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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!

International Museum Day

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2014. This year, the theme of the International Museum Day is “Museum Collections Make Connections.” Our rich heritage, which museums both display and protect, is associated with inventiveness and vitality, both of which have characterized the museum sector in recent years and are museum’s greatest strengths.

Celebrate International Museum Day in Birmingham by checking out Delacroix and the Matter of Finish on its last day! Also, make your own connection to our collection by going on a docent-led tour of our galleries.

Special events for the day include:

Last day of Delacroix and the Matter of Finish – bring a friend!
Sunday lunch in Oscar’s, 11AM-2PM
Bart’s ArtVenture open, noon-5PM
Slow Art Sunday, 2PM
Romanticism in the Museum’s Collection tour, 3PM

BMA Speaks

In honor of Mother’s Day, this BMA Speaks will celebrate the mothers in our lives and women around the world. Birmingham mover and shaker Sharrif Simmons hosts this evening of spoken word.

Cash bar opens at 6:30PM. Email Associate Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org for more information.

ArtBreak: Replicating the Museum’s Asian Collection in Virtual 3D

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 Corey Shum, Techinal Director at UAB’s Enabling Technology Lab. He will discuss how he replicated pieces in the Museum’s Asian collection using 3D printing and virtual technologies.

Slow Art Sunday: Sun Mountain

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 takes a closer look at Helen Frankenthaler’s Sun Mountain.

Visually Impaired Program: The Arts of Africa

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, May 5.

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.

ArtBreak: Plank Mask

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 Arts of the Africas and Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D. Dr. Hanna will discuss this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, a Plank Mask by the Bwa people. Join us for the talk in our newly reinstalled African gallery!

First Thursday – May 2014: 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.

We will enjoy live music, beer tastings, food trucks, and the final after-hours opportunity to visit Delacroix and the Matter of Finish!


First Thursday // May 1 // Schedule of Events

5-9PM // Third floor galleries open (rest of Museum closed for Museum Ball preparations) // Visit the all-new African Gallery and visit Delacroix and the Matter of Finish before it’s gone!

5-9PM // Food trucks and full cash bar // Shindigs

5-6PM // Live music with Taylor Shaw // Guitar soloist in the garden

5:30PM // Public talk  // Tour of the all-new African Gallery with Curator of Arts of Africa and the America Emily Hanna, Ph.D.

6PM // Public talk  // Canvas to Cinema: Tracing Cinematic Influence from the Paintings of Delacroix to Gladiator // David Resha, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Media and Film, Birmingham-Southern College // Auditorium

6:30-8PM // Drop-in and Draw // Garden

7PM // Beer tasting // Garden

7-9PM // Live music by The Great Book Of John, presented by Communicating Vessels // Upper plaza of garden

7PM // Film Screening: Gladiator // Auditorium

Museum Ball Set Up: Part Of Museum Closed

Please note that the second floor galleries (including Oscar’s, Bart’s ArtVenture, and Museum Store) will be CLOSED to the public beginning at 2PM.

Our First Thursday events will be in the Sculpture Garden, Auditorium, and third floor ONLY. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, on the third floor, will be open.

Thank you!

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR: NATIVE AMERICAN BEADED APPAREL

Curator Emily Hanna discusses Native American traditions of adorning garments with beads and other decorative elements. A special focus of the talk is four beautiful beaded dresses on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

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: Delacroix and Chopin: Their Fascinating Friendship Through The Romantic Period of Art and Music

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!

At this week’s ArtBreak, Nancy Wingard, Associate Professor at Birmingham-Southern College Conservatory of Music, will discuss Delacroix and Chopin: Their Fascinating Friendship Through The Romantic Period of Art and Music. With musical accompaniments, the talk will talk place in Steiner Auditorium. After ArtBreak, be sure to go see the exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish!

Slow Art Sunday: Ganesha

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 takes a closer look at the Indian piece Ganesha.

African Gallery Reopening Celebration

Babatunde LawalTo celebrate the African gallery’s reopening, the Museum will host a lecture by renowned African art scholar, Dr. Babatunde Lawal. His talk, Meditating and Enabling the Soul: Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art, will focus on the cultural and spiritual significance of art among the Yoruba of Nigeria, contemporary movements in Yoruba art, and the Yoruba influence on the arts of the African Diaspora.

Lawal is a Professor of Africa, African American, and African Diaspora Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. His books include The Gèlèdé Spectacle: Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture (1996), Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art (2007), and Yoruba: Vision of Africa Series (2012).

Reception will immediately follow!

Sankofa Society: New African Gallery Tour

This event is for members of the Sankofa Society support group. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Be among the first to see the brand new African Gallery! Join us before the opening lecture and reception for an exclusive tour with Curator of Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D. To RSVP, please contact Carrie Montgomery at cmontgomery@artsbma.org or 205.254.2086 by Monday, April 21.

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 to Marianne Griffin at marianne.griffin1@gmail.com.

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.

April’s Salon will be a visit to the UAB Art Studio Faculty Group Show at The 2300 Studios. The 2300 Studios are located at the intersection of 23rd St. and 7th Ave. South.

Asian Art Society: Lunch and Learn: Recent Acquisitions

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

Join us for a Lunch and Learn as we look at some of the exciting recent acquisitions that have come to the collection. We will also be discussing upcoming Asian Art Society events.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.org or 205.297.8073 by Tuesday, April 22.