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Feb 29

17th Annual Eivor and Alston Callahan Asian Art Lecture

February 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Beyond the Lotus: Flora in the Arts of India Throughout India the language of foliage is profound. Learn the secrets of this scented language as rendered in the visual arts through a discussion with Katherine Anne Paul, PhD, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and Tushara Bindu Gude, PhD, Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Nov 19

Curator Talk: Jacob Lawrence & The Struggle Series

Presented by Alabama Power, The Warner Foundation, and Vulcan Materials

November 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Virtual
Free

On November 20, the BMA will open Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, an exhibition featuring the series of paintings Struggle...From the History of the American People (1954-56) by the iconic American modernist. The exhibition reunites the multi-paneled work for the first time in more than half a century. Join Katelyn D. Crawford, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, who is curating the exhibition at the BMA, for a conversation introducing the series with the exhibition’s curator Austen Barron…

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Dec 08

Jacob Lawrence Through My Eyes: Erin Mitchell

December 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Virtual
Free

Artist Erin Mitchell shares her perspective on a selection of Jacob Lawrence’s panels and how it inspires her practice. Stick around for a live Q&A with Erin after the talk. Watch live on this page or join us on Zoom where you will be able to chat with participants and submit your own questions. All event links will appear on this page 10 minutes prior to the event. Local interdisciplinary artist Erin LeAnn Mitchell’s work gained worldwide exposure in 2018…

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Feb 05

Jacob Lawrence & History Forward

February 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual
Free

We close the BMA’s presentation of Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle with a community discussion analyzing the ways Lawrence may see the world today. Inspired by Lawrence’s depiction of underrepresented histories in his series of paintings, we highlight organizations in Birmingham that do the same by creating platforms for unheard voices. Led by Manager of Public Programs, Carey Fountain, this conversation will include Tim Majors, the founder of grassroots social justice and community advocacy group, BhamStands; and T. Marie King,…

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Jul 15

Virtual Panel Discussion: The Green Book – Then & Now

July 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual
Free

Started in 1936 by Harlem postman Victor Green, The Negro Motorist Green Book was an annual guide that helped African Americans travel the country safely, and with dignity, during a time of Jim Crow laws and segregation. The Green Book was also an indispensable resource for the era’s successful Black-owned businesses and rising African American middle class. This panel will discuss the significance of the original Negro Motorist Green Book and its relevance today. Join Birmingham-based multidisciplinary artist Tony Bingham, Alvin Hall…

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Oct 16

Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project

In-Person - Free Registration

October 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

Join us for an in-person performance of the traditional Jingle Dress Dance followed by a presentation and Q&A discussion with artist Eugene Tapahe and the dancers. “The jingle dance of the Ojibwe people originated during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19,” says Eugene Tapahe. “It came as a dream to a father whose daughter was sick with the virus. His dream revealed a dress and a dance that had the power to heal. When the dresses were made, they were given…

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Nov 04

Annual Chenoweth Lecture

Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art

In Person - Registration required

November 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The BMA is pleased to welcome Kaywin Feldman, Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as the speaker of its Annual Chenoweth Lecture. Feldman will present Building a National Collection in a Changing Nation. The National Gallery of Art is an institution of intriguing paradox. Founded by millionaire Andrew Mellon to educate a monolithic populace and to bestow contemporary ideas of good taste, Mellon's offering was in fact a grand populist gesture, a true gift to the…

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Jan 13

A Contemporary Indigenous Experience

LaDonna Brown & Marcus Briggs-Cloud

Virtual Only - Attend Online (Unrecorded)

January 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

For this virtual panel discussion, we are joined by LaDonna Brown, the Historic Preservation Officer of Chickasaw Nation, and Marcus Briggs-Cloud of Ekvnv Yefolecvlke, a community of Indigenous Maskoke persons who have reclaimed some of their ancestral homelands in what is now Weogufka, AL. Together they will discuss contemporary indigenous life and the ways it has changed through time. This talk will be moderated by Carey Fountain, Manager of Public Programs and Partnerships, at the BMA.

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Jan 20

Darsie Alexander: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The BMA is pleased to welcome Darsie Alexander, the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum, for an evening lecture about the Jewish Museum’s recent exhibition, Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art. During World War II, untold numbers of artworks and pieces of cultural property were stolen by Nazi forces. After the war, an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books were recovered. Many more were destroyed. The exhibition chronicles the layered stories of…

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Mar 18

The ReFRAME Lecture: Manjari Sharma – Play through It

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

For the featured lecture of The (Spring) ReFRAME, join Brooklyn-based artist, Manjari Sharma, for a discussion on her career and her latest exhibition at the BMA, Expanding Darshan: Manjari Sharma, To See and Be Seen. In this artist lecture, Sharma will explore the power of tapping into the potential of our unique experiences and distinguished histories to create works that are accessible and meaningful to a large, diverse audience. As the artist has said, “To create projects that resonate with…

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