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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!

Summer Solstice Concert

June 22, 2014

Inspired by the Museum’s English Gallery, the Red Mountain Chamber Players’ annual concert is themed English Tea Time. The music will reflect the elegance and sophistication surrounding afternoon tea in eighteenth-century England.

A tour of the Museum’s English gallery and our recent acquisition Chatsworth House, by Peter Tillemans, will precede the concert.

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

June 22, 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 Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Pieter Tillemans’ Chatsworth House.

ArtBreak: Mystery at the Museum

ArtBreak: Mystery at the Museum

June 17, 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 Assistant Curator of Education for Visitor Engagement Kristi McMillan, who will lead a discussion on Mystery at the Museum. Learn all about our mystery object on view at the Museum now!

Slow Art Sunday: Horse

Slow Art Sunday: Horse

June 15, 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 our Chinese piece, Horse.

Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

June 14, 2014

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, 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.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, June 9.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2643.

Program sponsored by the Eyesight Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Seryn / Art On The Rocks / June 13, 2014

Art On The Rocks! – Seryn

June 13, 2014

Sample brews by Back Forty Beer Co., secure eternal good luck by folding one of a thousand paper cranes for a collaborative installation, or enjoy everything else we have planned:

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Art & Conversation

June 12, 2014

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers THE VALUE OF ART What makes fine art fine? What happens when a Rembrandt is de-attributed by a group of Rembrandt scholars? How much is a masterpiece by Rauschenberg worth that cannot be bought

ArtBreak: Highlights of the Museum

June 10, 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 docent Joyce Benington, who will lead a discussion on Joan Mitchell: Fields and Flowers, Storms and Sunsets.

Slow Art Sunday: View of the Grand Canal, Venice

Slow Art Sunday: View of the Grand Canal, Venice

June 8, 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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Canaletto’s View of the Grand Canal, Venice.

Family Tour: Africa!

Family Tour: Africa!

June 7, 2014

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Travel across the globe to Africa!

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

June 5, 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

Somnus, about 1774. Wedgwood (est. 1759), Staffordshire, England. Stoneware (black basalt). 11 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 14 inches. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc., at the Birmingham Museum of Art; The Buten Wedgwood Collection, gift through the Wedgwood Society of New York, 300.2008.

ArtBreak: Somnus

June 3, 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 senior docent Laura Wallace on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, the Wedgwood sculpture Somnus.

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

June 1, 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 Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on our collection’s samurai armor, in preparation for our summertime exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor (opening June 28).