Japanese Film Fest - Thursday

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!

Japanese Film Festival: Harakiri

Japanese Film Festival
AUGUST 7-10 // FREE

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 7 // 7PM // Harakiri (1962), Masaki Kobayashi, 133 minutes

Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

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.

Join us this month for an evening with our new exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. This is also the first event of our Japanese Film Festival, which is taking place August 7-10. Check our calendar for all films and times.

5-9PM // Open galleries

5-9PM // Tapas ($13) and cocktails (Cash Bar)

5:30-7:30PM // Calligraphy Demonstration / Explore the ancient art form of calligraphy with a master artist. Observe how a few graceful brush strokes can bring words to life. Learn about the different styles of calligraphy including those used during the samurai period. Visitors are invited to join in and take home a small calligraphy artwork of their own.

6PM // Curator-led tour of Lethal Beauty (Free for members / $10 Non Members) with Don Wood, Ph.D., Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art

7PM // Japanese Film Festival: Harakiri

7PM // Live Music by Foxxy Fatts and Company

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. Stay after the public tour for our First Thursday event!

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

A New Gift Revealed

Museum Director Gail Andrews unveils an exciting gift to the BMA folk art collection consisting of over 400 objects by artists working across the South in the 20th century. It includes paintings, sculptures, quilts, and works on paper. They are primarily by Alabama artists such as Sybil Gibson, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Benjamin Perkins, and Fred Webster to name just a few.

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: Different Tools, Same 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 master engraver Bob Rosser, who will lead a discussion on August’s Spotlight on the Collection piece Hot Water Urn, which is part of the Hester Bateman exhibition. Bob will tell us more about the piece, how it was made, and how the process has changed and remained the same over the centuries.

Slow Art Sunday: Portrait of Hugo Reisinger

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 Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Anders Zorn’s piece Portrait of Hugo Reisinger.

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.

Register Now

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.