Friends of American Art: Lunch and Learn: Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride: The Colonial Revival in American Art

Please note that this is an event for members of the Friends of American Art support group. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Friends of American Art, please contact membership@artsbma.rangeprojects.com.

At various times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—usually coinciding with major commemorations such as the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1876 or the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in 1932—Americans have looked at back at life in early America, sparking a nostalgic revival of interest in the colonial past. Often more a product of legend and myth-making than historical fact, Graham C. Boettcher,Ph.D. will discuss how the Colonial Revival manifested itself in fascinating ways in painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. Click here to see your options for our lunch menu. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.rangeprojects.com or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, November 5.

European Art Society: Lunch and Learn: What To Buy And What Not To Buy

Please note that this is an event for members of the European Art Society support group. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the European Art Society, please contact membership@artsbma.rangeprojects.com.

Join Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. for a preview of the fall Old Masters auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Dr. Schindler will discuss what to buy and what not to buy.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Carrie Montgomery at 205.254.2086 or cmontgomery@artsbma.rangeprojects.com by November 18.

Photography Guild: Morton Lecture Private Reception

Please note that this is an event for members of the Photography Guild support group. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Photography Guild, please contact membership@artsbma.rangeprojects.com.

Join us before the annual Morton Lecture for a meet and greet with speaker Curran Hatleburg. Stay after for the lecture and to enjoy the activities, food, and music at First Thursday!

Friends of American Art and Photography Guild: Lunch and Learn: Photographic Masters of the Yosemite Valley

Please note that this is an event for members of the Friends of American Art and Photography Guild support groups. If you’re interested in joining or learning more about these groups, please contact membership@artsbma.rangeprojects.com.

Join us for a Lunch and Learn on Photographic Masters of the Yosemite Valley, from Carleton E. Watkins to Ansel Adams on Wednesday, October 29 at noon in the Members’ Room.

California’s majestic Yosemite Valley has captivated the attention of photographers since Charles Leander Weed took the first known photographs of the Valley in 1859. Using many examples from the BMA’s own collection, Dr. Graham C. Boettcher will discuss the rich history of photography in the Yosemite Valley, an artistic tradition which continues to this day, with some surprising breaks with tradition and convention.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. Click here to see your options for our lunch menu. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.rangeprojects.com or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, October 22.

ArtBreak: The Art of Finding a Brand’s Soul

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Ford Wiles, Chief Creative Officer of BIG Communications, and James Williams, Creative Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Ford and James will take you through the creative process of shaping the future legacy of a brand.

ArtBreak: A Christmas in England

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Lee Sandstead, art historian and star of Emmy-nominated Travel Channel series Art Attack.

When Lee Sandstead traveled to England for Christmas, he did not know what to expect. He knew that he would visit the museums, graves, universities, cathedrals, and other various sites to discover great and wondrous things. However, what he found was quite different. Over a period of time, Sandstead made one of the greatest discoveries of his life — the English people. Their Christmas traditions, gorgeous interiors, wonderful hospitality and civility, and — yes — their pubs made for an extraordinary way to spend the holidays.

ArtBreak: Simplicity and Symbolism: Lotus Blossoms

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by photographer Bahman Farzad, who will describe his work photographing lotus blossoms and their symbolism in Asian culture.

ArtBreak: Mother and Child: Contemporary Sculpture in the Red Mountain Garden

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Birmingham artist Brad Morton, who will discuss his work and methodology. After the talk, join us in the Red Mountain Sculpture Garden to see the art and enjoy the lovely fall weather.

ArtBreak: The Making of an Exhibition: Behind the Scenes from a Collector’s Perspective

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by BMA Docent, Trustee, and Collector Nan Skier. Learn about the process of creating an exhibition at the BMA, as Nan did when making the exhibition Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection. Hear about her process of collecting, working with the BMA, and now sending the exhibition across the country.

Friends of American Art: Rollin’ on the River: Riverboat Commerce and Decorative Arts in the Antebellum South

This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.rangeprojects.com.

Navigable rivers played an important role in the transportation of consumer goods from the North to the Deep South prior to the Civil War, and river ports emerged as important centers of commerce and culture. Curator of American Art Graham Boettcher, Ph.D. will look at well-appointed interiors of the period, and discuss how the riverboat trade helped shape Southern tastes.
Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, please contact Andrew Farrell at afarrell@artsbma.rangeprojects.com or 205.297.8073 by Wednesday, May 21.