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Decoding Black Art: Easing the Tension: Lorna Simpson and Black Women’s Identity

Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence at the BMA will offer a lecture series on African American art beginning this fall. All lectures are free and open to the public. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection.

This month, Kelli will lead a discussion on Lorna Simpson and Black Women’s Identity.

John Morton Lecture in Photography

At this year’s John Morton Lecture in Photography, we are pleased to present Curran Hatleberg. Since receiving his MFA from Yale University, Hatleberg has traveled the United States extensively to photograph. His work has been shown in galleries nationally and internationally with great critical success including most recently Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY and The International Center of Photography, New York, NY.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant and the Richard Benson Prize for excellence in photography. He is the winner of the 2013 Annual Juried Competition at The Camera Club of New York. His photographs are included in the Williams College Muesum of Art and Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University. His work has been published frequently, including The United States (2003-2013) from Mossless Publishing, and his forthcoming monograph will be released by TBW Books in 2015. He currently teaches photography at Yale University.

Before and after the lecture, enjoy the Museum after hours at our First Thursday event, held from 5–9PM.
Since 2008, the BMA’s John Morton Lecture in Photography has presented photographers on the cutting edge of art and culture. Sponsored by Birmingham philanthropist and collector John Morton, the lecture is always free and open to the public.

Decoding Black Art: “We Are Roses From Our Mothers’ Gardens”: A Community Conversation Through Art

Kelli Morgan, Ph.D. Candidate and Ford Fellow in residence at the BMA will offer a lecture series on African American art beginning this fall. All lectures are free and open to the public. The series will analyze and illuminate important works of African American art within the Museum’s permanent collection.

This first lecture of the series will introduce visitors to Kelli and hear more about her background and studies in African American art.

Gandhi Jayanti and BMA Speaks

The Indian Cultural Society and the Museum present an evening in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Gandhi Jayanti (officially October 2). The evening begins with a program honoring student participants in the Gandhi Jayanti poster and essay contest, followed by poetry and spoken word.

Following the poster contest, we will hold our quarterly BMA Speaks spoken word event. During BMA Speaks, we will welcome Vijay Seshadri, a Pulitzer Prize-winner poet.

Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and came to America at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University. His poetry collections include 3 Sections (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004), which won the James Laughling Award; and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the Times Book Review, among others. Seshadri holds a BA degree from Oberlin College and an MFA from Columbia University. He currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where he has held the Michele Tolela Myers Chair. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Special thanks to the Indian Cultural Society, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alabama State Arts Council, and the Alabama Writers’ Forum.

 

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.

5-9PM // Open galleries

Live Music // Gabriel Tajeau

5-9PM // Tapas in Oscar’s Café (please note that tapas is $13 per person)

5:30PM // Happy Flag Project

6PM // Highlights of the collection tour

6:30PM // Drop-in and Draw

7PM // Meet the Curator: Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Modern and Contemporary Art Curator // Join us as we welcome our new Modern and Contemporary Art Curator Wassan Al-Khudahairi. Wassan will give her first talk in her new role at the BMA, describing her previous experience, her first few months here, and her plans for the future.

 

Special Oscar’s Café Hours

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.

Click here to see the menu.

ART PAPERS LIVE

Join us for a special Birmingham edition of ART PAPERS LIVE.

Slavs and Tatars joins the Birmingham Museum of Art and ART PAPERS for an illustrated presentation exploring the potential of language as a strategy of both resistance and research into notions of identity, politics, colonialism, and faith.

Founded in 2006, Slavs and Tatars is an art collective devoted to an area east of the Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China, known as Eurasia. Their work spans several media and disciplines and focuses on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians, and Central Asians.

Slavs and Tatars’ sculpture Rahlé for Richard (2014) will be on view in the BMA’s Contemporary Galleries from September 2014.

ART PAPERS, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization, produces a print and online publication covering contemporary art and culture. ART PAPERS hosts regular public programs including the popular series, ART PAPERS LIVE.

BMACC Presents A Night At The Museum

Members of the BMA College Collective (BMACC) come from surrounding colleges and represent a variety of disciplines. This diversity enables BMACC to draw from the students’ wide range of interests and create events that reflect Birmingham’s college arts community.

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). Enjoy a great line up of events, including:

  • Live music by Younger Siblings
  • Free food
  • Reduced admission to Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor ($5)
  • Samurai photo op
  • Scavenger hunts with prizes
  • Guided tours of the Museum
  • Art activity: Post an illustration of your favorite proverb on Instagram

 

The Detroit Institute of Arts – Past, Present, and Future

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Speaker:
Salvador Salort-Pons, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Collection Strategies and Information at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Co-sponsored by the European Art Society

Founded in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the most renowned art museums in the country. DIA’s Executive Director of Collection Strategies and Information Salvador Salort-Pons, Ph.D. will highlight the distinguished history of the DIA and its outstanding collection of European Art. He will also introduce the innovative 2007 re-installation of the entire collection, which established the museum as one of the most visitor-friendly in the country. The DIA is among the top six encyclopedic art museums in North America, comprising extraordinary collections of European and American Art, which include iconic works such as Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, and Church’s Cotopaxi.

 

Salvador Salort Head ShotDr. Salvador Salort-Pons is the Executive Director of Collections and Information at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In addition, he is The Elizabeth & Allan Shelden Curator of European Paintings and head of the European Art Department. During his six year tenure at the DIA, he was responsible for such popular and acclaimed exhibitions as Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus and Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries, as well as Guest of Honor: Caravaggio’s Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy and Guest of Honor: Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. Dr. Salort-Pons is a specialist in Italian and Spanish painting and a leading expert on the Spanish Baroque painter Diego Velázquez. He has taught at the University of Madrid and was the senior curator at the Meadows Museum of Southern Methodist University in Dallas before joining the DIA. Salort-Pons received his Ph.D. from the Royal College of Spain at the University of Bologna, in Italy.

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 the final after-hours event to see Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor!

5-9PM // Open galleries

5-9PM // Tapas and cocktails 

5:30-7:30PM // Drop-in Suminagashi & Sakura with Toby Richards, Artist-in-Residence: Try your hand at Suminagashi, a Japanese process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful.
Or create sakura (cherry blossom) blow painting using no brushes! Widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry, and art, sakura carries layered meanings. Because they bloom briefly, the blossoms are often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. In the 19th century, audiences in the U.S. and around the world embraced sakura as a particularly Japanese cultural hallmark.
Make one or both at this drop-in session!

6-8PM // Blacksmithing Demonstration: Long time Alabama Forge Council member Lyle Wynn will create small, forged items in an outdoor demonstration. Wynn is the resident blacksmith at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland, MS. He teaches beginner to advanced students all manner of blacksmithing skills. As a professional showing artist he travels to shows around Mississippi and the Southeast. He has been an invited, featured demonstrator at many blacksmithing conferences around the country and has assisted well known blacksmith Brian Brazael.

6PM // Public Talk: The Way of the BowEdwin Symmes, Renshi Godan of Kyudo, will hold a public talk on The Way of the Bow (Kyu ba no michi). In ancient times, the Japanese warriors were referred to as “kyu ba no michi” (the way of the bow and horse). Even though it is the sword that has become synonymous with the samurai, it is actually the bow and the arrow that were their first weapons of lethal beauty. Symmes sensei will discuss both the beauty and deadliness of the Japanese bow and arrows. He will show how to shoot the asymmetrical bow, explain how the glove is used to facilitate shooting, and describe the arrows.

7PM // Film Screening: Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003), 111 minutes, Quentin Tarantino

7PM // Live Music: The Valley Roots

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

Free with admission (FREE for BMA members, $10 for non-members) // No reservations required Discover the artistry of samurai arms and armor through a guided tour of Lethal Beauty.

Stay after the public tour for our First Thursday event!

Art & Meditation

This series is FULL and registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

Six Saturdays, July 26-August 30 

 

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and became very popular among the samurai. During the twelfth century, the samurai embraced Zen Buddhism and subsequently discovered the benefits of meditation, giving the samurai warrior the mental edge that his enemies found extremely challenging.

Meditation instructors from the Shambhala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions.

Click here to register! Call 205.254.2571 for assistance and questions.

 

ArtBreak: Objectives of the Tea Ceremony

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 Urasenke Birmingham who will lead a talk about the ancient traditions and significance of the tea ceremony in Japanese culture.