Written by Angela May, Assistant Curator of Education How do you depict a goddess so loved and revered that she is worshipped by Hindus, Jains, and even some Buddhist sects? Her image would have to transcend the ideals held by any one specific group to become an icon recognized by all. So who is this […]


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 sculpture of Sarasvati in the South and Southeast Asian gallery.

Holi: A Festival of Color

Join the BMA and the Indian Cultural Society for the 8th annual Holi Festival, the Indian celebration of color.

Sixteenth Eivor and Alston Callahan Asian Art Lecture

In this special lecture, art historian John Seyller Ph.D, will illuminate the illustrious career of a previously unknown Mughal court painter, Abd al-Karim, who until recently was only known as the Bodleian Painter.

Asian Heritage Festival

Celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibition Afterlife: Asian Art from the Weldon Collection during our Asian Heritage Festival! Enjoy art activities for all ages inspired by the cultures and traditions represented in our Asian art collection. The celebration will include art activities, storytelling, and more. The festival will end with a very special Butoh Japanese dance […]

Recent Acquisitions: Sunita, Sita, and Nirmala

The three girls seen in this photograph, Sunita, Sita, and Nirmala, were participants in Balika Mela, a fair for young girls held annually in the Lunkaransar block of Rajasthan, India. Balika Mela calls attention to the severe disadvantages girls face in the region, while also empowering participants to find their own voice to take a […]

Testing Boundaries: Women Artists in India and Pakistan Today

Women Artists have been a strong force to be reckoned with since the mid-20th century in India and Pakistan. With a sense of independence and purpose, they have been keen observers of the cultural, social and political rifts that have divided their nations. In the installations, video art, and paintings of Arpana Caur, Nalini Malani, […]

Holi Festival

Join us for Holi, the Indian celebration of color, for the seventh year in a row! Enjoy classical Indian and Bollywood style dancing, music, food, storytelling, art-making, and gallery exploration!

5 Things To Know About Holi

One of the most colorful days of the year is the day of the Holi Festival. Although it is a Hindu holiday that began in India, there are now festivals held all over the world to welcome spring, including right here at the Birmingham Museum of Art! Join us on Saturday, March 12 as we […]

Interview with Dr. Cathleen Cummings: Film in Post-Partition India

On March 5 at 6PM, the Museum is excited to welcome Dr. Cathleen Cummings to present the Callahan Lecture, where she will discuss India’s post-Partition identity and the cinematic image. Dr. Cummings is an Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Alabama at Birmingham who specializes in South Asian art. Read along to learn more […]