Jacob Lawrence & History Forward

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Local dancer Chris Pugh is a professional dancer born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Pugh uses dance to impact and influence the world around him in a positive way, with the belief that dance helps him reach people in ways that sometimes words cannot.

Art in Conversation: The Relocation of Temple Abu Simbel

  Curatorial assistant Hina Zaidi takes a virtual deep dive into the relocation of temple Abu Simbel, which is featured in a lithograph in our latest exhibition, Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments. In 1950, the Aswan Dam had to be constructed to control unpredictable annual Nile floods, but the Egyptian people realized that by […]

ArtBreak: Lawrence and Libraries

WATCH: This conversation with Reba Williams examines the relationship between archives, access, and art, as well as the Civil Rights legacy of the Smithfield Library. Williams is currently a librarian at the Smithfield Branch Library and a PhD Student at the University of Alabama. Artist Jacob Lawrence relied on his local library in New York, […]

Jacob Lawrence Through My Eyes – Erin Mitchell

Artist Erin Mitchell shared her perspective on a selection of Jacob Lawrence’s panels and how it inspires her practice. Local interdisciplinary artist Erin LeAnn Mitchell’s work gained worldwide exposure in 2018 when it was featured on the hit Fox television series Empire. Last year, the Birmingham Committee for Truth and Reconciliation commissioned her to create […]

Artbreak: The Hidden Identity of Migrant Labor

  Chief Curator & Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts, Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, HICA’s Program Manager for Empowering Communities, Estela Tirado, and Dominique Villanueva, the Executive Director of Fountain Heights Farm, host a virtual conversation about the hidden identities of labor. Inspired by the central position of agricultural laborers […]

Curator Talk: Jacob Lawrence & The Struggle Series

Curator Talk: Jacob Lawrence & The Struggle Series Katelyn D. Crawford, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, who is curating Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle at the BMA, introduced the series in conversation with the exhibition’s curator Austen Barron Bailly, formerly of the Peabody Essex Museum and now Chief Curator at Crystal Bridges […]

Amy Sherald: In Conversation

The BMA was pleased to welcome American painter Amy Sherald as the speaker of its 2020 Chenoweth Lecture. This virtual conversation with Sherald was led by Curator of Contemporary Art Hallie Ringle and our Manager of Public Programs Carey Fountain. They discussed Amy’s work, studio practice, her iconic portraits ,and her piece All Things Bright […]