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Birds & Botanicals: Backyard Art & Science

Curated by Haley Rutledge, Research Fellow Are you looking for a fun way to combine art and science? We’ve got you covered! This digital exhibition explores how art and science were intertwined throughout the 18th and 19th century. Activities are included that you can do from home using the BMA’s collection of bird and botanical prints as inspiration. Illustrations of plants and animals have a vast history dating back to antiquity. These…

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Black History Month: 10 Artists You Should Know

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting 10 important artists whose work is on view now at the Birmingham Museum of Art. While the Museum takes the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month in February, we are dedicated to collecting work by African and African American artists year round. Our collection includes work by artists like Kara Walker, Ebony Patterson, Hank Willis Thomas, Shinique Smith, Wilmer Wilson, and Kerry James…

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Roaming: American Artists Explore the Outdoors

The outdoors is a trending topic this summer. The Senate just passed the Great American Outdoors Act—channeling funding to maintenance of national parks—and this June also marked the 156th anniversary of the creation of the national parks system. For months, nature has also been one of few spaces that residents of the United States have continued to flock to for recreation. Although natural spaces might feel particularly central in this moment,…

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Return to the Written Word

Curated by Laura Woodard, Librarian, Hanson Library Unaccustomed to spending so much time within the confines of home, many of us are seeking creative and inspiring ways to invest our time. Technology still rules much of the day, but returning to low-tech activities like baking, gardening, and reading offers a break from increased screen time. We are excited to share this digital exhibition focusing on the joys of reading, visual storytelling,…

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1880 Crow Peace Delegation

Wendy Red Star, United States, Native American, Crow, born 1981, Peelatchiwaaxpáash / Medicine Crow (Raven) from the series 1880 Crow Peace Delegation, 2014, inkjet print and red ink on paper; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Estate of Clyde W. Oyster, 2019.31a This work by Wendy Red Star, entitled 1880 Crow Peace Delegation, consists of 10 historic photographs that have been scanned and digitally manipulated. The original portraits…

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Year in Review 2018

…For seven years now, the BMA has partnered with UAB to host Art In Medicine, a program in which medical students study the BMA collection in order to improve to skills of observation and empathy for enhanced patient care….

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One Hundred Thirty Seven Years of Le Matin, temps brumeux, Pourville

Claude Monet, French, 1840–1926, Le Matin, temps brumeux, Pourville (Foggy Morning at Pourville), 1882, oil on canvas;Museum purchase with funds provided by 1977 and 1980-1983Museum Dinner and Balls, 1981.40 By Shannon Bewley, Provenance Research Fellow New research on the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Le Matin, temps brumeux, Pourville (Foggy Morning at Pourville) by Claude Monet traces the painting’s provenance back to the artist himself….

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Wedgwood and the Royal Prussian Iron Foundries

Vase, about 1820, attributed to the Royal Prussian Iron Foundry, Berlin, Germany (operated 1804-1874), cast iron. Museum purchase with funds given in memory of Frederick J. Forschler; and provided by the estate of Janus Elizabeth Y. Ellenburg, Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. Hanson II, and Elisabeth C. Brower, by exchange 2017.36 In the 18th century, the Wedgwood world extended beyond English borders. The influence of the pottery established by Josiah…

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Vive la France!

Pair of Candlesticks, France, 1872, gilt bronze and cloisonné enamel, Bronze caster: Ferdinand Barbedienne, France, 1810–1892; Decorator: Louis-Constant Sévin, France, 1821–1888; Chaser: Désiré Attarge, France, about 1820–1878; Museum purchasewith funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Chester Huck, by exchange 2017.37.1-.2 The BMA has recently added this stunning pair of candlesticks to its permanent collection. Made in 1872, the candlesticks reflect…

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The Other Side

Digital Exhibition: Curated by Laura C. Woodard, Librarian, Hanson Library at the Birmingham Museum of Art We don’t typically visit museums to look at the bottoms of objects or the backs of paintings. It’s fair to say that almost no one would recognize the back of a famous work before recognizing the front, the public facing side. But the other side can often give us valuable clues about the provenance of a work of art, where the work has…