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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!

BMA Speaks: Samurai

BMA Speaks: Samurai

August 8, 2014

Join us for a very special BMA Speaks in the spirit of Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.
In the death poem, or jisei, one’s reflection on death (one’s own usually, but also death in general) in the final moments of life could be especially meaningful, as it also constituted important observations about life. The poem was considered a gift to one’s loved ones, students, and friends. The tradition began with Zen monks, but was also popular among poets, whose poems were often just as solemn as those of monks, or could be entirely flippant and humorous.
All forms of poetry are welcome! If you are interested in performing, please contact Assistant Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org.

Japanese Film Festival: 47 Ronin

Japanese Film Festival: 47 Ronin

August 8, 2014

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 8 // 6:30PM // 47 Ronin (1994), Kon Ichikawa, 129 minutes

47 Ronin (original title: Shijūshichinin no shikaku) is a 1994 Japanese film, directed by Kon Ichikawa. The film is another version of the Chūshingura, the story of the revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin of Ako against Lord Kira. Directed by famed director Kon Ichikawa. Winner of the Tokyo International Film Festival Award, 1994.

*Oscar’s Café will offer a cash bar and snacks on Friday night of the film festival.
** Lethal Beauty will remain open until 9PM Friday night. Last entry is at 8PM. Exhibition tickets are required for entry into the exhibition; member tickets are always FREE.

Japanese Film Festival: Harakiri

Japanese Film Festival: Harakiri

August 7, 2014

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 7 // 7PM // Harakiri (1962), Masaki Kobayashi, 133 minutes
Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

August 7, 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

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

August 7, 2014

Free with admission (FREE for BMA members, $10 for non-members) // No reservations required

Discover the artistry of samurai arms and armor through a guided tour of Lethal Beauty. Stay after the public tour for our First Thursday event!

Art & Conversation

August 7, 2014

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers A New Gift Revealed Museum Director Gail Andrews unveils an exciting gift to the BMA folk art collection consisting of over 400 objects by artists working across the South in the 20th century. It

ArtBreak: Different Tools, Same Art

ArtBreak: Different Tools, Same Art

August 5, 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 presented by master engraver Bob Rosser, who will lead a discussion on August’s Spotlight on the Collection piece Hot Water Urn, which is part of the Hester Bateman exhibition. Bob will tell us more about the piece, how it was made, and how the process has changed and remained the same over the centuries.

Slow Art Sunday: Portrait of Hugo Reisinger

August 3, 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 Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Anders Zorn’s piece Portrait of Hugo Reisinger.

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

August 3, 2014

Free with admission (FREE for BMA members, $10 for non-members) // No reservations required

Discover the artistry of samurai arms and armor through a guided tour of Lethal Beauty.

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

August 2, 2014

This series is FULL and registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

August 2, 2014

This series is FULL and registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

ArtBreak: Swords of the Samurai

ArtBreak: Swords of the Samurai

July 29, 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 Japanese sword specialist Ray Deadman. Ray will lead a tour of the swords in our exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.

To attend this ArtBreak, you must purchase a ticket to Lethal Beauty. Tickets to the exhibition are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members.

Slow Art Sunday: Imari Charger

July 27, 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, we will take a close look at the Japanese piece Imari Charger.

Art & Meditation

Art & Meditation

July 26, 2014

This series is FULL and registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

ArtBreak: Georgia On My Mind

ArtBreak: Georgia On My Mind

July 22, 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 Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. Dr. Boettcher will discuss the artistic relationship between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz’s niece, Georgia Engelhard, nicknamed “Georgia minor” by the Stieglitz family. A formidable artist in her own right, Engelhard was given an exhibition by her famous uncle at the age of 10, and became a friend and protégée of Stieglitz’s wife, Georgia O’Keeffe.