Dutch Treat

Whether a permanent collection gallery or a temporary installation, it takes the contribution of the entire museum team to produce the exhibitions that visitors enjoy and have come to expect. Head Exhibitions Designer Terry Beckham shares with us the process behind the latest transformation at the BMA.

If These Walls Could Talk, Part II

Deputy Director and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher relates the surprising stories behind masterworks in the Museum’s American collection and their former owners.

My Adventures In Southeast Asia and Nepal

Docent and Tour Coordinator Angela May shares her photos and anecdotes from her research in Southeast Asia and Nepal. She explores the differences between the presentation of Asian art in our galleries and the art in its original context.

Hindu Treasures

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators lead visitors on a 30-minute exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Join us in April as Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D. gives us a special behind-the-scenes look at Hindu devotional objects that are currently in Museum storage.

Portrait of an Adolescent and Mother and Child

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum curators lead visitors on a thirty minute exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Join us in March as Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D. Deputy Director and The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, discusses two recent Museum acquisitions to the American Art collection. Get […]

If Walls Could Talk, Part I

In her 1859 autobiography, the Irish novelist Sydney, Lady Morgan, wrote “What a strange disorderly place is an artist’s atelier and what stories it might tell if walls could talk!” On the walls of artists’ studios, auction house and gallery showrooms, and private collectors’ homes, the BMA’s collection has witnessed many things and has countless […]

Meet the Coordinator for Studio Programs

The Museum is excited to welcome Meredith Knight as the new coordinator for studio programs. An Alabama native, Knight has experience teaching art everywhere from schools and museums to medium-security prisons, making her an insightful and valuable addition to the Education Department. We sat down with Knight during her first week at the Museum to […]

Art & Conversation: Paintings in Peril: Painting Conservation at the BMA — Past, Present, and Future

Curator Robert Schindler looks at the issues surrounding conservation of European paintings at the BMA. He examines past conservation projects, recently completed projects, and the museum’s future needs. Comparisons of photos of before, during, and after show how markedly a proper treatment can improve the appearance of a work. Fascinating discoveries can be made about the history of a painting during the treatment process; and some of these stories are among the most interesting one can encounter as a curator or art historian.

The Language of Design: Ikat Patterns

In our new exhibition All the Colors of the Rainbow, we are excited to present an array of ikat robes and accessories. With all of the designs on display, you may be wondering what influenced the patterns found in each of the robes. The earliest human beings made clothes from animal hide or primitive textiles […]

10 Steps To Creating An Ikat Robe

As we get ready to welcome our new exhibition, All the Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey, it is important to consider what makes these 19th-century ikat robes so unique, intricate, and fascinating. To understand what makes an ikat robe so special, we wanted to start from the beginning […]