Third Space Opening Party Recap

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On January 27th, the BMA hosted an unforgettable Opening Party to celebrate our new contemporary exhibition, Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art. As the largest exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum’s collection, Third Space brings together the work of more than 90 international artists and features over 100 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and videos. It’s a free exhibition and will be open for two years. 

Nearly 1,400 guests toured the exhibition and enjoyed internationally-inspired southern food and spirits, music, and interactive programming in celebration of this remarkable project. In the cafe, Merilee Challiss and Blake Wimberly gave a dynamic sound performance, while DJ Holly Waxwing created the perfect live soundtrack for the night. After enjoying an array of southern cuisine, guests sampled some of our favorite snacks from Merry Cheese Crisps, Full Moon BBQ, and Jim N’ Nicks. TrimTab’s Jake Orr offered tips and tricks from the brewing world, recommending the perfect beer pairings for each sweet or savory southern dish throughout the event. 

An interactive GIF photo booth in the lobby allowed guests to express themselves, spark conversation, and celebrate what Third Space means to them. They were encouraged to leave their mark on an interactive map using stickers that represented the place they were born, the place they felt the strongest connection, and where they had traveled. 

We hope to see all of you again on April 18th for Chapter 01 featuring a conversation with artist Glenn Kaino and olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith. The artist and athlete will discuss their collaboration on Bridge, one of the works on view in Third Space.

For more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page.


Third Space is presented by



Additional support provided by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Birmingham, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Protective Life Foundation, Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, Robert R. Meyer Foundation, Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Lydia Eustis Rogers Fund, and Friends of Third Space.