11th annual Holi Festival Dance Performances

The BMA and the Indian Cultural Society celebrated the 11th annual Holi Festival sponsored by Medical Properties Trust, the Indian celebration of color. This popular event brings communities together for a fun-filled day celebrating Indian culture and featuring music, dance, food, henna, art-making, and gallery exploration. Check out the dance performances of the 2022 celebration […]

The ReFRAME Lecture: Manjari Sharma – Play through It

For the featured lecture of The (Spring) ReFRAME, join Brooklyn-based artist, Manjari Sharma, for a discussion on her career and her latest exhibition at the BMA, Expanding Darshan: Manjari Sharma, To See and Be Seen. In this artist lecture, Sharma will explore the power of tapping into the potential of our unique experiences and distinguished […]

Art in Conversation: Reparations Now!

Join Ashley M. Jones, Poet Laureate of the State of Alabama, for poetry readings alongside works in our American collection. Jones, the youngest poet laureate and first Black woman to hold the position in the state, teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and recently published a collection of poems, Reparations Now! Dr. Katelyn Crawford, […]

ArtBreak: Uncovering Provenance

  Join Erin Croxton, the BMA’s 2020 Goodrich Fellow, and Robert Schindler Ph.D., curator of European art, as they discuss the efforts taken to uncover the provenance of a bas-relief sculpture currently on exhibition, Profile of a Young Woman, created by Mino da Fiesole in the mid-1400s. Provenance research not only verifies an artwork’s authenticity […]

ArtBreak: Looking Toward a Brighter Future

Join the BMA’s Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art Hallie Ringle for a discussion of the All Things Bright and Beautiful exhibition and the ways these works envision a brighter future through their respective lenses. Given the pandemic that we’re all experiencing, this talk explores the return to normalcy through art! ArtBreaks are presented in honor […]

Art in Conversation: Interpretations of Mississippian Iconography

This virtual talk explores the imagery and symbolism of Mississippian art and its relevance in ritual activities, cosmological vision, and ideology. This discussion is led by F. Kent Reilly III, Ph.D Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University and Adjunct Anthropology Professor at the University of Alabama, and Eric Singleton, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnology for […]

Art in Conversation: The Transformation of Indigenous Cultural Practices by Colonial Powers

Mairin Odle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor for the Department of American Studies from the University of Alabama, highlights cross-cultural engagements in Indigenous culture and the role of narrative and memory-making in colonial projects (as well as in Indigenous resistance to those projects). This talk references our exhibition Voices So True: New Native American Art from the […]

2021 Native American Heritage Festival Performances

On November 20, 2021 we celebrated the rich Indigenous cultural history of Alabama. This free family-oriented festival featured 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 oneself into our region’s vibrant Native American […]

ArtBreak: The Importance of Archaeology and Excavation

On this ArtBreak, 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 […]