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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!

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar, Korea

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar, Korea

October 12, 2014

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 a Korean piece Moon Jar.

Vajradhara, 18th/19th century. Nepal. Gilt copper alloy. Private Collection, New York, EX3.2013.11.

Moving Meditation

October 11, 2014

Join teachers from Villager Yoga to explore BMA from a different perspective. Exhibit your strength and balance of mind and body in traditional yoga poses linked in nurturing, flowing sequences. Our moving meditation will help usher in powerful energy throughout the entire body and soul, followed by a deep sense of calm, relaxation, and stillness. For beginners to intermediate, the class has a moderate pace.

Annual Rushton Concert

Annual Rushton Concert

October 8, 2014

Auditorium doors open at 7PM.

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana drew mass attention during the 2013 Cliburn Competition for “intensely personalized music-making” (Dallas Morning News) that “had an electrical current running through virtually every measure” (The Plain Dealer). Already a rising star, Ms. Rana was named “One to Watch” by International Piano magazine just before her Cliburn appearance. Recording label Harmonia Mundi USA released a live CD of her Competition performances in late 2013 with works by Schumann, Ravel, and Bartók, which joins her debut CD on ATMA Classique featuring Scriabin and Chopin.

The Rushton Concert is generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rushton III

Pre-Concert Tour

Pre-Concert Tour

October 8, 2014

Before the annual Rushton Concert, please join Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D. for a tour of Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise.

The Rushton Concert will begin at 7:30PM; auditorium doors open at 7PM.

Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate). Nicoya culture (Period IV – Period V) , Costa Rica, AD 300 – 700. Carved volcanic stone. 15 × 27 1/2 × 9 3/4 inches. 
Museum purchase, 1971.41.

ArtBreak: Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate)

October 7, 2014

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 BMA Education Intern Amy Williamson, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate).

Slow Art Sunday: Tragedy at Sea

Slow Art Sunday: Tragedy at Sea

October 5, 2014

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 George Inness’s piece Tragedy at Sea.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

October 2, 2014

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

Art & Conversation

October 2, 2014

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers A CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION Although the job of a Museum Conservator involves monitoring the collection, good handling and housekeeping methods, and research, there are times when intervention and treatment of an object is necessary.

ArtBreak: Lit(art)ure 101

ArtBreak: Lit(art)ure 101

September 30, 2014

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 Volunteer Services Manager Lindsey Hammel, who will lead a discussion on art that is inspired by literature in the Museum’s collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Building the Schooner, Provincetown

Slow Art Sunday: Building the Schooner, Provincetown

September 28, 2014

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 Childe Hassam’s piece Building the Schooner, Provincetown.

ArtBreak: La Dolce Vita: 19th-Century Artists in Italy

September 23, 2014

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 UAB adjunct art and art history professor Alice Jackson. Alice will discuss artists in the BMA collection who were inspired by Italy in the 19th century.

Slow Art Sunday: It’s The Real Thing

September 21, 2014

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 Hank Willis Thomas’s piece Smokin’ Joe Ain’t J’mama.

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Special Oscar’s Café Hours

September 21, 2014

To celebrate the final day of Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, Oscar’s Café will hold special Sunday lunch hours. They will serve their Lethal Beauty menu from 11AM-2PM.

ART PAPERS LIVE

ART PAPERS LIVE

September 20, 2014

Slavs and Tatars joins ART PAPERS and the BMA to explore the potential of language-and particularly, of transliteration, or the conversion of scripts-as a strategy of both resistance and research into notions of identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

Long-Legged Linguistics is one in a series of lecture-performances in the collective’s latest cycle of work, which examines the ever-changing and always powerful alphabets of Eurasia—where Arabic accompanied the rise of Islam, Latin that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic that of the Orthodox Church and, later, communism. Long-Legged Linguistics attempts not to emancipate particular peoples of notions, but rather the sounds rolling off our collective tongues, in any region of the world.

BMACC Presents A Night At The Museum

BMACC Presents A Night At The Museum

September 17, 2014

Undergraduate students, recent graduates, graduate students, and those in between are welcome to attend a special night at the Museum (with a recent college I.D).