Behind The Scenes: Shiva Has Landed!

On Monday, January 25, the Museum geared up for one very special delivery: the newest addition to the Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Sculpture Garden. The sculpture, Shiva Nataraja (Lord of Dance), is a contemporary Indian piece donated to the Museum through funds given by Dora and Sanjay Singh. Shiva, the Auspicious One, is shown here as […]

Art Matters: Conservation On Paper

The BMA has received many beautiful works on paper over the years, and most recently, some important prints from the collection of Roy Green. It was becoming apparent that the staff should have some continuing education to increase skill levels and minimally treat the works before exhibiting them. Works on paper have special care requirements, […]

European Masters on Paper

The Museum recently received a very generous gift of nine works on paper and two books from Roy Curtis Green. The gift includes four prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi from his famous Views of Rome, etched between 1747 and his death in 1778, which record noteworthy places and buildings in Rome, especially the city’s ancient […]

A Glimpse into Inuit Life

By Emily Hanna, Ph.D., Curator, Arts of Africa and the Americas The drawings of Annie Pootoogook capture the small, ordinary moments that make up the routine of a day, such as this work depicting an unshaven man brushing his teeth. This is a moment that occurs in households everywhere—it could be anyone. An interesting detail […]

Yes Sir, That’s My Baby

By Graham Boettcher, Ph.D., The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art Last fall, thanks to the generosity of James Milton and Sallie Johnson, the Museum acquired this exquisite and whimsical Art Deco bronze sculpture entitled Cupid and Gazelle, created in 1919 by the German-born American artist Carl Paul Jennewein. The sculpture, which celebrates the […]

Merrily We Roll Along

The BMA has a fine collection of “glass house whimsies”—also known as “end-of-the-day glass”—which were items made by glass workers on their own time, for their own use and enjoyment, or to demonstrate their skill. These include glass canes, smoking pipes, swords, gavels, and this colorful rolling pin, recently given by longtime BMA docent Anne Burnette and her sister, Juanita Kilpatrick.

A New Look at Contemporary Artists

Catherine and William Cabaniss have generously donated two significant prints by outstanding artists Radcliffe Bailey and Chris Ofili in honor of Ron Platt’s seven-year tenure as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

A Major Gift of Japanese Treasures

Dr. Roy T. Ward from Watkinsville, Georgia, has been a friend of the Museum for over twenty years. His first donation of Japanese prints to the collection came in 1995, and, since then, he has generously donated other outstanding Japanese prints and woodblock printed books to the Museum. This past summer Dr. Ward invited Donald Wood, the Museum’s Asian Art curator, to visit and choose gifts for the Museum from his collection.

“Jazzed” By Discovery of a Rare Print

While the majority of the BMA’s purchased acquisitions come from commercial galleries and auction houses, occasionally museum-quality works of art surface in unexpected places. This past October, our Curator of American Art, Graham Boettcher, found such a work in a Chicago antique store.