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Jan 07

Art in Conversation: The Relocation of Temple Abu Simbel

January 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am | Virtual
Free

Join curatorial assistant Hina Zaidi for 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 doing so, it would submerge the temple. Learn more about the incredible multinational effort by the Egyptian and Sudanese governments to save this valuable building.…

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Jun 10

Art in Conversation: Rebuilding our Communities

June 10, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Virtual
Free

Can art help us reimagine our communities? How can we use the arts to create systems and strategies for change? This program highlights the work of The Color Project and Ensley Alive, organizations that use art to present a counter-narrative for Birmingham’s Ensley neighborhood with the goal of erasing the negative connotations associated with this historic community. This program underscores the importance of being seen, depicted, and telling one’s own history as seen in themes of our current exhibition, All…

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Sep 16

Art in Conversation

Power Women of Asia

Registration required

September 16, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join curatorial assistant Hina Zaidi for an insider look of the Power Women rotation in the Asian galleries which explores the ways art can help us to look critically at the social standards to which women have been held.

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Oct 13

Weaving Together Southeastern Indigenous Art and Ecology

In-Person - Free Registration

October 13, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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 changes. Traditional artistic motifs often seek to restore balance, much like natural processes of the land that birthed these ancient cultures. Learn how regenerating ecological…

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Nov 10

Rediscovering Travel & Trade in Modern Times

In-Person - Registration Required

November 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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 is a nationwide membership network of fully-furnished apartments founded by Birmingham native and Shipt founder Bill Smith and is relocating its headquarters from San Francisco…

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Dec 08

The Transformation of Indigenous Cultural Practices by Colonial Powers

Mairin Odle, Ph.D.

In Person - Registration Required

December 8, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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 Clyde Oyster Bequest to focus on the ways images of Nativeness were adopted and transformed by American artists and society. This program is in conjunction…

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Jan 04

Ancient Objects and Sacred Realms: Interpretations of Mississippian Iconography

F. Kent Reilly III, Ph.D & Eric Singleton, Ph.D.

Virtual Only - Attend Online

January 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Join us for a virtual talk exploring the imagery and symbolism  of Mississippian art and its relevance in ritual activities, cosmological vision, and ideology. This discussion will be 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 the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the co-curators of the BMA’s current exhibition, Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders: Ancient Native…

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Feb 02

Reparations Now!

Ashley Jones, Poet Laureate of the state of Alabama

In Person - Registration Required

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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, the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, will join Jones in conversation.

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May 11

Dear Black Son Project

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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 of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and her MFA from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2017. Morgan currently is a Postdoctoral Research Associate…

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Jun 01

Art in Conversation: Hidden in Plain Sight: Queer Art in a Deep Southern Museum

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Founded in 1951 as a department of the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Museum of Art has grown to become one of the Deep South’s largest art museums, housing more than 27,000 works of art from across history and around the globe. In a richly illustrated talk, Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, will unpack the museum’s complex and sometimes surprising history of collecting the work of LGBTQ artists, sharing examples…

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