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Art Break: Barbershop Sign

Art Break: Barbershop Sign

December 1, 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, the Ghanaian piece Barbershop Sign (Oginga Cut).

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.

Open Studio Series

October 29, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

Open Studio Series

October 22, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

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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.

Open Studio Series

October 15, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

Eighteenth Annual Rushton Concert: Sean Chen

Eighteenth Annual Rushton Concert: Sean Chen

October 13, 2015

Hailed as a rising star, 26-year-old pianist Sean Chen is most widely recognized for his “formidable set of fingers” and “million-volt smile”(Dallas Morning News). Originally from Oak Park, California, Chen then studied at Julliard College and then went on to receive his Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music. In 2013, Chen won the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist; he also won Third Prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the first American to reach the finals since 1997. He received Second Prize at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, Third Prize at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition, Best Performance of an American Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, and he was a semifinalist at the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition.
Join us before the concert at 6pm for a tour of the European Art Galleries with Curator of European Art, Robert Schindler, Ph.D. The auditorium doors will open at 7pm for the concert.

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

Open Studio Series

October 8, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

ArtBreak: So Close to Heaven

ArtBreak: So Close to Heaven

October 6, 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, our exhibition So Close to Heaven: Sacred Sculpture of Asia from the Weldon Collection.

Open Studio Series

October 1, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

Open Studio Series

September 24, 2015

Entire series: $65 Museum members / $75 non-members; Drop-ins: $20

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill.

Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Click here to register now!

Lecture: Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Issues of Religion

Lecture: Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Issues of Religion

September 16, 2015

Co-sponsored by the Friends of American Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Birmingham-Southern College
This lecture examines the significance of religious belief in the making and meaning of modern American art. Looking at American moderns ranging in stylistic diversity from Joseph Cornell and Mark Tobey to Agnes Pelton, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol, it further considers why religion was largely excluded in the history of modern American art, especially as that history was shaped in the early through mid-twentieth-century. How might the visual, material, and affective dimensions of religious belief enrich our thinking about modern American art?

Erika Doss is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary American art and cultural studies. Her most recent book is Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (University of Chicago Press, 2010). She is co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and on the editorial boards of Public Art Dialogue and Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. Her current book project is Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Religion.

Museum Business Offices Closed

September 7, 2015

Please note that the Museum business offices will be closed for Labor Day. The Museum, as it always is on Mondays, will remain closed. The Museum will reopen during normal hours on Tuesday, September 8, at 10AM.

Lecture: Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals

Lecture: Looking Forward, Looking Back: History and Meaning in Hale Woodruff’s Talladega Murals

August 26, 2015

Join us for a lecture with the High Museum of Art’s Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art Stephanie Heydt, Ph.D., who will discuss the historical context and meaning found within Hale Woodruff’s murals.

Dr. Heydt joined the High Museum of Art in 2009. Before coming to the High, Stephanie was curator of collections at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida, and Research Associate in the American Art Department at the Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Heydt received her Masters of Arts in Art History from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. From 1995 until 2001 Stephanie worked in the Education and Curatorial departments at the Terra Museum of American Art (now the Terra Foundation for American Art) in Chicago. She has contributed to and authored numerous exhibition catalogues, including Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College and Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and essay contributions for collection catalogues for the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the American Art Department at the Fogg Art Museum, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

ArtBreak: Hale Woodruff: Two Perspectives

ArtBreak: Hale Woodruff: Two Perspectives

August 25, 2015

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 Professor Emeritus at Talladega College Arthur Bacon, Ph.D., and Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries’ Tina Dunkley, who will lead a discussion on Hale Woodruff, both his life and his work.