Now on View
Lost Realms of the Moundbuilders:
Ancient Native Americans of the South and Midwest
October 09, 2021 - February 06, 2022
Voices So True
New Native American Art from the Clyde Oyster Bequest
October 09, 2021 - January 30, 2022
May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Virtual
Film screening is sold out Nominated for six Oscars in 2021, Minari is a tender and sweeping story about what roots us. Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes…
June 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Virtual
Can art help us reimagine our communities? How can we use the arts to create systems and strategies for change? This program highlights the work of The Color Project and Ensley Alive, organizations that use art to present a counter-narrative for Birmingham’s Ensley neighborhood with the goal of erasing the negative connotations associated with this historic community. This program underscores the importance of being seen, depicted, and telling one’s own history as seen in themes of our current exhibition, All…
June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm | Virtual
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…
June 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Virtual
Self-Soothe Saturday invigorates your body, mind and spirit with a live virtual wellness workshop designed to educate, enlighten and revitalize. Join wellness coach Jacquie Fazekas of Bama Wellness Advocacy, and Adi Devta Kaur of THEBLKYOGI for a series of programs including virtual yoga and meditation. The first 100 registrants can reserve a Self-Soothe Sack which includes recipe cards, teas, essential oils, snacks and more to supplement this rejuvenating virtual experience.
July 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Virtual
In the 1930s, a Black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African Americans navigate safe passages across the United States well into the 1960s. This film explores some of the segregated nation's safe havens and notorious "sundown towns," and presents stories of struggle and indignity as well as ones of opportunity and triumph. This program…
July 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Virtual
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…
July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Virtual
An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, Hale County This Morning, This Evening looks at the lives of Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the…
August 6 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Magic City is back to the future and we are throwing our first in-person party to celebrate! Join us for drinks, music, and a little bit of magic as we honor Afrofuturism in the Magic City, inspired by iconic artist and Birmingham native, Sun Ra. Get in the Mix! // Shure Shot DJs Suaze and DJ Rahdu will set the vibe with soulful tunes all evening long. Sun Ra Film Screening // Check out the 1972 afrofutruist science fiction…
August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
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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