Black History Month: 10 Artists You Should Know

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting 10 important artists whose work is on view now at the Birmingham Museum of Art. While the Museum takes the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month in February, we are dedicated to collecting work by African and African American artists year round. Our collection includes work […]

What is Folk Art?

What is Folk Art? The term has meant different things over time, and many scholars have written about the problems with this catch-all category. It has referred to craft traditions passed down through generations within communities. It has sometimes referred to artists without formal education or artistic training, and those who create outside of the […]

Rise of the Delta

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators and community experts lead visitors on a thirty-minute exploration of art in the galleries. Join us this ArtBreak as special guest Carnetta Davis discusses Whitfield Lovell’s Rise of the Delta, a portrait of Mrs. Davis’ mother.

Our Common Ground

Founded in 1951 as a department of the city of Birmingham, the Museum of Art was subject to the same Jim Crow laws that variously established “separate but equal” accommodations for blacks, or excluded them entirely. During the 1950s and early 1960s, African Americans were only allowed to visit the Museum on Tuesdays or “Negro […]

Haitian Vodou Ceremonies, Songs, and Sacred Objects

This lecture will discuss Haitian Vodou ceremonies that are dedicated to spirits, called loa. Songs, drumming, and sacred objects such as flags, rattles, and drums are used in the salutation of the spirits. This presentation includes field photographs, music and audiovisual documentation to help place this great and noble religious tradition in context.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite has a Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University (2007) and he works as an Associate Professor at the University of Florida. He is the author of Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English (Temple University Press) and Yon sezon matchyavèl/Une saison en enfer (L’Harmattan), with Jacques Pierre. He has published articles on Haitian Creole historical linguistics, language policy in Haiti, Haitian Creole literacy, bilingualism among Haitian Americans in Miami, and comparative religion. He is currently working on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded “The Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture” (The Vodou Archive) and a book project on Arabic and Islamic influences in contemporary French, German and Dutch cultures.

Slow Art Sunday: G.E. Mask and Scarification

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, Docent Katia Kiss Miller will lead a discussion on G.E. Mask and Scarification by Willie Cole.

Happy Birthday, Lonnie Holley!

Happy birthday to Alabama artist Lonnie Holley, born February 10, 1950! Holley was born in Birmingham during the Jim Crow-era, as the seventh of 27 children. His story, although dubious at times, is eccentric and heart wrenching: he says the woman who informally adopted him at birth traded him for a pint of whiskey when […]

Art & Conversation: Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

$10 Museum Members // $15 Non-Members

Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art

Curator Graham Boettcher leads a conversation with Carnetta and Norm Davis, whose outstanding collection comprises the work of historical artists as well as modern masters, from Henry Ossawa Tanner to Radcliffe Bailey. Works from the Davis collection have been exhibited throughout the Southeast, and they recently gave an important 1884 still life by Charles Ethan Porter to the BMA’s collection.

Director Gail Andrews On The Loss Of Thornton Dial

Article from al.com; see the full article here. On Monday one of America’s great artists died, Alabama native Thornton Dial. Dial’s work ranged from small sculptures to large and ambitious mixed-media paintings and enormous installations. They also varied in tone and emotion as they reflected his life and worldview as an African-American man, born in […]

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend At The Museum

“We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly honors the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement with a selection of photos, located on our second floor hallway outside of the Museum Store. […]