What’s Up At The BMA?: “Seeing Things”

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

Each month, we will highlight something new for you to experience and to show you “what’s up” at the Museum right now.

After going up in mid-January, our photography exhibition Seeing Things has certainly turned some heads. Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Wassan Al-Khudhairi, who curated the exhibition, explains:

When you engage in the act of ‘seeing’, you do so through the lens of your own thoughts and beliefs. ‘Seeing’ is a unique experience. This selection of photographs encourages each of us to think about how we see the world. The images ask you to consider how what you see is altered by your thoughts, beliefs, and experience. What you see is not the same as what I see…

Click here to learn more about the exhibition and to see the full check list. Here are three of the photographs on display; come in and visit to see the whole exhibition!

"Juxtaposed" (2004), Roger Ballen. Gelatin silver print. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of the artist, AFI.83.2011
“Juxtaposed” (2004), Roger Ballen. Gelatin silver print. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of the artist, AFI.83.2011

 

"Red Rug and Gun" (1981 – 1982), William Eggleston. Dye transfer print. Museum purchase, 1986.219.3.
“Red Rug and Gun” (1981 – 1982), William Eggleston. Dye transfer print. Museum purchase, 1986.219.3.

 

"Untitled (Richie with Gun)" (1971) Bill Owens, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of the Jack and Rebecca Drake Collection, AFI.106.2015
“Untitled (Richie with Gun)”
(1971) Bill Owens, gelatin silver print. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of the Jack and Rebecca Drake Collection, AFI.106.2015