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Open Studio Series

October 29, 2015

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.

Open Studio Series

October 22, 2015

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.

Open Studio Series

October 15, 2015

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.

Open Studio Series

October 8, 2015

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.

Open Studio Series

October 1, 2015

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.

Open Studio Series

September 24, 2015

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.

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.

Painting in Watercolor: Workshop for Kids

August 29, 2015

Bring your lunch for one-hour lunch break (noon–1pm)

Children will have a fun painting experience learning the basics of painting in watercolors with artist and teacher, Cynthia Massey Parsons. The day will start with How To Make Color “Behave” and will proceed with step-by-step instructions leading to a finished watercolor!

The class is open to kids ages 10 to 14.

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.

Slow Art Sunday: Woman in a Green Coat

August 23, 2015

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 Betty Grisham’s Woman in a Green Coat.

Festival: Hip Hop And You Don’t Stop

August 22, 2015

Enjoy dance performances, try spinning and scratching with a DJ, test your drawing skills with activities in comics and animation, and enjoy special tours of BMA artworks influenced by urban culture.

Noon-1PM: Hip Hop Dance Demonstration and Learn a Dance
1PM– 2PM: DJ Scratching and Hip Hop Beats
1:30PM– 2PM: Story Time Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop
2PM: Lecture: Hip Hop and Visual Culture, Regina Bradley, PhD
3PM -4PM: Style Wars Screening

Ongoing:

95.7 Jamz Truck – Giveaways and Broadcasting Live
Art activities for all ages
Docent-Led Teen and Young Adult Tours of Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College and Black Like Who?
Scavenger Hunt
Food Trucks

BMA Speaks to Birmingham

BMA Speaks to Birmingham

August 21, 2015

BMA Speaks gets a facelift! Join us for a new format including poetry, spoken word, hot topics, and guest speakers. Each program will highlight a specific work of art from the Museum’s collection or special exhibition that relates to a current topic.

This month, hosts Sharrif Simmons and Max Rykov will focus on a work from the exhibition Black Like Who?. Cash bar will be available.

Painting in Watercolor: Workshop for Adults

August 15, 2015

Bring your lunch for one-hour lunch break (noon-1pm)

Join Cynthia Massey Parsons for a comprehensive painting in watercolor workshop. Parsons is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and she has taught numerous watercolor painting classes and workshops. Bring your supplies and plan on an informative, fun, and exciting day of painting and color theory.

Ages 15 and up, beginners to advanced, are all welcome!