Ways of Seeing: Portraits

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!

Self Portrait as Henry Box Brown

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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion […]

Civil Rights Press Prints

Dr. Katelyn Crawford, Curator of American Art, discusses two photos from the Museum’s collection that had a major impact on the early Civil Rights Movement.

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 […]

Closing Reception: Alabama School of Fine Arts Student Exhibition

Conversations about Contemporary Art Students: Visual Arts Students at the Alabama School of Fine Arts Instructor: Anne Herbert In conjunction with Third Space, the Birmingham Museum of Art’s exhibition of Contemporary art, this collection of work by visual art students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts explores themes in Third Space in diverse ways. […]

Raven Telling His Story in the Fog

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 Raven Telling His Story in the Fog by Zöe Marich Urness.

What’s Up at the BMA: Musée du Louvre II

 While it may seem as though the Museum doesn’t change often, it’s actually just the opposite: the galleries are changing all the time! A mere 12% of the Museum’s collection of 27,000 objects is on view at any given time, so our curators and preparators are constantly working to rotate and refresh our gallery spaces. […]

Slow Art Sunday: A Selection from Seeing Things

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 Clyde Oyster leads us in a discussion on a photograph from Seeing Things.

Art & Conversation: Art and Science: Framing Early Photography and its Discourse

Photography has sparked controversy since its beginnings in 1839. Debates about the nature of the medium – its aesthetic potential and its documentary capability – shaped and defined 19th-century practitioners and their images. Highlighting works from our own collection, art historian Anna Dietz presents us with a brief history of these issues in early photography.

John Morton Lecture in Photography

Leslie Hewitt’s photographs rest in sturdy wooden frames that lean against the wall and invite viewers to experience a unique space between photography and sculpture. Her work combines still life compositions comprised of political, social, and personal materials, which result in multiple histories seen embedded in sculptural, architectural, and abstract forms. Mundane objects and structures open into complex systems of knowledge. This perceptual slippage is what attracts Hewitt to both the illusions of film (still and moving photography) and the undeniable presence of physical objects (sculpture). Exploring this as an artist and not as a historiographer, Hewitt draws parallels between the formal appearance of things and their significance to collective history and political consciousness in contemporary art. In her lecture, Hewitt will discuss the development of her practice and recent collaborations.

Hewitt studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where she was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the recipient of the 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands. A selection of recent and forthcoming exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Artists Space in New York; Project Row Houses in Houston; and LA><ART in Los Angeles. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the American Academy in Berlin, Germany amongst others.

Since 2008, the BMA's John Morton Lecture in Photography has presented photographers on the forefront of art and culture. Sponsored by Birmingham philanthropist and collector John Morton, the lecture is always free and open to the public.