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Gandhi Jayanti and BMA Speaks

VijaySeshadri_BioImageThe 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.

This program was made possible with the support from the Indian Cultural Society, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and the Alabama State Arts Council.

ART PAPERS Live

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.

Slavs and Tatars is a faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia. The collective’s work spans several media, disciplines, and a broad spectrum of cultural registers (high and low) focusing on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians and Central Asians. They have exhibited in major institutions across the Middle East, Europe and North America, including the Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, 10th Sharjah, 8th Berlin, 3rd Thessaloniki, and 9th Gwangju Biennials.

Slavs and Tatars’ sculpture Rahlé for Richard (2013) will be on view in the BMA’s Contemporary Galleries from September 2014.

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.

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.

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: The Making of an Exhibition: Behind the Scenes from a Collector’s Perspective

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 Docent, Trustee, and Collector Nan Skier. Learn about the process of creating an exhibition at the BMA, as Nan did when making the exhibition Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection. Hear about her process of collecting, working with the BMA, and now sending the exhibition across the country.

Bart’s Books: I, Doko

Bart’s Books is a storytelling program for children ages 4-7. Bart selects a new book and related work of art each month that he thinks kids will enjoy.

This month, Bart has selected Ed Young’s I Doko: The Tale of a Basket

Bart’s Books is sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities.

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.

 

Art On The Rocks! – Matrimony

Presented by Dale’s

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Featured Events

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor After Hours

7-10PM // Jemison Galleries
Celebrate Japanese culture with the Museum as we welcome our newest exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. Art On The Rocks is the perfect time to see Lethal Beauty, where you can visit the exhibition through the night for free (included with Art On The Rocks admission).

Live Music: Matrimony

10PM // Upper Terrace
This Charlotte, North Carolina-based band was recently named one of Rolling Stone‘s top 10 new artists you need to know.  Comprised of husband and wife duo Jimmy Brown and Ashlee Hardee Brown, along with her brothers Jordan and C.J., this harmonizing family band has a sound that is born of true love and a shared lifetime.

Watch Your Mouth!

8:15PM, 8:45PM, 9:15PM, and 9:45PM // European Galleries
Michael Harriot, Orron Kenyetta, and performers from Birmingham and beyond present the first ever “exhibit” of spoken word. Poets, comedians, storytellers, musicians, and hip hop artists highlight and examine the broad diaspora of oral communication as art.

Hipster Haiku

ALL NIGHT // Third Floor, near Asian Galleries
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Type your own haiku on one of our vintage typewriters, and share it using #BMASamurai!

Light Painting Photo Booth

7:30-8:30PM & 9:30-10:30PM // Contemporary Gallery
The Light Paint Photo Booth is an incredible new spin on the classic photo booth. Guests are guided into a pitch black enclosure by an attendant who explains the unique light painting process. The photo countdown begins and guests pose for the camera’s flash to go off. Right after the flash, the shutter on the camera remains open for an additional 15 seconds while the guests move around with LED and glow props creating colored light trails.

MAKEbhm Giant Jenga

ALL NIGHT // Upper Plaza
MAKEbhm is a community space, celebrating the passion to create. Executive Director Bruce Lanier has had the amazing idea to create a giant Jenga set out of sturdy, lightweight material. During Art On The Rocks, players can take their Jenga game to new heights – how high will the blocks go before they come tumbling down? Fun for all ages!

Seasick Records

ALL NIGHT // Oscar’s Café
Seasick Records, located in Avondale, houses a variety of indie/alternative, punk, hardcore, and classic rock vinyl, CDs, and cassettes. Complete with a music savvy staff devoted to introducing the newest and the best releases, Seasick has a bright future ahead in the Magic City.

Pastry Art Edible Installation

ALL NIGHT // Main Lobby
A passion for art and baking has carried Carol Gregg on a fifteen-year culinary odyssey that led from a hobby to a profession. Carol, along with her husband, Dennis, opened Pastry Art Bake Shoppe in Homewood, Alabama where her award-winning “scratch” cake creations are featured. The Greggs’ founding principle of freshness, quality, and friendliness is evident any day you visit one of their cozy little bakeries. See their work of art, inspired by a piece in our collection, made out of delicious baby bites!

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.

For the final AOTR of the summer, we are giving you yet another reason to join as a Junior Patron at the event! We will have FREE pops from 80 POPS in the tent! 80 POPS teamed up with James Beard Award Winner, Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club to create and produce wonderful recipes for artisan pops with the finest available fresh and local ingredients. Enjoy a free pop in the JP VIP area! Flavors: Peaches & Cream, Chocolate Espresso, and Raspberry Basil. Limited quantities.

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!

Volunteer

  • Attend the event for free
  • Enjoy one drink ticket
  • Park for free in the Museum lot

Apply to Volunteer

ArtBreak: Lethal Beauty

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 Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D. Join us for a tour of the exhibition Lethal Beauty. Please note that you must purchase a ticket for this ArtBreak. Tickets to Lethal Beauty are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members. 

Japanese Film Festival: Seven Samurai

Japanese Film Festival
AUGUST 7-10 // FREE

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 10 // 1PM // Seven Samurai (1954), Akira Kurosawa, 207 minutes

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope. Nominated for two Academy Awards.

*Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase Sunday.
** The exhibition Lethal Beauty will be open until 5PM on Sunday. Last entry into the exhibition is 4PM. Must have ticket to enter; member tickets are always FREE!