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!

Asian Art Society: Private Tour of Lethal Beauty

Join us for a private walk through of our summer exhibition Lethal Beauty, which features Samurai weapons and armor. We will meet in front of the exhibition galleries, and we will convene after the tour to discuss the exhibition and enjoy wine and cheese.

To RSVP, please contact Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org or 205.254.2567 by Monday, June 23.

Slow Art Sunday: Somnus

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 this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Somnus.

Lethal Beauty Members Opening Lecture and Reception

Samurai web feature

Join us for an exclusive first look at our newest exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, at the Members Opening on Friday, June 27.

The evening will begin at 6 PM with a lecture given by Dr. Andreas Marks, who is the Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well as the curator of the exhibition.  Dr. Marks’ lecture, Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor, will focus on the design of suits of armor and helmet forms, especially often-found elements like demonic Chinese lions.

Please arrive early to the lecture to ensure your seat.  All seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Following the lecture, help us welcome Lethal Beauty to the Museum with an opening night preview party, hosted by the BMA Member’s Board.  From 7-9 PM, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, sake tasting, cash bar, and live music by Iron Giant Percussion and Laurie Arizumi.

Plan on attending? Please join our Facebook event and invite your friends!

Dr. Andreas Marks Bio

From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Andreas Marks was the Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in California. Before coming to the U.S., he was the Managing Director of an international exhibition and fair organizer based in Germany, with branches in California, the U.K., Australia, and China. He holds a Master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn, and a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

 

Collectors Circle Salon

This event is for members of Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

To attend this event, RSVP by June 19 to Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org.

Salons are an opportunity for members to get together in a casual setting and consider the latest happening, whether it is an acquisition by a member or the Museum, an opening, a new artist, an art magazine article, or a Collectors Circle trip. The topics are limitless and we welcome your ideas and offers to host.

In June, we will explore proposals for 2014 Collectors gift to the museum at the home of Beverly and Stanley Erdreich.

ArtBreak: In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art

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 presented by Curator of Education Samantha Kelly and Assistant Curator of Education for Family Programs Madeline Adams. Samantha and Madeline will discuss In the Round: Symbols, Scenes, and Circles in Asian Art.

Summer Solstice Concert

The Museum’s English gallery serves as inspiration for the concert which reflects the elegance and sophistication surrounding English life in the eighteenth century, at manor houses such as Chatsworth House, and at the various “Pleasure Gardens.” There were more than sixty gardens in the city of London alone and concerts were held in them most evenings in the summer. Vauxhall Gardens retained a fifty piece orchestra throughout the season and twelve thousand people came to the dress rehearsal for Handel’s “Fireworks Suite!”

Don’t forget to check out Slow Art Sunday before the concert to continue the English theme with a tour of Pieter Tillemans’ Chatsworth House.

Program

Overture in G to Henry & Emma – Thomas Arne

‘Hark tis the Linnet and the Thrush’ – Joshua G F Handel
Grace Conner – soloist

‘Lascia ch’io Pianga’ from Rinaldo –  G F Handel
Laura Thomas – soloist

Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Soloman – G F Handel

Fireworks Suite – G F Handel

Rule Britannia – Thomas Arne

Slow Art Sunday: Chatsworth House

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 Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Pieter Tillemans’ Chatsworth House.

ArtBreak: Mystery at the Museum

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 presented by Assistant Curator of Education for Visitor Engagement Kristi McMillan, who will lead a discussion on Mystery at the Museum. Learn all about our mystery object on view at the Museum now!

Slow Art Sunday: Horse

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 our Chinese piece, Horse.

Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

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, June 9.

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! – Seryn

Presented by Dale’s

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This is the first Art On The Rocks of 2014! Click here to learn more about our favorite summertime series.

Sample brews by Back Forty Beer Co., secure eternal good luck by folding one of a thousand paper cranes for a collaborative installation, or enjoy everything else we have planned:

Featured Events

What’s Old is New Again: Japanese Prints of the 20th Century

7:30PM & 8PM // Asian Galleries
Expand your knowledge and appreciation of Japanese art as the BMA’s Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood gives a talk on traditional woodblock prints from the first half of the 20th century. Two extraordinary Japanese artists, Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-195), will be discussed during this gallery talk.

The Dapper Man Pop-Up Shop, presented by Shaia’s and Southern Femme

7-10PM // Chinoiserie
Over the centuries, samurai warriors cultivated a respect for elegance and aesthetics in their suits of armor. With their flash, color, and exceptional design, these warriors were unlike any other in the world. Channel the samurai warriors’ appreciation for the finer things, and learn the art of dressing like a dapper man! Stylists from Shaia’s Menswear in Homewood and Southern Femme will share the secrets to looking your best! For even more fun, step into the “Dapper Man” photo booth for a chance to win some generous giveaways from Shaia’s!

DANCEe: Trust, Rush, Receipts

8 & 8:30PM // Contemporary Galleries
DANCEe, the modern-contemporary company, is celebrated abroad and treasured by Birmingham. Ross’ new dance for Art On The Rocks blends aesthetics: the digital and the sensual, the sustained and the vibratory, the glorious and the busted movement qualities.  Come delight in, Trust, Rush, Receipts.

Live Music: Seryn

10PM // Upper Terrace
This Texas-based, 6-piece band features a layered texture of guitar, ukulele, accordion, bass, violin, banjo, various percussions, and chilling harmonies.

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, 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.

Collaborative Paper Cranes

ALL NIGHT // Bohorfoush Gallery
Bring prosperity and good fortune to the city of Birmingham by participating in an art installation, created by you! In celebration of Japanese tradition and the 10th anniversary of Art On The Rocks, we will be making one thousand paper cranes, a practice that is believed to grant a wish to those who join in the fun. Make your crane, see it on display, and be a part of bringing good luck to Birmingham and the Museum!

Samurai Photo Booth

ALL NIGHT // Jemison Galleries
Get ready for our summertime exhibition, Lethal Beauty! Jump into our Samurai armor photo booth, and share your photos on social media! #BMASamurai

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

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

THE VALUE OF ART

What makes fine art fine? What happens when a Rembrandt is de-attributed by a group of Rembrandt scholars? How much is a masterpiece by Rauschenberg worth that cannot be bought or sold due to its incorporation of a stuffed endangered species? Appraiser and independent scholar Amanda Adams weaves together stories from the museum world delving into how our understanding of art can be framed by its monetary value.

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: Highlights of the Museum

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 will be a docent-led tour of our Museum highlights! Come enjoy a quick tour of the Museum’s finest works of art.