Male Power Figure (nkishi)

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 All Things Bright and Beautiful by Amy Sherald in the Contemporary gallery.

Queen of Women Mask (Eze Nwanyi)

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 Margaret Harrill will lead a discussion on Queen of Women Mask (Eze Nwanyi) of the Northeastern, Igbo people in the African gallery.

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 […]

Ibeji Figure

This figure represents a person who was a twin, or ibeji. Nigeria has the highest rates of twinning in the world— around four times higher than the global average. Among the Yoruba people of Nigeria, twins are thought to bring blessings and hold special status in the community. They are honored both in life, and […]

Antelope Headdress (Chi Wara)

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 Margaret Harrill will lead a discussion on the Antelope Headdress (Chi Wara) in the African gallery.

African Reverse Glass Painting

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 Gaynell Hendricks gives us an exclusive look into a few works of art currently on view in our African galleries.

Contemporary African Art

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators lead visitors on a thirty-minute exploration of art in the galleries. Join us this ArtBreak with Senior Curator Emily G. Hanna, Ph.D. in conversation with Mrs Wanda Williams, English teacher with the Yellowhammer Learning Program, who will explore four works of contemporary African painting, sculpture, and […]

African Heritage Festival

Join us on June 17th as we celebrate the vibrant traditions of African culture and the Museum’s African Art gallery. This family-oriented festival will feature art-making activities, dance, and music!

5 Things to Do at African Heritage Festival

We hope your weekend plans include celebrating the vibrant traditions and cultures of Africa at our African Heritage Festival on Saturday! Inspired by the art in our African galleries, this free festival features art-making, dance, music, and more. Here are five things to do while you’re here. Enjoy a dance and drum performance. Birmingham’s Nathifa Dance Company has been […]

Spotlight on the collection: April 2017

This painting of a man and woman embracing is from the West African country of Senegal. The image has been painted on the back of a pane of glass – a tradition called sous-verre, or reverse-glass painting.   Reverse-glass painting is a traditional art form in several parts of the world, and was brought to […]