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Decoding Black Art: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

Decoding Black Art: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

June 21, 2015

Join Kelli Morgan, Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow of African American Art at the BMA, for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

This week Kelli will discuss Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College.

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Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

April 18, 2015

The Chenoweth Lecture was originally scheduled in March but was canceled due to winter weather. We are excited that Dr. Wheelock will be able to come back before the end of the exhibition! Along with the lecture, the Museum, exhibition, and café will be open for your enjoyment.
Renowned art historian and one of the most prolific writers on Vermeer, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting at the National Gallery of Art and Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland Arthur Wheelock, Ph.D. discusses his personal experiences with works in the exhibition Small Treasures.

Wheelock was raised in Uxbridge, Massachusetts before attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Williams College, and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1973. He came to the National Gallery of Art in 1973 as the David E. Finley Fellow, after which he was named Research Curator. At the same time, he began his teaching career at the University of Maryland. He was appointed curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the National Gallery in 1975. Wheelock, who has lectured widely on Dutch and Flemish art, has written a number of books, including Perspective, Optics, and Delft Artists around 1650 (1977); Jan Vermeer (1981); Vermeer and the Art of Painting (1995); the catalogs of the Dutch and Flemish collections at the National Gallery of Art, along with other works and articles.

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.

Decoding Black Art: This Woman’s Work: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body

Decoding Black Art: This Woman’s Work: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body

April 12, 2015

Join Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow in African American Art Kelli Morgan for a lecture series on African American art. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection. All lectures are free and open to the public.

At this month’s Decoding Black Art talk, Kelli will lead a discussion on “This Woman’s Work”: Emma Amos and the Black Female Body.

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

Slow Art Day 2015

Slow Art Day 2015

April 11, 2015

In addition to our weekly program, the Museum celebrates Slow Art Day each year along with museums around the world. This year, join us for refreshments and thought-provoking conversation about two of the Museum’s masterworks!

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Social and Community Engaged Art: The Genuine and the Artificial

April 8, 2015

MacArthur Fellow and current Breeden Scholar in Residence at Auburn University Rick Lowe is an artist whose unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed a long-neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve, two decades since its inception. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe shifted the focus of his artistic practice in the early 1990s in order to address more directly the pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of his community.
With a group of fellow artists, he organized the purchase and restoration of a block and a half of derelict properties—twenty-two shotgun houses from the 1930s—in Houston’s predominantly African American Third Ward and turned them into Project Row Houses (PRH), an unusual amalgam of arts venue and community support center. Lowe has initiated similarly arts-driven redevelopment projects in other cities, including Los Angeles, New Orleans, and North Dallas. Lowe’s pioneering “social sculptures” have inspired a generation of artists to explore more socially engaged forms of art-making in communities across the country.
Rick Lowe is an Alabama native who attended Columbus College and studied visual arts at Texas Southern University in Houston. He is currently the Breeden Scholar in Residence at Auburn University. Along with his MacArthur Genius Grant, Lowe is also the recipient of the Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

Museum Closed for Good Friday

April 3, 2015

Please note that the Museum will be closed for Good Friday. The Museum will reopen on Saturday, April 4 at 10AM. The Museum will be open on Easter Sunday.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

April 2, 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.

6PM: Gallery Talk // A Feast for the Eyes: Food in Dutch Paintings by Dr. Katherine McIver, Professor Emerita, University of Alabama at Birmingham
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Curator Lecture // Small Treasures: From Idea to Exhibition by Dennis P. Weller, Ph.D. Curator of Northern European Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Click here to learn more.

Spring Break Bonanza at the BMA!

Spring Break Bonanza at the BMA!

March 31, 2015

Join us for three days of Spring Break fun at the Museum! Today’s activities include:

10AM-1PM: Make and decorate a horse using your own footprint and yarn

10:30AM: Kids at Play! Family Tour // Main Lobby

11:30AM: Bart’s Books: Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland

Derrick Adams’ “The Entertainer”

Derrick Adams’ “The Entertainer”

March 28, 2015

The Entertainer is an original performance that incorporates a musical interpretation of white, gray, and black noise composed by Philippe Treuille and a projection by Ramon Silva with Adams’ live performance. Adams acts as a human Beatbox, mimicking the sounds echoing from a TV, microphone, and speaker, while including sound bites from media programming. The graphic imagery is inspired by the bold formal structure of Russian Constructivist propaganda used in advertising and broadcasting. The piece is a commentary on the effects of media bombardment in today’s society.

Holi: Indian Culture Festival

Holi: Indian Culture Festival

March 7, 2015

Did you know that one of the biggest Hindu holidays—Holi—is celebrated in March? Take an adventure through the Museum’s Southeast Asian and Indian galleries for one of Birmingham’s favorite cultural celebrations. Music, dance, art activities, and more fill up the day!

Check back soon for a full schedule of events and performances!

CANCELED. Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

CANCELED. Annual Chenoweth Lecture: Personal Encounters with Small Treasures

March 5, 2015

Our Annual Chenoweth Lecture will take place during our First Thursday: After Hours event. Click here to see what else is planned for the evening!

Renowned art historian and one of the most prolific writers on Vermeer, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting at the National Gallery of Art and Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland Arthur Wheelock, Ph.D. discusses his personal experiences with works in the exhibition Small Treasures.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

March 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.

6PM: Gallery Talk // Docent-led tour of Small Treasures (must have exhibition ticket)
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Annual Chenoweth Lecture // Read more here

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

February 28, 2015

The Museum is pleased to announce the Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme Clay @ Play. Irony, Humor & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts. Generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the symposium will bring together scholars, artists, and ceramic enthusiasts for a series of lectures that explore the theme by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts.

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

The Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

February 27, 2015

The Museum is pleased to announce the Second Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme Clay @ Play. Irony, Humor & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts. Generously sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the symposium will bring together scholars, artists, and ceramic enthusiasts for a series of lectures that explore the theme by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts.