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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!

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.

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: Swords of the Samurai

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 Japanese sword specialist Ray Deadman. Ray will lead a tour of the swords in our exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.

To attend this ArtBreak, you must purchase a ticket to Lethal Beauty. Tickets to the exhibition are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members. 

Slow Art Sunday: Imari Charger

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 the Japanese piece Imari Charger.

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: Georgia On My Mind

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 the BMA’s Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. Dr. Boettcher will discuss the artistic relationship between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz’s niece, Georgia Engelhard, nicknamed “Georgia minor” by the Stieglitz family.  A formidable artist in her own right, Engelhard was given an exhibition by her famous uncle at the age of 10, and became a friend and protégée of Stieglitz’s wife, Georgia O’Keeffe.

Summer Academy (Grades 6 – 12)

Space is limited! Please call 205.297.8151 to register!

For students entering grades 6 – 12

$250 Museum Members // $300 non-members

7:30AM early drop-off is available

Enhance your art practice and build your portfolio during this summer intensive—a week of professional-level art making and instruction. Students will take inspiration from African and Japanese cultures to create artworks about power, symbolism, and concepts of beauty.

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Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

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 the samurai armor in the BMA’s collection. After Slow Art Sunday, visit the exhibition Lethal Beauty and slowly look at more suits of armor on view!

ArtBreak: Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

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 the UAB/BMA Curatorial Fellow Joanna Wilson. Joanna will lead a tour of the exhibition Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise, which she helped organize. Learn all about a female entrepreneur of the 18th-century, Hester Bateman, and the silversmithing business she began.

Slow Art Sunday: Barbie

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 Grace Hartigan’s Barbie.

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.

Visually Impaired Program: Land and Water Scapes

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, July 7.

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

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

Art On The Rocks! – Kopecky Family Band

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).

Discovering Sake Short Films

Back of Contemporary Gallery
8PM // Sake: History and Culture
8:30PM // Sake Production: Sakura Masamune & Sake Production: Nechi Otokoyama
Find out how this national drink, traditionally used at celebrations, is now being enjoyed across the globe. Check out these Discovery Channel clips, which uncover the secrets of some of Japan’s most famous Sake brewers. You will learn about the rice, water, climate, and customs that make each Sake so distinctive. Also, Junior Patrons will enjoy sake cocktails from the talented mixologist Steva Casey. Become a Junior Patron for entry into the VIP tent and to receive your free sake cocktails!

Southern Femme & Saks Fifth Avenue Present A Japanese-Inspired Fashion Show

9PM // Oscar’s Café
Enjoy a Japanese fashion show inspired by Lethal Beauty. From traditional kimonos of the Geishas to today’s runway looks, these Japanese-inspired fashions are sure to transport you far from Birmingham!  The show, produced by Southern Femme, will be accompanied by traditional Japanese musicians and DJ Coco.

Live Music: The Kopecky Family Band

10PM // Upper Terrace
The Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. Their musical canvas is covered with broad brushstrokes, including clanging tambourines and guitars, booming percussion, intelligent string instruments, and triumphant horns. These six bandmates swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous, and energetic environment onstage.

DJ Coco

ALL NIGHT // Oscar’s Café
DJ Coco has been moving dance floors all over the world for well over a decade. Having played in some of the hippest bars and clubs, from London to Miami and Barcelona to Ibiza, DJ Coco has been a regular fixture at many of the Southeast’s largest events. This summer, he is celebrating the Art On The Rocks with a mix of Japanese pop culture music, setting the scene perfectly for all of our themed events.

Junior Patrons VIP Tent

ALL NIGHT // Upper Plaza of Sculpture Garden
Junior Patron members can be found in a prime location, in a VIP tent right next to the band! Become a Junior Patron member to enjoy food and drinks, including Back Forty Beer Company’s exclusive beer, made just for Art On The Rocks! The special beer, Fuzzy Belly, is a blend of Frecklebelly IPA and the current seasonal, Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat.

The Art of Sake Cocktails

8-10 PM // JP VIP TENT // Upper Plaza of Sculpture Garden
Demonstrations at 8:30 and 9:30PM
Mixologist Steva Casey takes you behind the bar and gives you an insider’s look into how sake can add depth and body to your cocktails. Learn about the varieties of sake that exist and how they can fit into any mixologists’ cocktail making repertoire. Under Steva’s guidance, guests will enjoy two exclusive sake cocktails and a recipe to try it at home!

Continue the Collaboration with Magic Chromacity

ALL NIGHT // Bohorfoush Gallery
Be a part of Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder’s upcoming Chromacity project, which will debut at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and the Alys Stephens Center this summer.

Yellowhammer Creative Prints In Action!

ALL NIGHT // Upper Plaza of Sculpture Garden // Prints for sale ($10)
Born out of Birmingham, Yellowhammer Creative specializes in custom design and fabrication. As artists and designers, they are always looking for a good challenge and new ways to express their craft. Yellowhammer Creative will be creating screen-prints, available for sale, throughout the evening.

Samurai Photo Booth

ALL NIGHT // Jemison Galleries
After you visit our summertime exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, jump into our samurai armor photo booth and share your photos with #BMASamurai!

Photo Booth By The Simple Booth

ALL NIGHT // 8th Avenue Lobby
More details to come!

Edible Installation By The Baking Bandits

ALL NIGHT // Oscar’s Café
The Bandits strike again!  This local pop-up bakery is building an edible work of art inspired by a piece from our American Gallery. Can you guess which one? Admire the Bandits’ incredible artistic talents and savor the delicious treats that have made them so well known (and well loved!) in Birmingham.

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!

HOW TO WIN:

Visit performances and activities throughout the entire museum and snap a photo to share on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using both #ArtOnTheRocks and #Brombergs.

The more performances and art activities you visit, the more photos you can share, and the more chances you have to win a piece of beautiful Bromberg’s jewelry!
Winners will be chosen based on creativity of photos.

Volunteer

  • Attend the event for free
  • Enjoy one drink ticket
  • Park for free in the Museum lot

Apply to Volunteer

ArtBreak: Out of Africa and into the Realm of Design

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 the BMA’s Exhibition Designer Terry Beckham. Terry will discuss the design behind our new African Gallery, including the layout, color choices, and more.

Slow Art Sunday: Quilted Vessel

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 our exhibition by Tuscaloosa-based sculptor Craig Wedderspoon, Quilted Vessel.