Support Group

The Indian Cultural Society

The Indian Cultural Society (ICS) at the Birmingham Museum of Art was established to promote all forms of Indian art and culture. The Museum, thanks to the generosity of the Callahan Family and other like-minded philanthropists, has one of the largest collections of Indian art and sculpture in the Southeast United States. The vast majority of the collection is on permanent display in the Asian Art Galleries. Thus, it was a natural fit to establish a society dedicated to promoting the rich cultural heritage of India at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

All events sponsored by ICS are free and open to the public. ICS is able to provide world class programming due to the generosity of its patrons and the Museum, which provides its facilities and staff to ICS for the events.

Upcoming Events

Map Making and Redlining

January 21 @ 12:00 pm

Join Paul Boncella, PhD, Book and Map Conservator at the Birmingham Public Library, for an in-depth discussion on the making of historic Birmingham maps that gave the name to the practice of housing discrimination known as redlining.

Delft Tulip Vase

January 26 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Delft Tulip Vase by De Griexe A factory in the Dutch gallery.

Portrait of Mrs. William Monck

February 2 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Portrait of Mrs. William Monck by Thomas Gainsborough in the English gallery.

Nina Campbell Lecture and Reception

February 4 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening with internationally renowned interior designer Nina Campbell. For nearly 50 years, Nina has created vibrant, imaginative spaces rooted in quintessentially English style for clients around the world, from rock stars to royalty. For this talk, Nina offers a personal tour of her colorful career with highlights from her most recent […]

Likeness and Meaning: Sculpted Portraits in Renaissance Italy

February 6 @ 10:30 am

Join Dr. Tim Smith, Associate Provost and Professor of Art History at Birmingham-Southern College, as he explores the significance of portrait busts and reliefs from private and public contexts in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy. After the talk, visit other portraits in the BMA’s collection in the exhibition, Ways of Seeing: Portraits, in the Bohorfoush Gallery.

A Night in Wakanda

February 7 @ 5:00 pm

Fire up your airship and head to the BMA to help us kick off a new season of Art After 5 with A Night in Wakanda!  Join us for a chill night out inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. Sip the Heart of Wakanda specialty cocktail as DJ Dolly sets the mood with some Afro […]

Power Symbols

February 8 @ 10:00 am

In this program for adults with low to no vision, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and original sculpture.

Join Master Docent Kathryn DeCola for this guided tour exploring symbols of power in the Japanese and African galleries.
Participates will have the opportunity to touch on this tour.

Reservations are required due to limited space. Please RSVP by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2019.

To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, email tours@artsbma.org or call 205.254.2964.
Sensory Empowerment tours are also available for school-age or adult groups.

Visitas guiadas en español en BMA // Spanish Tours At The BMA

February 8 @ 11:00 am

El BMA se enorgullece de presentar visitas guiadas de su colección en español.

Plate “Julius Caesar Offering Food and Wine to the Roman People”

February 9 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Judy Shaw Cook will lead a discussion on Plate “Julius Caesar Offering Food and Wine to the Roman People” by Antonio Patanazzi in the Italian galleries.

Ways of Seeing: Portraits

February 16 @ 1:00 pm

Curious about how artists have pictured themselves and others across time?  Want to get the inside scoop on our latest exhibition Ways of Seeing: Portraits?

Please drop-in and join Master Docent Judy Shaw Cook for a FREE tour of the exhibition at 1:00 pm!

News

Annual Wine and Cheese Reception

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in February, the Indian Cultural Society held its annual Wine and Cheese Reception. Established eight years ago to promote all forms of Indian art and culture, the ICS has provided world-class public programs, including classical music concerts, family festivals, and lectures. The Annual Wine and Cheese Reception is a time […]

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