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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!

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 and Demonstration: The Way of the BowEdwin Symmes, Renshi Godan of Kyudo, will hold a public talk and demonstration 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. In the demonstration, 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

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: Tea Ceremony Demonstration

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, demonstrating a traditional tea ceremony. Explore 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.

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.

 

Art On The Rocks! – Matrimony

Presented by Dale’s

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Featured Events

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor After Hours

7-10PM // Jemison Galleries
Celebrate Japanese culture with the Museum as we welcome our newest exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. Art On The Rocks is the perfect time to see Lethal Beauty, where you can visit the exhibition through the night for free (included with Art On The Rocks admission).

Live Music: Matrimony

10PM // Upper Terrace
This Charlotte, North Carolina-based band was recently named one of Rolling Stone‘s top 10 new artists you need to know.  Comprised of husband and wife duo Jimmy Brown and Ashlee Hardee Brown, along with her brothers Jordan and C.J., this harmonizing family band has a sound that is born of true love and a shared lifetime.

Hipster Haiku

ALL NIGHT // Bohorfoush Gallery
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Type your own haiku on one of our vintage typewriters, and share it using #BMASamurai!

Light Painting Photo Booth

ALL NIGHT
The Light Paint Photo Booth is an incredible new spin on the classic photo booth. Guests are guided into a pitch black enclosure by an attendant who explains the unique light painting process. The photo countdown begins and guests pose for the camera’s flash to go off. Right after the flash, the shutter on the camera remains open for an additional 15 seconds while the guests move around with LED and glow props creating colored light trails.

Seasick Records

ALL NIGHT // Oscar’s Café
Seasick Records, located in Avondale, houses a variety of indie/alternative, punk, hardcore, and classic rock vinyl, CDs, and cassettes. Complete with a music savvy staff devoted to introducing the newest and the best releases, Seasick has a bright future ahead in the Magic City.

Pastry Art Edible Installation

ALL NIGHT // Oscar’s Café
A passion for art and baking has carried Carol Gregg on a fifteen-year culinary odyssey that led from a hobby to a profession. Carol, along with her husband, Dennis, opened Pastry Art Bake Shoppe in Homewood, Alabama where her award-winning “scratch” cake creations are featured. The Greggs’ founding principle of freshness, quality, and friendliness is evident any day you visit one of their cozy little bakeries. See their work of art, inspired by a piece in our collection, made out of delicious baby bites!

Bromberg’s Giveaways

ALL NIGHT // 8th Avenue Lobby
When visiting the various activities around the museum, keep a look out for a volunteer with yellow “Enter to WIN” slips. Fill it out, take it to the Bromberg’s table in the 8th Avenue Lobby, and be entered to win a beautiful piece of Bromberg’s jewelry!

ArtBreak: Lethal Beauty

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 Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D. Join us for a tour of the exhibition Lethal Beauty. Please note that you must purchase a ticket for this ArtBreak. Tickets to Lethal Beauty are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members.