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Weaving Together Southeastern Indigenous Art and Ecology

Join us for a conversation about how ever-changing ecology impacted southeastern indigenous art from Mississipian times to the present. Sehoy Thrower, an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and Jonathan Davis, a Native American textiles and weaving historian/conservator and weaving artisan, will discuss how these traditional arts have declined with land-use […]


Rediscovering Travel & Trade in Modern Times

In conjunction with our current exhibition Ways of Seeing: Travel Trade and Transportation, we explore the ways technology continues to enhance how we interact and ways accessibility becomes critical. Birmingham is a hub of creative companies that have both reinvented and redefined how travel, trade, and transportation can be enhanced through innovative business models.  Landing […]


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 […]


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 […]


Dear Black Son Project

Local photographer Celestia Morgan speaks about her Dear Black Son Project, which explores the private discussions between Black fathers and their sons, particularly about being Black in America, via portraits juxtaposed with comments or questions. Celestia Cookie Morgan (b.1981) was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her BFA in photography from the University […]


Art In Conversation: Women Artists in Late Imperial China

Art in Conversation is a bi-monthly series at the BMA where curators, museum professionals, and other special guests lead conversations on art and culture. For this talk, Doris Sung, Assistant Professor of Asian Art History at the University of Alabama, discusses women artists and their art practices in late imperial China (from the late 14th […]


Art as Historical Artifacts during the Civil Rights Movement

In conjunction with our latest iteration of Wall to Wall presented by PNC, the BMA welcomes Dr. Martha Bouyer, the educational coordinator for Bethel Baptist Church for an in-depth look into the life and legacy of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth as an integral figure in the Civil Rights Movement. In this talk, Bouyer combines music, poetry […]


Ableism in Sports

In conjunction with our exhibition Ways of Seeing: Sports and Games, this program explores the work of local organizations supporting athletes with disabilities. Ableism, the favoritism towards people without disabilities, plays a tremendous role in athletics. Organizations like the Lakeshore Foundation have offered athletic programs for individuals with disabilities since 1984 and provide opportunities for […]


Growing LGBTQ+ Collections

Art in Conversation is a bi-monthly series at the BMA where curators, museum professionals, and other special guests lead conversations on art and culture. In the latest rotation in our […]