly film!

First Thursday: After Hours at the BMA

First Thursday: After Hours at the BMA

February 5, 2015

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.

5:30PM: The March Quilts // Drop-in community quilting session.
6PM: Gallery Talk // Small Treasures with Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. (must have exhibition ticket)
6PM: Lecture // Film and Folly with Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birmingham-Southern College David Resha, Ph.D.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw: Portraits
7PM: Film Screening // Tim’s Vermeer

Art & Conversation: Small Treasures: Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, and Their Contemporaries

February 5, 2015

This BMA special exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on a fascinating area of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art: small-scale paintings. The artists in this exhibit including Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, Rubens, and Van Dyck among others, used these miracles of painting, many of which are portraits, to put a face on their culture. Curator Robert Schindler talks about this special genre and both the incredible skill and diversity of these artists.

ArtBreak: Beer Vessel

ArtBreak: Beer Vessel

February 3, 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 Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D., who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Beer Vessel by the Zulu people of South Africa.

Oscar's Brunch

Oscar’s Brunch

February 1, 2015

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries Opens

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries Opens

January 31, 2015

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries is the first exhibition to explore this little-known field of small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the exhibition brings together 40 small-scale oil paintings, most of which are no more than ten inches in height, by 28 artists who lived and worked in what is today the Netherlands and Belgium during the 17th century.

During the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish painting in the 17th century, artists demonstrated more than ever before a love for minute and precise detail by painting on a small scale. At the time, the incredible technical skills of artists were highly revered, creating a demand for small-scale portraits. These precious paintings played an important part of many artists’ practices but have historically been overlooked by scholars and museum exhibitions.

Drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States, Small Treasures features the small –scale work of the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art including Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring all of the exhibited paintings reproduced in full.