5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at the BMA

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The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to celebrate the historical and contemporary contributions of black artists throughout the year, and Black History Month is no exception. Check out five different ways you can celebrate in February along with us, from a night out to a new work of art. Admission to the Museum is always free.

Enjoy a Night Out
Come out to the BMA for some after-hours fun on Friday, February 7, for Art After 5: A Night in Wakanda, themed around the award-winning film, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. Along with a screening of the film, visitors will enjoy the Heart of Wakanda signature cocktail, Afro futuristic sounds by DJ Dolly, Black Panther games, digital tours, and more. Admission is free.

Check Out a New Work of Art
See the Museum’s most recent acquisition titled Dejygea by modern artist Mavis Pusey, located in our American galleries. Mavis Pusey was a leading abstract artist whose work went largely under recognized during her long career. After her death in 2019, The New York Times profiled the artist and quoted curator Hallie Ringle, “Black abstract artists, particularly black women abstract artists, were often overlooked or rejected for their stylistic choices, yet Pusey retained a focused thematic vision of her work throughout the entirety of her career.”

Titusville, from the series REDLINE, 2017, Celestia Morgan (American, born 1981), archival pigment print, sheet: 36 × 36 in. (91.4 × 91.4 cm), image: 32 × 32 in. (81.3 × 81.3 cm), Museum purchase with partial funds provided by the Sperling Family Charitable Foundation in memory of David and Natalie Sperling T.2019.48

Visit a Powerful Exhibition
Check out the current exhibition Celestia Morgan: REDLINE, a series of photographs and small sculptures by artist Celestia Morgan that explores housing discrimination in Birmingham. Birmingham-based artist Morgan was raised and currently lives in neighborhoods that were once redlined, inspiring photographs in which she places the silhouettes of those Birmingham neighborhoods against photographs of idyllic blue skies.

Explore the African Galleries
View a new rotation of works in our African galleries, located on the second floor. Representing artists from many African countries, these galleries contain sculpture, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, masks, and more created by artists living today and hundreds of years ago.

Take a Scavenger Hunt of the Museum
Have some fun exploring the galleries with a scavenger hunt that highlights some of the most significant works by black artists in our collection. Set up like a Connect Four game, this activity gives the visitor 10 different ways to play! Scavenger hunts can be picked up at either of our two entrances.