Voices So True

Artists offer a visual voice that gives shape and form to history, ideas, experiences, and feelings.Voices So True: New Native American Art from the Clyde Oyster Bequest features the work of seven contemporary Native American artists, whose vision gives voice to Native American perspectives, past and present. Ranging in medium from photographs, prints, painting, and […]

An Epic of Earth and Water

In 1948, the Wedgwood company asked British-American artist Clare Leighton (1898-1989) to create a series of twelve designs to be printed on a limited edition set of creamware plates for the American market. Wedgwood decided that the theme would be “New England Industries,” but gave Leighton freedom to choose which industries she would focus on, […]

Barbie

Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future takes a critical look at Barbie on the occasion of her 60th anniversary. In the past six decades, Barbie’s many careers and enduring independence have influenced the dreams and imaginations of young people around the world. At the same time, her impossible appearance and physique promoted narrow and unattainable […]

Embodying Faith

Through the ages and across the globe, art has reflected faith. For centuries, artistic production in Europe, and elsewhere, was dominated by Christian themes. This religious art served many purposes, from embellishing altars and aiding in private devotion, to educating the faithful and acting as propaganda either for or against the church during the Protestant […]

Waterline

Featuring just a single work of art, Waterline is an immersive exhibition experience that reflects artist Marianne Nicolson’s Native American roots. In a darkened gallery, visitors will observe a light that moves slowly up and down within a cubed glass sculpture to reveal a dazzling panorama of shadows representing killer whales, wolves, thunderbirds, and other […]

Charles Buchanan and Jill Marlar

Local artists and printmakers Charles Buchanan and Jill Marlar will provide a unique gallery talk discussing the process of printmaking and how the art of Birmingham has evolved throughout the years.

Gallery Talk: Magic City Realism

Katelyn D. Crawford, PhD, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, and special guest historian Marjorie White of the Birmingham Historical Society, will discuss Coe’s prints and paintings of industrial and residential scenes depicting Birmingham in the 1930’s.

Magic City Realism

In the wake of the Great Depression, Birmingham experienced a remarkable transformation that helped shape the city as we know it today. Artist Richard Coe, an Alabama-native, documented the city’s rapidly changing urban fabric in his prints and paintings. “Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham” brings together over 60 of Coe’s images of the city and state from this decade for the first time.

David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter Opens

From the late eighteenth century when Josiah Wedgwood utilized the designs of artists like John Flaxman and Lady Elizabeth Templetown for many of his jasperware designs, the Wedgwood company has established a firm tradition of employing the best and the brightest. In 1964, the firm continued this tradition by inviting a young potter named David Puxley to serve as its first studio potter in residence. David was given a spot at the factory and access to all materials and personnel—and then he was just told to create! While many of his designs went into production, others were sold at special exhibitions and through private channels.

The BMA’s Buten Wedgwood Collection includes more than 150 objects made by David Puxley during his tenure at the factory—the largest assemblage of Puxley’s work in the world. Drawn from the permanent collection, the exhibition will explore the notion of “studio pottery” during the second half of the twentieth century and will highlight Puxley’s creative work and his role in establishing a studio pottery tradition at Wedgwood.

David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter is organized in conjunction with the Wedgwood International Seminar, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary at the Birmingham Museum of Art in April.

David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter is sponsored by the Jefferson County Commission. Additional support provided by the City of Birmingham and grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.