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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!

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.

Art & Conversation: Dialogue with a Collector

November 5, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Dialogue with a Collector

Photography collector John Morton joins Suzanne Stephens of the BMA Registrars Dept. to discuss highlights of his collection, exploring both what attracts him to certain works and what he considers when deciding what to buy. The works vary in subject matter while sharing commonalities in terms of how the artists approach their subjects and how they use the camera to create art.

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.

Art Break: Driven Back

Art Break: Driven Back

November 3, 2015

Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk during your lunch break. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

At today’s ArtBreak, we will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection, De Cost Smith’s Driven Back.

Slow Art Sunday: Two Forms in Echelon

November 1, 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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Barbara Hepworth’s Two Forms in Echelon.

Visually Impaired Program: What's Going On?

Visually Impaired Program: What’s Going On?

October 28, 2015

In this program for adults, 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.

Decode what artists from different times and cultures are saying through symbols.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, October 23.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Slow Art Sunday: So Close to Heaven

October 25, 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on this month’s Spotlight on the Collection, the exhibition So Close to Heaven: Sacred Sculpture of Asia from the Weldon Collection.

Hiden Lecture: Mathematics, Magic, and Mid-Century

Hiden Lecture: Mathematics, Magic, and Mid-Century

October 21, 2015

In conjunction with Design Week Birmingham, the Museum welcomes Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin for a lecture on mid-century modern design.

Natalie “Alabama” Chanin is the owner and designer of Alabama Chanin. She was born and raised in Florence, Alabama, where her company is based. Chanin strives to achieve complete sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process – from materials and processes, to cultural sustainability in the form of preserving hand-sewing skills. Over the years, Alabama Chanin has organically expanded, establishing a family of businesses that includes the Alabama Chanin collection, Studio Style DIY sewing kits, The Factory Store + Café, the A. Chanin machine-made line, and Building 14 Design + Manufacturing Services. All facets work together to create a collaborative community and idea exchange, healthy growth, and a love of quality goods that last. In 2013, Chanin won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award competition that identifies and celebrates the greatest American designers working in the realm of sustainable fashion. Chanin continues to learn and to teach craft traditions, or “living arts,” using them to bridge generational, economic, and cultural gaps.

Before the lecture, our exhibition David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter will be open for viewing from 5-6pm. Following the lecture, join us for a reception from 7-8:30pm in Oscar’s Café and the garden.

Slow Art Sunday: Jar

October 18, 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 Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Dave Drake’s Jar.

Birmingham Museum of Art College Collective and Nitty Gritty Magic City Literary Night

Birmingham Museum of Art College Collective and Nitty Gritty Magic City Literary Night

October 16, 2015

Birmingham Museum of Art College Collective (BMACC) presents a night of poetry and art. BMACC is partnering with Nitty Gritty Magic City for live literary entertainment at the Museum, featuring Kwoya Fagin, TJ Beitelman, and Ashley Jones.

This program is open to college students and the public; however, content is geared for those ages 18 and above. Please visit our website or email Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org for more information.