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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!

Slow Art Sunday: Girl Bathing, Looking At Her Reflection In The Water

Slow Art Sunday: Girl Bathing, Looking At Her Reflection In The Water

November 30, 2014

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 Max Klinger’s piece Girl Bathing, Looking at her Reflection in the Water.

copyright Bahman Farzad

ArtBreak: Simplicity and Symbolism: Lotus Blossoms

November 25, 2014

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 photographer Bahman Farzad, who will describe his work photographing lotus blossoms and their symbolism in Asian culture.

Slow Art Sunday: Horizontal Rectangle

Slow Art Sunday: Horizontal Rectangle

November 23, 2014

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 Ida Kohlmeyer’s piece Horizontal Rectangle.

Vajradhara, 18th/19th century. Nepal. Gilt copper alloy. Private Collection, New York, EX3.2013.11.

Moving Meditation

November 22, 2014

Join teachers from Villager Yoga to explore BMA from a different perspective. Exhibit your strength and balance of mind and body in traditional yoga poses linked in nurturing, flowing sequences. Our moving meditation will help usher in powerful energy throughout the entire body and soul, followed by a deep sense of calm, relaxation, and stillness. For beginners to intermediate, the class has a moderate pace.

ArtBreak: Mother and Child: Contemporary Sculpture in the Red Mountain Garden

ArtBreak: Mother and Child: Contemporary Sculpture in the Red Mountain Garden

November 18, 2014

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 Birmingham artist Brad Morton, who will discuss his work and methodology. After the talk, join us in the Red Mountain Sculpture Garden to see the art and enjoy the lovely fall weather.

Decoding Black Art: Easing the Tension: Lorna Simpson and Black Women’s Identity

Decoding Black Art: Easing the Tension: Lorna Simpson and Black Women’s Identity

November 16, 2014

Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence at the BMA will offer a lecture series on African American art beginning this fall. All lectures are free and open to the public. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection.

This month, Kelli will lead a discussion on Lorna Simpson and Black Women’s Identity.

Slow Art Sunday: Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone)

Slow Art Sunday: Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone)

November 16, 2014

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 Kass Miller will lead a discussion on Merritt Johnson’s piece Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone).

No ArtBreak

November 11, 2014

Please note that there is no ArtBreak this week. The Museum is closed in observance of Veteran’s Day. Thank you!

Slow Art Sunday: Tomb Guardian

Slow Art Sunday: Tomb Guardian

November 9, 2014

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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the Chinese piece Tomb Guardian.

Vajradhara, 18th/19th century. Nepal. Gilt copper alloy. Private Collection, New York, EX3.2013.11.

Moving Meditation

November 8, 2014

Join teachers from Villager Yoga to explore BMA from a different perspective. Exhibit your strength and balance of mind and body in traditional yoga poses linked in nurturing, flowing sequences. Our moving meditation will help usher in powerful energy throughout the entire body and soul, followed by a deep sense of calm, relaxation, and stillness. For beginners to intermediate, the class has a moderate pace.

"Riverfront" (2012), Curran Hatleberg

John Morton Lecture in Photography

November 6, 2014

At this year’s John Morton Lecture in Photography, we are pleased to present Curran Hatleberg. Since receiving his MFA from Yale University, Hatleberg has traveled the United States extensively to photograph. His work has been shown in galleries nationally and internationally with great critical success including most recently Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY and The International Center of Photography, New York, NY. He is the recipient of the 2014 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant and the Richard Benson Prize for excellence in photography. He is the winner of the 2013 Annual Juried Competition at The Camera Club of New York. His photographs are included in the Williams College Muesum of Art and Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University. His work has been published frequently, including The United States (2003-2013) from Mossless Publishing, and his forthcoming monograph will be released by TBW Books in 2015. He currently teaches photography at Yale University.
Before and after the lecture, enjoy the Museum after hours at our First Thursday event, held from 5–9PM.

Since 2008, the BMA’s John Morton Lecture in Photography has presented photographers on the cutting edge of art and culture. Sponsored by Birmingham philanthropist and collector John Morton, the lecture is always free and open to the public.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

November 6, 2014

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

ArtBreak: Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone)

ArtBreak: Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone)

November 4, 2014

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’s Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece, Merritt Johnson’s Buffalo Vector Border Crossing (Yellowstone).

Slow Art Sunday: Cast Iron, Germany

Slow Art Sunday: Cast Iron, Germany

November 2, 2014

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 Judy Cook will lead a discussion on German Cast Iron.

Vajradhara, 18th/19th century. Nepal. Gilt copper alloy. Private Collection, New York, EX3.2013.11.

ArtBreak: So Close to Heaven

October 28, 2014

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 Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D., who will discuss our new exhibition So Close to Heaven.