The BMA’s latest exhibition, Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art, opens tomorrow. While this is an exhibition you truly must see for yourself, here are five things to know about Third Space before you do.
- This FREE exhibition features over 100 works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The BMA’s collection includes more than 26,000 works of art dating from ancient to modern times. These works can’t all be on display at the same time due to space restrictions and conservation requirements. Many of the pieces you will see in Third Space have either never been on view or haven’t been for many years!
- This exhibition represents the works of over 90 international artists. Third Space features artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Ebony G. Patterson, Mark Bradford, José Bedia, Thornton Dial, and William Christenberry. With its underlying theme of making connections between the American South and the Global South, it was important to include works by artists from around the world and right here in Alabama.
- This exhibition was curated by BMA Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Wassan Al-Khudhairi. When she joined the staff in 2014, Wassan set her sights on presenting the Museum’s collection in new ways and using it to start conversations about the world we live in. Third Space, her first major exhibition, does just that. The title of the exhibition refers to the idea of a shared alternative space that brings together a combination of cultures and ideas.
- Auburn University’s Rural Studio created a work for Third Space. Rural Studio produced a work of art that serves as a gathering space for reflection and contemplation within the gallery. Founded and headquartered in nearby Hale County, Alabama, Rural Studio is an off-campus, design-build program of the university that provides affordable building solutions to underserved populations across the country. Once the exhibition closes, the sculpture will be repurposed for the construction of a house for the 20K Home project.
- Over the course of this two-year exhibition, the Museum will host Chapters, a program series created to encourage ongoing discussion. Chapters will invite artists from around the country to Birmingham to discuss their respective practices and ideas surrounding the exhibition. Six Chapters will take place during the exhibition and will include artists working in a range of disciplines with varying backgrounds, from the academically trained to the self-taught. Join us on April 18 for Chapter 01 to hear artist Glenn Kaino and olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith discuss their collaboration on Bridge, which is part of the exhibition.
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