VIP

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!

Visually Impaired Program: Bridges Between the Earthly and Spiritual Realms

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, September 8.

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.

ArtBreak: The Art of Japanese Sumi-e in Action

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 Artist-in-Residence and Sumi-e master Toby Richards. Toby will lead a demonstration of the art of Japanese sumi-e. Attendees will be invited to participate in this interactive art demonstration.

Slow Art Sunday: Enthroned Madonna and Christ Child with Angels and Saints

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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the Stratonice Master piece Enthroned Madonna and Christ Child with Angels and Saints.

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

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.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

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.

Join us for the final after-hours event to see Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor!

5-9PM // Open galleries

5-9PM // Tapas and cocktails 

5:30-7:30PM // Drop-in Suminagashi & Sakura with Toby Richards, Artist-in-Residence: Try your hand at Suminagashi, a Japanese process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful.
Or create sakura (cherry blossom) blow painting using no brushes! Widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry, and art, sakura carries layered meanings. Because they bloom briefly, the blossoms are often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. In the 19th century, audiences in the U.S. and around the world embraced sakura as a particularly Japanese cultural hallmark.
Make one or both at this drop-in session!

6-8PM // Blacksmithing Demonstration: Long time Alabama Forge Council member Lyle Wynn will create small, forged items in an outdoor demonstration. Wynn is the resident blacksmith at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland, MS. He teaches beginner to advanced students all manner of blacksmithing skills. As a professional showing artist he travels to shows around Mississippi and the Southeast. He has been an invited, featured demonstrator at many blacksmithing conferences around the country and has assisted well known blacksmith Brian Brazael.

6PM // Public Talk: The Way of the BowEdwin Symmes, Renshi Godan of Kyudo, will hold a public talk on The Way of the Bow (Kyu ba no michi). In ancient times, the Japanese warriors were referred to as “kyu ba no michi” (the way of the bow and horse). Even though it is the sword that has become synonymous with the samurai, it is actually the bow and the arrow that were their first weapons of lethal beauty. Symmes sensei will discuss both the beauty and deadliness of the Japanese bow and arrows. He will show how to shoot the asymmetrical bow, explain how the glove is used to facilitate shooting, and describe the arrows.

7PM // Film Screening: Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003), 111 minutes, Quentin Tarantino

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

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

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN: THE MAKING OF BIRMINGHAM’S AMERICAN COLLECTION

Have you ever wondered how museums build and refine their permanent collections? In this candid talk Curator Graham Boettcher discusses the strengths of our collection, recent acquisitions, and his plans for the future of the Museum’s American Galleries.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

ArtBreak: Spotlight on the Collection: It’s the Real Thing

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 Trustee Jack Drake, who will lead a discussion on September’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Smokin’ Joe Ain’t J’mama by Hank Willis Thomas.

Slow Art Sunday: Three for Five

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 John George Brown’s piece Three for Five.

Art & Meditation

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

Six Saturdays, July 26-August 30 

 

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and became very popular among the samurai. During the twelfth century, the samurai embraced Zen Buddhism and subsequently discovered the benefits of meditation, giving the samurai warrior the mental edge that his enemies found extremely challenging.

Meditation instructors from the Shambhala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions.

Click here to register! Call 205.254.2571 for assistance and questions.

 

ArtBreak: Objectives of the Tea Ceremony

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 Urasenke Birmingham who will lead a talk about the ancient traditions and significance of the tea ceremony in Japanese culture.

Slow Art Sunday: Sun Mountain

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 Helen Frankenthaler’s piece Sun Mountain.

Art & Meditation

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

Six Saturdays, July 26-August 30 

 

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and became very popular among the samurai. During the twelfth century, the samurai embraced Zen Buddhism and subsequently discovered the benefits of meditation, giving the samurai warrior the mental edge that his enemies found extremely challenging.

Meditation instructors from the Shambhala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions.

Click here to register! Call 205.254.2571 for assistance and questions.

 

ArtBreak: The Making of an Exhibition: Behind the Scenes from a Collector’s Perspective

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 Docent, Trustee, and Collector Nan Skier. Learn about the process of creating an exhibition at the BMA, as Nan did when making the exhibition Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection. Hear about her process of collecting, working with the BMA, and now sending the exhibition across the country.

Slow Art Sunday: Hot Water Urn

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 Hester Bateman’s piece Hot Water Urn.