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Jan 19

ArtBreak: The Labor that Builds our Nation

ArtBreak: The Labor that Builds our Nation

January 19, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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…

Oct 19

Bird Motifs in Mississippian Art

Bird Motifs in Mississippian Art

In-Person - Free Registration

October 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join Ansel Payne, PhD, Executive Director for Alabama Audubon, for an exploration of the bird motifs seen in Mississippian art and its relation to attributes of these native species. This talk suggests interpretation of these motifs by equating them with the nature of these creatures to suggest concepts that validate their symbolic representation in Mississippian culture. ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington's twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs, which bring curators, educators, artists,…

Nov 17

The Importance of Archaeology and Excavation

The Importance of Archaeology and Excavation

In-Person - Registration Required

November 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join us for a 30 minute ArtBreak where educational and outreach coordinator for Moundville Archaeological Park, Lindsey Gordon shares her career path into archaeology excavation and the role it plays in the state park. ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington's twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs, which bring curators, educators, artists, and creatives into conversation with the Museum's collection and exhibitions, have been generously funded by Joyce's friends, fellow docents, and members of the Art Focus…

Dec 15

Looking Toward a Brighter Future

Looking Toward a Brighter Future

Hallie Ringle

In Person - Registration Required

December 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Free

Join the BMA's Hugh Kaul Curator of Contemporary Art Hallie Ringle in our Pizitz gallery for a discussion of the All Things Bright and Beautiful exhibition and the ways these works envision a brighter future through their respective lenses. Given the pandemic that we're all experiencing, this talk explores the return to normalcy through art! ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington's twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs, which bring curators, educators, artists, and…

Jan 19

Black Representation in Dutch Art

Black Representation in Dutch Art

In Person - Registration Required

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

Join Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D., for a discussion in the Dutch galleries about the ways enslaved labor heralded European society and its presence (or lack thereof) in European art. This talk uses Werner Jacobsz. van den Valckert’s An Allegory of Music as a springboard for the discussion, also referencing other works in the gallery and their relationship to enslavement. ArtBreaks are presented in honor of Joyce Benington’s twenty five years as a docent at the Birmingham Museum of Art. These programs,…

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