Behind the Mask

Emily G. Hanna, Ph.D. Senior Curator, Arts of Africa and the Americas Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion This spectacular mask, over six feet tall, comes from Burkina Faso, a small land-locked country in West Africa. It was made by Yacouba Bonde, a sculptor who belongs to the Bwa ethnic group. During graduate school, I […]

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 […]

Porcelain Performers: The Art of Comedy

Curated by: Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, PhD, Chief Curator and The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts Meissen’s Commedia dell’Arte Figures In the 18th century in Europe, roving theatrical groups traveled from town to town providing entertainment for commoners and royalty alike. One of these groups, the Commedia dell’Arte, was immortalized […]

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 […]

The Art of Demon-Quelling in Asia

Curated by: Katherine Anne Paul, PhD The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art Birmingham Museum of Art Humanity, the world over, constantly grapples with life-threatening challenges—both physical and mental, historically and currently. This focused digital exhibition introduces different ways cultural traditions in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Tibet, Mongolia, and Vietnam have addressed […]

I Spy: A Game of Conscious Viewing

Curated By: Hina Zaidi, Curatorial Assistant “Title is an invisible color” – Marcel Duchamp “A painting for me, speaks by itself; what good does it do, after all to impart explanations? A painter has only one language.” – Pablo Picasso Artists have expressed a range of sentiments about naming or titling their works of art. […]

How Tea Swept a Nation

UAB Curatorial Fellow Meagan Bailey and Chief Curator Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch explore the introduction of tea to Europe and the teawares it inspired.

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. […]

Black female figure crawling across the screen of a large analog television, indicated by the brown, paneled frame and two large, black dials on the right hand side. The background is comprised of long strips of colored paper – white, yellow, light blue, green army camouflage, fuchsia, stars and stripes, and cobalt blue – that are arranged in the form of the SMPTE (The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) color bars test pattern. Though the central figure crawls across this pattern, she also appears to emerge from it as the long piece of camouflage paper dissects her body at the waist. She has wild, black, tentacles for hair. Her face is rendered with several small pieces of colored paper – red, pink, yellow, blue, green, and white. The outside of her left arm, as well as the inside of her right arm are constructed in a similar manner, made out of various sized colored triangular paper. She also wears a leopard print bikini.

Screen Time

Screen Time is a selection of works by artists influenced by screens, big and small.