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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!

Lecture: Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Issues of Religion

Lecture: Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Issues of Religion

September 16, 2015

Co-sponsored by the Friends of American Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Birmingham-Southern College
This lecture examines the significance of religious belief in the making and meaning of modern American art. Looking at American moderns ranging in stylistic diversity from Joseph Cornell and Mark Tobey to Agnes Pelton, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol, it further considers why religion was largely excluded in the history of modern American art, especially as that history was shaped in the early through mid-twentieth-century. How might the visual, material, and affective dimensions of religious belief enrich our thinking about modern American art?

Erika Doss is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary American art and cultural studies. Her most recent book is Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (University of Chicago Press, 2010). She is co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and on the editorial boards of Public Art Dialogue and Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. Her current book project is Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Religion.

ArtBreak: Remembering Crisis: Artistic Glimpses into a War-Torn Environment

September 15, 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 Graduate Intern John Agricola, who will lead a discussion on Remembering Crisis: Artistic Glimpses into a War-Torn Environment.

Slow Art Sunday: Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs)

Slow Art Sunday: Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs)

September 13, 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 Marelene Wallace will lead a discussion on Charles Courtney Curran’s Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs).

Visually Impaired Program: Sculpture in the Garden

September 12, 2015

In this program for adults, 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.

Artworks in the BMA’s Ireland Sculpture Garden were created by many different artists and represent various genres and art movements. Explore these artworks through touch and verbal description for a very personal experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, September 7.

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

September 8, 2015

Please note that there is no ArtBreak today.

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life with Game Birds

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life with Game Birds

September 6, 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on Cornelis Mahu’s Still Life with Game Birds.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

September 3, 2015

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.

6PM: Docent-Led Tour: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College // Join us for a free tour of our summertime exhibition, featuring the large-scale, colorful murals from Talladega College’s Savery Library.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Film Screening // Against the Odds: Explore the lives of visual artists who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the twentieth century’s richest artistic moments. Archival footage, newsreels, and photographs recall the influential force of exhibitions, Harlem’s vibrancy in the Roaring Twenties, and significant personalities such as William E. Harmon, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke. Watch African-American artists triumph over formidable odds to create lasting beauty. Please join us for a Q & A after the film.

Art & Conversation: Video Art: What Is It?

September 3, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Video Art: What Is It?

Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi reviews the emergence and history of video and the artists who pioneered the development of the medium.

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: David Puxley: Wedgwood's First Studio Potter

ArtBreak: David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

September 1, 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 Micah Shea-McKibben, who will lead a discussion on David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter.

Slow Art Sunday: Ceremonial Knife (Tumi)

Slow Art Sunday: Ceremonial Knife (Tumi)

August 30, 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 Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on the Sican culture’s Ceremonial Knife (Tumi).

Lecture: Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals

Lecture: Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals

August 26, 2015

Join us for a lecture with the High Museum of Art’s Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art Stephanie Heydt, Ph.D., who will discuss the historical context and meaning found within Hale Woodruff’s murals.

Dr. Heydt joined the High Museum of Art in 2009. Before coming to the High, Stephanie was curator of collections at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida, and Research Associate in the American Art Department at the Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Heydt received her Masters of Arts in Art History from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. From 1995 until 2001 Stephanie worked in the Education and Curatorial departments at the Terra Museum of American Art (now the Terra Foundation for American Art) in Chicago. She has contributed to and authored numerous exhibition catalogues, including Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College and Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and essay contributions for collection catalogues for the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the American Art Department at the Fogg Art Museum, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Visually Impaired Program: The Language of Art

August 26, 2015

In this program for adults, 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.

Explore artworks by different artists at different times and in different places. But, they all have one thing in common: the artists deliberately created their art in such a way to get us to see what they wanted us to see, think what they wanted us to think, and feel what they wanted us to feel. Discover how the artists used the elements of art including line, color, pattern, texture, and light and shadow.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, August 21.

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.

ArtBreak: Hale Woodruff: Two Perspectives

ArtBreak: Hale Woodruff: Two Perspectives

August 25, 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 Professor Emeritus at Talladega College Arthur Bacon, Ph.D., and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries’ Tina Dunkley, who will lead a discussion on Hale Woodruff, both his life and his work.