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Highlights Tour // All Things Bright and Beautiful Exhibition
October 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
During the 2020-2021 school year, the Birmingham Museum of Art partnered with Birmingham City Schools’ Wylam Elementary School to curate the exhibition All Things Bright and Beautiful. Join the BMA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Hallie Ringle, for an in-depth look at the exhibition featuring the six works selected by Wylam Elementary Students.
All Things Bright and Beautiful brings together works primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection that look at themes of power and agency. This exhibition takes its name from a painting by Amy Sherald, whose portraits depict Black sitters with pride, dignity, and joy, representation historically only afforded to white people. Some artists in the exhibition look towards power in other creative endeavors, like music. Others contemplate the hidden potential of everyday objects by transforming them into works of art. Several artists engage the representation of space and architecture–including museum spaces–to discover the dynamics of power. Considered together, these works illustrate the importance of being seen, choosing how to be depicted, and telling one’s own history.