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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: Islam: Seeing God in Text, and Text in Trade on the Silk Road

June 9, 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 Madelyn Dixon, who will lead a discussion on Seeing God in Text, and Text in Trade on the Silk Road.

Slow Art Sunday: Pig Lounging on a Chaise

Slow Art Sunday: Pig Lounging on a Chaise

June 7, 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 Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Frank Fleming’s Pig Lounging on a Chaise.

ArtBreak: Chatsworth House

ArtBreak: Chatsworth House

June 2, 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 Assistant Curator of Education Kristi McMillan, who will lead a discussion on Pieter Tillemans’ Chatsworth House.

Slow Art Sunday: Hungry Man’s Cross

Slow Art Sunday: Hungry Man’s Cross

May 31, 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 Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Lonnie Holley’s Hungry Man’s Cross.

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

May 27, 2015

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.

Join docent Mary Helen Crowe for Artists with Disabilities. Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. Yet, they all found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, May 22.

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.

No ArtBreak

May 26, 2015

There will be no ArtBreak today due to the Memorial Day holiday. Join us again for next week’s event on Tuesday, June 2.

Slow Art Sunday: The Bathers

Slow Art Sunday: The Bathers

May 24, 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 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Pater’s The Bathers.

ArtBreak: Accessibility for All at the BMA

May 19, 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 Assistant Curator of Education Kristi McMillan and Exhibition Designer Terry Beckham, who will lead a talk on Accessibility for All at the BMA. Join us for a look at how the BMA opens its building, exhibitions, and programs to all visitors through universal design and other accessibility strategies.

The Museum has partnered with Disability Rights and Resources to acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA25 is on a yearlong tour to commemorate this historic event.

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar

May 17, 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 Katia Kiss Miller will lead a discussion on the Korean piece Moon Jar (dal hang-ari).

Decoding Black Art: Hood Visualizations: David Driskell’s “Ghetto Wall #1”

Decoding Black Art: Hood Visualizations: David Driskell’s “Ghetto Wall #1”

May 17, 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 Hood Visualizations: David Driskell’s “Ghetto Wall #1”.

Divine Music Indian Concert

Divine Music Indian Concert

May 15, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Indian Cultural Society (ICS) present a concert of Divine Music with artists Pt. Bhimanna Yadav (Sundari), Pt. Subhen Chatterjee (Tabla), and Pt. Indradeep Ghosh (Violin). They have enthralled audiences wherever they have performed in India and abroad. Join us for this rare and culturally unique experience.

ArtBreak: Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

May 12, 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 Associate Professor of Art History at UAB Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., who will lead a talk on Decoding a Hindu Temple: Royalty and Religion in the Iconographic Program of the Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal.

Romanticism in the Museum's Collection // After seeing the Romantic works in the Delacroix exhibition, join us for a docent-led tour of Romantic works of art in our collection. Come find your new favorite!

Slow Art Sunday: The Sorceress

May 10, 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 Georges Merle’s The Sorceress.

Public Tour: Artists with Disabilities

May 9, 2015

In conjunction with International Museum Day on May 18, the Museum has partnered with Disability Rights and Resources to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Join us for a special public tour with docent Judy Cook as we explore Artists with Disabilities.

Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. On the tour, learn how the artists found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

May 9, 2015

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.

Join master docent Judy Cook for Artists with Disabilities. Dale Chihuly, Claude Monet, and Josiah Wedgwood all had different, potentially career-ending disabilities. Yet, they all found ways to overcome their disabilities and become masters of their art form.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, May 4.

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.