Meet Barbie: 6 Things to Know Before You Go

Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future opens this weekend, and after seeing the reaction on social media, it’s clear you are just as excited as we are! Before your visit, here are six things you should know about Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future.

ArtBreak: Lobby Projects

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

This month, we will explore Lobby Projects with Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Art & Conversation: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Curator Don Wood introduces us to this special exhibition of Uzbekistan Ikat robes and accessories from the collection of Peggy Slappey, opening a window into a culture and tradition that is not often seen in the West. A cooperative effort between people of different religions and backgrounds, the production of an Ikat textile is a complex process that takes many skilled hands.

ArtBreak: IKAT Robes

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

This month, we will explore All The Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey with Dr. Donald Wood, Curator of Asian Art.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Please note that costs apply for purchase of tapas and/or cocktails.

5-9PM: Tapas and cocktails in the café.

6PM: Tour of All the Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey led by Dr. Donald Wood, Curator of Asian Art.

7PM: re:Memory Birmingham science talk and dance performance beginning in Steiner Auditorium and moving to the Main Lobby
About re:Memory Birmingham: Have you ever wondered why the ability to play the piano can survive 60 years when faces can fade so easily? How do we remember? Why do we forget? Join re:Memory, a Birmingham-based collective of musicians, dancers, artists, and neuroscientists, as they portray memories in a performance that externalizes the stories of the mind and processes of the brain. Our project explores the psychological and neurobiological processes of memory storage and recall. Join us in a playground for your mind AND brain.

Slow Art Sunday: A Selection from All the Colors of the Rainbow

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 Mary Helen Crowe will lead a discussion on a selection from All The Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey.

Members’ Opening Party: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Join us for the exclusive debut of an original exhibition of vibrant Ikat garments created in Uzbekistan in the 19th century. Enjoy an evening of music, light hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar, and be among the first to see this highly anticipated exhibition.

Free to BMA Members, $25 for non-members.

Hats Off To Ikat!

In the exhibition All the Colors of the Rainbow, we are excited to present a collection of 19th-century Uzbekistan ikat robes. Along with the robes, the exhibition includes many accessories that were worn at the time, including boots, bags, and hats. For both men and boys, the hat was a vital part of the costume; […]

5 Reasons You’ll Love “All The Colors Of The Rainbow”

The Museum is excited to open a new exhibition this weekend, All the Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey. “All the colors of the rainbow” is how one early 19th-century diplomat described the ikat robes found in the bazaars and desert oases of Central Asia. These Uzbekistan ikat robes […]

Spotlight on the Collection: March 2016

In the Haitian religion of Vodou, beaded flags such as this are placed on altars, but also play an important role in ceremonies, where they are carried in processions and also worn over the shoulders. The flags, or drapo, are made to honor individual spirits, which are called loa (also spelled lwa). The loas are […]