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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!

Member Shopping Week

Member Shopping Week

December 1, 2015

Join us for Member Shopping Week, December 1-6! BMA Members receive 25% off gift memberships and purchases in the Museum Store all week!

During the week, we will have a special trunk show day on Thursday, December 3. Take a look at our plans:

10AM-7:30PM: Enjoy 25% off from our trunk show artists: Original B’ham, Leigh Ann Hurst Jewelry, Susan Gordon Pottery, Freedom Soap Company, and Copper Pot Kitchen.

11AM: Visions of the Black Belt talk and book signing with author Robin McDonald

11AM-2PM: BMA Members receive 25% off in Oscar’s Café. Reservations are recommended, 205.328.7850.

5-9PM: BMA Members enjoy 25% off tapas and drinks in Oscar’s Café, beer tasting, and holiday festivities during First Thursday

6PM: Birmingham Beer talk and book signing with author Carla Jean Whitley

BMA Members receive a gift with purchase this day (free Museum logo pint glass or logo mug with $50 purchase, while supplies last)

Slow Art Sunday: Windmill

November 29, 2015

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 Thomas Hart Benton’s Windmill.

Museum Closed

November 27, 2015

Please note that the Museum and Museum business offices are closed for Thanksgiving. The Museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, November 28 at 10AM.

Museum Closed

November 26, 2015

Please note that the Museum and Museum business offices are closed for Thanksgiving. The Museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, November 28 at 10AM.

No Visually Impaired Program

November 25, 2015

Please note that there will be no Visually Impaired Program today, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Check back for next month’s program!

Slow Art Sunday: Black Table Setting

November 22, 2015

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 Jack Whitten’s Black Table Setting.

Slow Art Sunday: Driven Back

November 15, 2015

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 this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, DeCost Smith’s Driven Back.

BMA Speaks: Birmingham Renaissance?

BMA Speaks: Birmingham Renaissance?

November 12, 2015

BMA Speaks offers a dynamic platform for conversations about the realities and nuances of topics relevant to the city and beyond. This month, we’ll explore Birmingham’s renaissance through a panel discussion featuring a variety of voices speaking about this topic, using recent conversations and events as a starting point. This platform offers attendees the opportunity to participate in the conversation by asking their own questions and to join the panelists in examining this topic.

6:30-8:30 PM // Panel Discussion

Featuring: Sharrif Simmons, Poet, Writer, Musician; Ahmad Ward, Head of Education, BCRI; John Archibald, Columnist, Al.com; Zac Hanson, Community Member; and Bruce Adams, Stewart Perry
Moderated by Max Rykov

Spoken word and poetry will be read by guest artists at the start of the event. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Museum Closed

November 11, 2015

Please note that the Museum and Museum business offices are closed for Veterans Day. The Museum will re-open to the public on Thursday, November 12 10AM.

Slow Art Sunday: Entrée d’un gave (Source of a Mountain Stream)

November 8, 2015

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 Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on Gustave Courbet’s Entrée d’un gave (Source of a Mountain Stream).

Chenoweth Lecture: "America is Hard to See": Inaugurating the New Whitney

Chenoweth Lecture: “America is Hard to See”: Inaugurating the New Whitney

November 5, 2015

A team of four senior curators developed the inaugural exhibition for the new Whitney Museum of American Art over a period of roughly three years. Both the exhibition and building opened to widespread critical and popular acclaim in May of 2015. The Whitney’s Curator of Drawings Carter E. Foster was one of those curators, and his lecture will give a behind-the-scenes look at the intellectual gestation of the exhibition, its relationship to the architecture, and take us through its ideals and highlights, both general and specific.

In a museum career spanning nearly twenty-five years, Foster has specialized in the history of drawing and the continuities of artistic practice from the Renaissance to the present, and has organized dozens of exhibitions covering this range. Most recently, he was on the team curators who developed the Whitney’s inaugural display in its new building, America is Hard to See. An expert on Edward Hopper, he organized the 2013 exhibition Hopper Drawing and edited and co-authored its catalogue. He writes extensively on post-war and contemporary American art. Prior to the Whitney, he held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The lecture will take place during our monthly First Thursday: After Hours event.

The Chenoweth lectures are endowed by Dr. Arthur I. Chenoweth as a memorial to his brother and parents. The purpose of the lectures is to encourage international understanding through the presentation of a variety of subjects by specialists in their fields.

First Thursdays: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursdays: After Hours at the Museum

November 5, 2015

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.

7PM // Annual Chenoweth Lecture // During tonight’s First Thursday, we will host our annual Chenoweth Lecture. At this year’s lecture, we are excited to welcome the Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art Carter Foster. Click here to learn more about the lecture.