Art and Conversation

Learn more about art while connecting with a cultural community in this monthly series. The Museum offers 10 programs on select Thursday mornings throughout the year. Enjoy coffee, light breakfast, and informal conversation at 10 am in our Main Lobby followed by talks by curators, museum professionals, and other special guests at 10:30 am. Registration is required.

Likeness and Meaning

Sculpted Portraits in Renaissance Italy

Thursday, February 6

Join Dr. Tim Smith, Associate Provost and Professor of Art History at Birmingham-Southern College, as he explores the significance of portrait busts and reliefs from private and public contexts in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Italy. After the talk, visit other portraits in the BMA’s collection in the exhibition Ways of Seeing: Portraits in the Bohorfoush gallery.

CANCELLED: Spring and the Arts of Asia

Thursday, March 5

Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art at the BMA, discusses her latest rotation in the Asian galleries, “Botanicals: Flora in Asian Art,” and its connection to seasonal holidays such as the Indian Holi Festival of Color and Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival that are celebrated here in Birmingham as well as on the other side of the globe.

Iconic Monuments

Thursday, April 2

Darlene Negrotto, President and CEO of Vulcan Park and Museum, offers an insider’s view of Giuseppe Moretti’s colossal Vulcan monument in Birmingham.

Gardens and Galleries

Thursday, May 7

John Manion, the Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, leads a discussion on the scientific and symbolic language of plants within works of art and the ways in which gardens, like art galleries, create immersive and aesthetic experiences for visitors indoors and out.

Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments

Thursday, June 4

Join a special guest for a talk on Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments, which looks at built environments in Birmingham and across the globe.

Threads and Layers

Thursday, July 2

Sara Garden Armstrong, a visual artist and founder of Ground Floor Contemporary, a cooperative art gallery in Birmingham, leads a talk on creating and cultivating space for art making and dialogue for the visual arts in Birmingham. She also discusses her work and upcoming monograph, Sara Garden Armstrong: Threads and Layers, which is the first comprehensive look at five decades of work from this multimedia artist.

The Politics of Design

Thursday, August 6

James Williams, Design Director at the Birmingham Museum of Art, leads a discussion on how we communicate beyond the art in our galleries. He will examine the language of graphic design and the ways in which inherent biases can lead to miscommunication for a global audience.

African American Moments

Thursday, September 3

Join Anthony Bingham, a visual artist and instructor in the Department of Humanities at Miles College, on an exploration of processes, histories, and ideas that have led to transformative images and objects inspired by his life’s journey as an African American in the South.

Rewriting Art History

Thursday, October 1

Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. speaks about his upcoming project on Rachel and Anna Ruysch, two sister painters in late 17th century Amsterdam who specialize in flower still life paintings, and situate their work in its art historical and intellectual context.

History Forward

Thursday, November 5

Curator of American Art Dr. Kate Crawford and Curator of Contemporary Art Hallie Ringle discuss the legacy of Jacob Lawrence and his influence in contemporary art around the BMA’s fall featured exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum.