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Love & Basketball

February 3, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our popular Art After 5 events feature Birmingham’s best for an evening of art, music, makers activities, where art and pop culture collide! Inspired by our current exhibition Ways of Seeing: Sports and Games and Valentine’s Day, February’s Art After 5 theme will be Love and Basketball. Channel your inner Monica or Quincy and make a game plan to head to the BMA for a night celebrating themes of love and sport in art. If you haven’t seen the cult-classic movie, we’ll be screening the film at the event which will also feature chocolate tastings, speciality drinks, collage making and some fun surprises. Bring your neighbor, and remember: all’s fair in love and basketball!

Heartbreak Highball // 5-9pm // Bar – *While Supplies Last*

Feeling a little heartbroken this Valentine’s Day? Come and join us for a special Heartbreak Highball tasting! This delicious drink, inspired by the film “Love & Basketball,” is a special v-day margarita made with orange, soda, tequila, lemon, bitters, and star fruit agave — the perfect spirit to lift your spirits, and help you forget all about that heartbreak. Our limited quantities of free tastings will be available while supplies last!

Hot Shot Basketball // 5-9pm // Cafe

Come and show off your basketball skills with our fun and exciting “Hot Shot” basketball game! Inspired by the classic film “Love & Basketball,” this game will test your accuracy and speed as you try to sink as many baskets as possible in a set amount of time. The game is open to players of all ages and skill levels, so come and join the fun!

Love & Basketball Movie Screening // 5-9pm // Cafe

Join us for a special screening of the classic 90’s film “Love & Basketball!” This romantic sports drama directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, is a must-see for fans of the genre. The movie tells the story of Monica and Quincy, two friends and basketball players who fall in love over the years, and how their love for each other and the game intersects. This film is a beautiful representation of love, passion, and the power of perseverance.

Art of Affection: A Valentine’s Day Collage Art Activity // 5-9pm // Main Lobby

Join us for a fun and creative collage activity inspired by the work of collage artist Tameca Cole and her Kobe Bryant-inspired piece currently on display in our exhibition Ways of Seeing: Sports & Games. Using a variety of materials such as magazines, newspapers, and other paper ephemera, you’ll be able to create a unique and personal message that expresses your love and appreciation. This activity is open to all ages, so bring the whole family and get creative together! Use the medium of collage to create a unique and personal message to someone or something you love!

Love on Court: A 360 Valentine’s Day Tribute to Love & Basketball // 5-9pm // Main Lobby

Step into the spotlight and capture a special moment with your loved one or friends on the court. This year, we’re celebrating Black History Month by paying tribute to the iconic film Love & Basketball. To make your photo even more special, we’re providing you with a heart-shaped dry-erase board for you to write a message to your loved one or a quote from the movie. As you step into the photo booth, the camera will rotate 360 degrees, capturing your message, creating a unique and memorable image.

Spread Love: It’s the Birmingham Way! // 5-9pm // Cafe

Join us for a fun and meaningful activity brought to you by Elevators, a local organization that connects communities and organizations. For this Art after 5 the BMA is collaborating with the organization to kick off the inaugural celebration of 205 Day, a homegrown pep rally that celebrates Birmingham’s history, culture, economy, and natural beauty. For this activity, visitors can write positive affirmations on paper hearts, which will then be thoughtfully organized and strung as garlands for them to view. These garlands will be presented to organizations in the community that work with those that need love the most. It’s a fun way to spread the love and show the generosity that Birmingham is known for.

Choco-licious Tastings by Michelle’s Chocolate Lab // 5-9pm // Cafe

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be giving out limited amounts of free tastings of chocolate dipped oreos from Michelle’s Chocolate Lab, a local maker of crafted sweets based here in Birmingham. But that’s not all — there will also be other decadent options available on their menu for purchase like bar cookies, truffles, chocolate-dipped cheesecake and more! Indulge in the rich and creamy chocolate, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth and celebrating the month of love.

Hearts for Art // 5-9pm // Museum-wide

Ready to fall in love with art? The Birmingham Museum of Art will once again participate in the Hearts for Art project throughout the month of February.

From February 1 through 14, visitors may pick up paper hearts at the Museum’s front desk and leave them by their favorite works of art while they walk around the galleries. As works of art accumulate ‘likes,’ visitors will be able to see which pieces in our collection are the most beloved. Hearts are available at both Museum entrances.

Share a photo of your artwork crushes with the paper heart on social media and tag #heartsforart and @bhammuseum. We’ll repost some of our favorite shots!

Hearts for Art began seven years ago at the Oakland Museum of California and the Columbus Museum of Art. Since then, museums across the country, including the BMA, have joined in. We can’t wait to see what works are your favorites this year!