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Sep 15

Charlie Lucas

September 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual
Free

Click play to watch the event! https://vimeo.com/457870653 Join us for a virtual ArtBreak! Each month, we'll take a 30-minute lunch break to explore art and the creative process led by curators, educators, artists, and special guests every month. For the first installment we will visit the studio of contemporary sculptor and Alabama native, Charlie Lucas. Charlie will discuss a series of questions conceived by our William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, Katelyn D. Crawford, Ph.D. to shed light on…

Oct 20

Virtual Art Break: Seeing Music in Indian Art

Virtual Art Break: Seeing Music in Indian Art

October 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Virtual
Free

As a prelude to the Indian Cultural Society's virtual fall classical concert, featuring Ramneek Singh, join Katherine Anne Paul, the Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art for an Art Break that illustrates how music is made visual in Indian sculpture, painting, and textiles. Click play to start the event https://vimeo.com/470265483 The Indian Cultural Society (ICS) at the Birmingham Museum of Art was established to promote all forms of Indian art and culture. The Museum, thanks to…

Nov 24

The Hidden Identity of Migrant Labor

The Hidden Identity of Migrant Labor

November 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Virtual
Free

For this installment of our virtual ArtBreak, join 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, for a virtual conversation about the hidden identities of labor. Inspired by the central position of agricultural laborers in our latest exhibition, An Epic of Earth and Water: Clare Leighton and the “New England Industries Series",…

Dec 15

ArtBreak: Lawrence and Libraries

ArtBreak: Lawrence and Libraries

December 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual
Free

Join us for a conversation with Reba Williams which examines the relationship between archives, access, and art, and 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, the 135th Street Branch, to create his Struggle series, the subject of our latest exhibition. Stick around for a live Q&A with Reba after…

Jan 19

ArtBreak: The Labor that Builds our Nation

ArtBreak: The Labor that Builds our Nation

January 19 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Virtual
Free

In this program, Victoria Siciliano, Director of Administration and Fundraising with Adelante Alabama, gives us a firsthand look at the advocacy work Adelante does to promote the rights, dignity and justice of immigrant workers. In panel 29 of the series Struggle...From the History of the American People, artist Jacob Lawrence paints from the perspective of the laborers who built the Erie Canal. Lawrence visualizes their accomplishment, with the builders occupying the majority of the picture plane. Using Lawrence’s work as…

Feb 11

ArtBreak

ArtBreak

Confronting an Ugly Past, Building a Beautiful Future: The Legacy of Jim Crow at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual
Free

In this virtual talk, Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director, will discuss the Museum’s history in the era of segregation and trace the integration of its collections and exhibition program. Boettcher will also present new information about Corietta Mitchell, who in 1963, became the first African American artist to exhibit at the BMA. Register: Visitors who register will receive a reminder email ahead of the event and will have the opportunity to submit a question for the…

Mar 16

ArtBreak: Women Artists of Alabama

ArtBreak: Women Artists of Alabama

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual
Free

Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, The R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, will provide a richly illustrated overview of significant early 20th-century women artists of Alabama, including Clara Weaver Parrish, Carrie Hill, Anne Goldthwaite, Zelda Fitzgerald, Geneva Mercer, and Lucille Douglass, among others. Share your thoughts and questions virtually for our 15 minute Q&A at the end of this discussion! Register: Visitors who register will receive a reminder email ahead of the event and will have the…

Apr 20

ArtBreak: Logging in Alabama

ArtBreak: Logging in Alabama

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Virtual
Free

Join us for a virtual conversation with Joel Moon, executive director of Alabama Loggers Council (ALC), to discuss the ways logging has contributed to the state. Inspired by Clare Leighton's work and the twelve industries she highlighted in her Wedgwood commission, this ArtBreak focuses on the logging industry in Alabama.  ALC works to enhance the public image of logging and the forest industry as a whole. In addition to its advocacy, ALC's activities include the development of safety programs and…

Jun 15

ArtBreak: The Importance of Stereoscopy

ArtBreak: The Importance of Stereoscopy

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Virtual
Free

Our current exhibition Ways of Seeing: The Art of Travel, Trade, and Transportation includes many stereoscopic images from Keystone Viewing Company. Stereoscopy was immensely popular in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries and offered viewers an accessible form of armchair travel. In this talk, we consider the importance of stereoscopic photography and its relevance today. Dorothy Ogdon, Head of Emerging Technology and System Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, guides us through the history of stereoscopy and how…

Aug 17

ArtBreak // Profile of a Young Woman

ArtBreak // Profile of a Young Woman

August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join Erin Croxton, the BMA’s 2020 Goodrich Fellow, and Robert Schindler Ph.D., curator of European art, as they discuss the work Profile of a Young Woman, created by Mino da Fiesole in the mid-1400s. Learn about the efforts taken to uncover the provenance of a bas-relief sculpture currently on view in the European galleries. Provenance research not only verifies an artwork’s authenticity but also aids in telling the rich history of an object. In this discussion, we'll explore the difficulties…

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