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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: Horse

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 our Chinese piece, Horse.

Visually Impaired Program: Feasts and Celebrations

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, June 9.

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! – Seryn

Presented by Dale’s

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This is the first Art On The Rocks of 2014! Click here to learn more about our favorite summertime series.

Sample brews by Back Forty Beer Co., secure eternal good luck by folding one of a thousand paper cranes for a collaborative installation, or enjoy everything else we have planned:

Featured Events

What’s Old is New Again: Japanese Prints of the 20th Century

7:30PM & 8PM // Asian Galleries
Expand your knowledge and appreciation of Japanese art as the BMA’s Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood gives a talk on traditional woodblock prints from the first half of the 20th century. Two extraordinary Japanese artists, Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-195), will be discussed during this gallery talk.

The Dapper Man Pop-Up Shop, presented by Shaia’s and Southern Femme

7-10PM // Chinoiserie
Over the centuries, samurai warriors cultivated a respect for elegance and aesthetics in their suits of armor. With their flash, color, and exceptional design, these warriors were unlike any other in the world. Channel the samurai warriors’ appreciation for the finer things, and learn the art of dressing like a dapper man! Stylists from Shaia’s Menswear in Homewood and Southern Femme will share the secrets to looking your best! For even more fun, step into the “Dapper Man” photo booth for a chance to win some generous giveaways from Shaia’s!

DANCEe: Trust, Rush, Receipts

8 & 8:30PM // Contemporary Galleries
DANCEe, the modern-contemporary company, is celebrated abroad and treasured by Birmingham. Ross’ new dance for Art On The Rocks blends aesthetics: the digital and the sensual, the sustained and the vibratory, the glorious and the busted movement qualities.  Come delight in, Trust, Rush, Receipts.

Live Music: Seryn

10PM // Upper Terrace
This Texas-based, 6-piece band features a layered texture of guitar, ukulele, accordion, bass, violin, banjo, various percussions, and chilling harmonies.

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, 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.

Collaborative Paper Cranes

ALL NIGHT // Bohorfoush Gallery
Bring prosperity and good fortune to the city of Birmingham by participating in an art installation, created by you! In celebration of Japanese tradition and the 10th anniversary of Art On The Rocks, we will be making one thousand paper cranes, a practice that is believed to grant a wish to those who join in the fun. Make your crane, see it on display, and be a part of bringing good luck to Birmingham and the Museum!

Samurai Photo Booth

ALL NIGHT // Jemison Galleries
Get ready for our summertime exhibition, Lethal Beauty! Jump into our Samurai armor photo booth, and share your photos on social media! #BMASamurai

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

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

THE VALUE OF ART

What makes fine art fine? What happens when a Rembrandt is de-attributed by a group of Rembrandt scholars? How much is a masterpiece by Rauschenberg worth that cannot be bought or sold due to its incorporation of a stuffed endangered species? Appraiser and independent scholar Amanda Adams weaves together stories from the museum world delving into how our understanding of art can be framed by its monetary value.

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: Highlights of the Museum

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 a docent-led tour of our Museum highlights! Come enjoy a quick tour of the Museum’s finest works of art.

Slow Art Sunday: View of the Grand Canal, Venice

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 Canaletto’s View of the Grand Canal, Venice.

Family Tour: Africa!

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Travel across the globe to Africa!

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 for an evening of English elegance, as we open our new exhibition Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise!

5-9PM // Open Galleries

5-9PM // Exclusive after-hours opening of Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

6PM // Gallery talk on Hester Bateman by Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D.

6:30PM // Drop-in and Draw in the garden

7PM // Wine tasting in the garden

7PM // Live music in the garden // Sanders Bohlke, presented by Communicating Vessels

7PM // Film Screening // The Duchess 

ArtBreak: Somnus

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 senior docent Laura Wallace on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, the Wedgwood sculpture Somnus.

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, docent Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on our collection’s samurai armor, in preparation for our summertime exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor (opening June 28).

Friends of American Art: Rollin’ on the River: Riverboat Commerce and Decorative Arts in the Antebellum South

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

Navigable rivers played an important role in the transportation of consumer goods from the North to the Deep South prior to the Civil War, and river ports emerged as important centers of commerce and culture. Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. will look at well-appointed interiors of the period, and discuss how the riverboat trade helped shape Southern tastes.

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 Wednesday, May 21.

Slow Art Sunday: Plank Mask

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 leads a discussion on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection piece, Plank Mask, made by the Bwa people. Come explore our all-new African Gallery!

ArtBreak: Highlights of the BMA Collection

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 a docent-led tour of highlights from the BMA collection. See some of our most beloved works from our permanent collection, and learn about each from our docent! This is the perfect  opportunity to see the best of the BMA in 30 short minutes.