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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!

Slow Art Sunday: Barbie

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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Grace Hartigan’s Barbie.

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.

Visually Impaired Program: Land and Water Scapes

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, July 7.

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! – Kopecky Family Band

Presented by Dale’s

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Featured Events

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor After Hours

7-10PM // Jemison Galleries
Celebrate Japanese culture with the Museum as we welcome our newest exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. Art On The Rocks is the perfect time to see Lethal Beauty, where you can visit the exhibition through the night for free (included with Art On The Rocks admission).

Discovering Sake Short Films

Back of Contemporary Gallery
8PM // Sake: History and Culture
8:30PM // Sake Production: Sakura Masamune & Sake Production: Nechi Otokoyama
Find out how this national drink, traditionally used at celebrations, is now being enjoyed across the globe. Check out these Discovery Channel clips, which uncover the secrets of some of Japan’s most famous Sake brewers. You will learn about the rice, water, climate, and customs that make each Sake so distinctive. Also, Junior Patrons will enjoy sake cocktails from the talented mixologist Steva Casey. Become a Junior Patron for entry into the VIP tent and to receive your free sake cocktails!

Southern Femme & Saks Fifth Avenue Present A Japanese-Inspired Fashion Show

9PM // Oscar’s Café
Enjoy a Japanese fashion show inspired by Lethal Beauty. From traditional kimonos of the Geishas to today’s runway looks, these Japanese-inspired fashions are sure to transport you far from Birmingham!  The show, produced by Southern Femme, will be accompanied by traditional Japanese musicians and DJ Coco.

Live Music: The Kopecky Family Band

10PM // Upper Terrace
The Kopecky Family Band – a non-traditional family, at that – is dynamic, and they wield an equally dynamic slew of instruments. Their thoughtful songwriting is supported by a diverse backdrop of sound. Their musical canvas is covered with broad brushstrokes, including clanging tambourines and guitars, booming percussion, intelligent string instruments, and triumphant horns. These six bandmates swap their musical tools without a second thought, creating an emotive, adventurous, and energetic environment onstage.

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 and 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.

The Art of Sake Cocktails

8-10 PM // JP VIP TENT // Upper Plaza of Sculpture Garden
Demonstrations at 8:30 and 9:30PM
Mixologist Steva Casey takes you behind the bar and gives you an insider’s look into how sake can add depth and body to your cocktails. Learn about the varieties of sake that exist and how they can fit into any mixologists’ cocktail making repertoire. Under Steva’s guidance, guests will enjoy two exclusive sake cocktails and a recipe to try it at home!

Continue the Collaboration with Magic Chromacity

ALL NIGHT // Bohorfoush Gallery
Be a part of Brooklyn artist Amanda Browder’s upcoming Chromacity project, which will debut at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and the Alys Stephens Center this summer.

Yellowhammer Creative Prints In Action!

ALL NIGHT // Upper Plaza of Sculpture Garden // Prints for sale ($10)
Born out of Birmingham, Yellowhammer Creative specializes in custom design and fabrication. As artists and designers, they are always looking for a good challenge and new ways to express their craft. Yellowhammer Creative will be creating screen-prints, available for sale, throughout the evening.

Samurai Photo Booth

ALL NIGHT // Jemison Galleries
After you visit our summertime exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, jump into our samurai armor photo booth and share your photos with #BMASamurai!

Photo Booth By The Simple Booth

ALL NIGHT // 8th Avenue Lobby
More details to come!

Edible Installation By The Baking Bandits

ALL NIGHT // Oscar’s Café
The Bandits strike again!  This local pop-up bakery is building an edible work of art inspired by a piece from our American Gallery. Can you guess which one? Admire the Bandits’ incredible artistic talents and savor the delicious treats that have made them so well known (and well loved!) in Birmingham.

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

ArtBreak: Out of Africa and into the Realm of Design

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 Exhibition Designer Terry Beckham. Terry will discuss the design behind our new African Gallery, including the layout, color choices, and more.

Slow Art Sunday: Quilted Vessel

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 our exhibition by Tuscaloosa-based sculptor Craig Wedderspoon, Quilted Vessel.

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

LETHAL BEAUTY

This exhibition explores the exquisite craftsmanship the Samurai lavished on their weapons and equipment that were the soul of their life. With Curator Don Wood as our guide we discover this fascinating way of life as seen through the superb Samurai collection from the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture.

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: Spotlight on the Collection: Samurai Armor

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 led by docent Clyde Oyster, who will give a tour of July’s Spotlight on the Collection piece. Learn all about the samurai armor in the BMA collection, then make a visit to the brand new exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.

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.