January 22, 2016
Born on January 24, 1915, Robert Motherwell, one of the most intellectually inclined Abstract Expressionists, studied philosophy at Stanford and Harvard Universities before moving to New York City in 1939. He came to prominence in the early 1950s with his …
January 21, 2016
On Saturday, January 9, the Museum partnered once again with Art Papers to present Art Papers Live. During the event, What the Body Can Say, we hosted a conversation between Natasha Trethewey and Bethany Collins, moderated by Ivy Wilson. Bethany Collins is the …
January 19, 2016
On the third Tuesday of each month, the Curator of Education and/or Education Department staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!
This month, we will explore Parlor Sofa (1850-55) by John Henry Belter from the Museum’s collection of American art.
January 17, 2016
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 Tobias and the Angel Curing Tobit of Blindness by Simon Hendricksz van Amersfoort.
January 15, 2016
“We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly honors the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement with …
January 14, 2016
Our monthly ArtBreak, taking place on Tuesday, January 19 at 11:30AM, will focus on John Henry Belter’s Parlor Sofa. John Henry Belter is one of the best known of America’s mid-nineteenth-century cabinetmakers. One of many German-born craftsmen working in New …
January 11, 2016
If you have ever visited the Museum and have seen a group on a tour, experienced a Slow Art Sunday, or saw someone answering questions in our galleries, then you may already know how important docents are for daily life …
January 10, 2016
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 Smaller Ships and the Man-o’-War Bruinvisch in an Approaching Storm by Ludolf Backhuysen.
January 9, 2016
The Museum is partnering once again with Art Papers to present Art Papers Live. During this event, What the Body Can Say, we will host a conversation between Natasha Trethewey and Bethany Collins, moderated by Ivy Wilson.
Bethany Collins is the inaugural artist in lobby projects, a new initiative by the Birmingham Museum of Art, opening in April 2016, that commissions site-specific works by established and emerging contemporary artists. Collins’ work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at venues throughout the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, and the Flint Institute of Arts. Natasha Trethewey is a Pulitzer prize-winning poet who served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States from 2012–2014. She is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, including her acclaimed Bellocq’s Ophelia. She is currently the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. Ivy Wilson is Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Northwestern University. He teaches courses on the comparative literatures of the black diaspora and U.S. literary studies with a particular emphasis on African American culture.
Coffee and donuts will be served during the event.
January 7, 2016
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.
Please note that costs apply for purchase of tapas and/or cocktails.
6:30PM: Enjoy a tour of our new exhibition Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection with Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D.
January 7, 2016
$10 Museum Members // $15 Non-Members From Revolution to School Reform: A Quick History of Museum Education Curator of Education Horace Ballard presents a brief overview of both today’s major trends and conversations in museum interpretation, and the history of …
January 7, 2016
Happy birthday to artist Albert Bierstadt, who was born on January 7, 1830. Known for his breathtaking landscape paintings of the American West, Bierstadt is also the artist of one of the BMA’s most beloved, most important, and most photographed …
January 3, 2016
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 …
January 3, 2016
For our upcoming ART PAPERS LIVE event, taking place on Saturday, January 9 at 11AM, we are excited to welcome artist Bethany Collins for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. The conversation, What the Body Can …
Sitting before the round, textured forms that push up from a base into air, Two Forms in Echelon engenders visual play. At first, these are fundamental shapes from an antediluvian world: eggs from some beast we fear to name. Or …