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Oct 16

Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project

Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project

In-Person - Free Registration

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Join us for an in-person performance of the traditional Jingle Dress Dance followed by a presentation and Q&A discussion with artist Eugene Tapahe and the dancers. “The jingle dance of the Ojibwe people originated during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19,” says Eugene Tapahe. “It came as a dream to a father whose daughter was sick with the virus. His dream revealed a dress and a dance that had the power to heal. When the dresses were made, they were given…

Oct 19

Bird Motifs in Mississippian Art

Bird Motifs in Mississippian Art

In-Person - Free Registration

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join Ansel Payne, PhD, Executive Director for Alabama Audubon, for an exploration of the bird motifs seen in Mississippian art and its relation to attributes of these native species. This talk suggests interpretation of these motifs by equating them with the nature of these creatures to suggest concepts that validate their symbolic representation in Mississippian culture. ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington's twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs, which bring curators, educators, artists,…

Oct 20

Highlights Tour // All Things Bright and Beautiful Exhibition

Highlights Tour // All Things Bright and Beautiful Exhibition

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Birmingham Museum of Art partnered with Birmingham City Schools’ Wylam Elementary School to curate the exhibition All Things Bright and Beautiful. Join the BMA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Hallie Ringle, for an in-depth look at the exhibition featuring the six works selected by Wylam Elementary Students. All Things Bright and Beautiful brings together works primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection that look at themes of power and agency. This exhibition takes its name from a…

Oct 24

Highlights Tour // Horrible Hairstyles at the BMA!

Highlights Tour // Horrible Hairstyles at the BMA!

In-Person - Registration Required

October 24 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

Everyone has bad hair days, and the subjects in works of art are no exception. Join associate director of learning and engagement, Angela May, as she explores some of the most horrible hairstyles the BMA collection has to offer. Register below and meet in the main lobby of the BMA for the guided tour. Each highlights tour offers an intimate look at specific areas of the BMA collection with a BMA curator or educator. Join us to learn something new…

Oct 27

Highlights Tour // Ways of Seeing: Travel, Trade, and Transportation

Highlights Tour // Ways of Seeing: Travel, Trade, and Transportation

In-Person - Registration Required

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join curator of Asian art, Dr. Katherine Paul, for a tour of our current exhibition Ways of Seeing: Travel, Trade and Transportation, an exhibition that brings together over seventy objects from BMA’s permanent collection to explore subjects of travelling for both pleasure and necessity. Register below and meet in the lobby for this guided tour. Each highlights tour offers an intimate look at specific areas of the BMA collection with a BMA curator or educator. Join us to learn something…

Nov 04

Annual Chenoweth Lecture

Annual Chenoweth Lecture

Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art

In Person - Registration required

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The BMA is pleased to welcome Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as the speaker of its Annual Chenoweth Lecture. Feldman will present Building a National Collection in a Changing Nation. The National Gallery of Art is an institution of intriguing paradox. Founded by millionaire Andrew Mellon to educate a monolithic populace and to bestow contemporary ideas of good taste, Mellon's offering was in fact a grand populist gesture, a true gift to the…

Nov 10

Rediscovering Travel & Trade in Modern Times

Rediscovering Travel & Trade in Modern Times

In-Person - Registration Required

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

In conjunction with our current exhibition Ways of Seeing: Travel Trade and Transportation, we explore the ways technology continues to enhance how we interact and ways accessibility becomes critical. Birmingham is a hub of creative companies that have both reinvented and redefined how travel, trade, and transportation can be enhanced through innovative business models.  Landing is a nationwide membership network of fully-furnished apartments founded by Birmingham native and Shipt founder Bill Smith and is relocating its headquarters from San Francisco…

Nov 13

Highlights Tour // Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders and Voices So True

Highlights Tour // Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders and Voices So True

In Person - Registration Required

November 13 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Free

Join Dr. Emily Hanna, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas, for a special tour of two current exhibitions: Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders: Ancient Native Americans of the South and Midwest and Voices So True: New Native American Art from the Clyde Oyster Bequest. Highlights Tour groups meet in the Main Lobby of the BMA. Each Highlights Tour offers an intimate look at specific areas of the BMA collection with a BMA curator or educator. Join…

Nov 17

The Importance of Archaeology and Excavation

The Importance of Archaeology and Excavation

In-Person - Registration Required

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join us for a 30 minute ArtBreak where educational and outreach coordinator for Moundville Archaeological Park, Lindsey Gordon shares her career path into archaeology excavation and the role it plays in the state park. ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington's twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs, which bring curators, educators, artists, and creatives into conversation with the Museum's collection and exhibitions, have been generously funded by Joyce's friends, fellow docents, and members of the Art Focus…

Nov 20

Native American Heritage Festival

Native American Heritage Festival

In-Person

November 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

Celebrate the rich Indigenous cultural history of Alabama. This free family-oriented festival features traditional Indigenous cuisine, storytelling, dance performances, various demonstrations from Indigenous makers across our state, gallery tours, art-making activities, animals presented by The Birmingham Zoo, and more family fun to immerse yourself into our region’s vibrant Native American culture! During your visit, check out two exhibitions celebrating Native heritage from ancient to modern times: Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders and Voices So True. Schedule of Events: 10am -…

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