Saturday, December 7 // 8AM-3PM // FREE
Where else can you get a McDonald's biscuit breakfast, meet and take pictures with Santa, create festive art, enjoy stories and singalongs, and watch a fun holiday movie? Only at the BMA, and it's all free! Bring the whole family out for our Winter Wonders Day. Click here for a full schedule of events and to learn more about our gingerbread house and holiday card workshops!
Winter Wonders is sponsored by McDonald's of Central Alabama. Additional support provided by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.
Thursday, December 5 // 5-9PM // FREE Admission
Get merry with the Museum at December's First Thursday! Join us after hours, 5-9PM, on Thursday, December 5, for an evening filled with holiday cheer. Unwind from the holiday hustle and bustle with a relaxing evening of live music, tapas, cocktails, a free wine tasting, and some of the most unique shopping in our Museum Store. Experience the art with our recently refreshed galleries, take a tour of Curator of Asian Art Don Wood's favorite pieces, and make your own art with drop-in drawing and holiday cardmaking workshops. Finish the evening with film screening of a holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street. See the whole line-up of events here!
Friday, December 13 // 5-9PM // MEMBERS ONLY
Saturday, December 14 // 10AM-5PM // MUSEUM OPEN TO PUBLIC, DISCOUNTS AND SPECIALS FOR MEMBERS
Since we have so much fun during our Member Shopping Day every year, why not have it last more than one day? Join us for a special Member Shopping Weekend on Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14. With special discounts on shopping, 11 artists in our trunk show, book readings and signings, tours with curators, tastings, and much more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. See the schedule of events for Friday night and for Saturday on our events calendar!
Archeologists at Red Mountain Park have unearthed remnants of the Smythe mining community that disappeared in the 1920s. BMA curator Anne Forschler-Tarrasch and conservator Margaret Burnham have teamed up with Red Mountain Park archeologists to identify the ceramic pottery shards, which originate from Europe and throughout the US! Read more from al.com.
6-9PM // FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 // OSCAR'S CAFE // FREE
Join us for an evening all about our new exhibition, Question Bridge: Black Males. Question Bridge is an innovative video installation created over several years, across the nation, and among different generations of African American men. Hear from the artists of the project and then join us for a spoken word event inspired by the exhibition. Click here to learn more about the events!
The Museum will be open after hours for visitors to explore Question Bridge: Black Males and Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project. Access our Art Speaks app while you're in the galleries!
Every year the BMA relies on the generosity of its members, friends, and neighbors in supporting the Museum's mission with an end of the year gift to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund provides crucial operating support, allowing us to present exciting, innovative exhibitions and programming throughout the year. All levels of gifts make a difference; your gift will support every visit, every person, and every possibility at the BMA in the coming year! Click here to learn more and donate to the Annual Fund today!
Two works commissioned by the Birmingham Museum of Art have been selected for inclusion in the prestigious 2014 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
The Whitney Biennial showcases the work of 103 of the most significant contemporary American artists, and is one of the leading shows in the art world.
Maxine Adams and Amelia Maxwell and Braxton McKinney and Lavone Thomas are diptych portraits by photographer Dawoud Bey for our exhibition Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project. The pieces, along with 4 others, were recently acquired for the Museum's collection by the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art, the Photography Guild, and the Sankofa Society support groups.
The Birmingham Project will be on display at the Museum through December 2, 2013. Come see the exhibition before these two pieces go to the Whitney Biennial from March 1 to May 27, 2014!
At this year's Chenoweth Lecture, best-selling author and Birmingham native Margaret Wrinkle will discuss her debut novel, Wash. Acclaimed by The New York Times as "a masterly literary work that will surely earn praise at every turn," Wash takes us on a journey across continents and through time, exploring both the American South and West Africa. Join us on Thursday, November 7, at 7PM, for Wrinkle's FREE lecture during our First Thursday programming. For more information about Wrinkle and her novel, click here.
November's Spotlight on the Collection piece is the Chilkat Blanket, a Native American work by the Tlingit people. A chilkat blanket is worn draped over the shoulders of chiefs or high-ranking men during important ceremonial occasions. Learn about the blanket's customary use, historical significance, and intricate details during ArtBreak on November 5, at noon, and again at Slow Art Sunday, November 17, at 2PM! Click here for more information about the piece and to join in the conversation!
Saturday, October 19 // 10AM-3:30PM // FREE
Help celebrate Bart the Art Bat's favorite holiday at his SPOOKTACULAR party! Trick your eyes and seek the details in scavenger hunts, treat your senses with art activities and spooky storytelling, and dress up as your favorite character to clear the cobwebs. Create traditional Mexican sugar skulls in honor of the Day of the Dead and decorate pumpkins for your front step. Be prepared to have a spooky good time! Click here for more information!
Saturday, October 12 // 10AM-NOON // $40 for Bart's Kids Club Members / $50 for non-members
Looking for a way to get the whole family involved with art? Join us for our Family Studio and make a family of mosaics with glass artist Penny Arnold! Learn about color, composition, and glass as you create your collection together! This class is open to all ages. Register today to save your spot!
Image: piece by artist and class instructor Penny Arnold
October's Spotlight on the Collection piece is this Inca cup, or "qero." The piece represents an important cultural shift for the Inca, as Spanish arrival influenced the culture's art, architecture, sculpture, and dress during colonization. Learn about this 18th-century object in our galleries at ArtBreak on October 1, at noon, and again at Slow Art Sunday, October 27, at 2PM! Click here for more information about the piece and to join in the conversation!
We regret to inform you that the 2013 Morton Lecture featuring Dawoud Bey originally scheduled for Thursday, October 3, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience. All of our other First Thursday programming will continue that evening as planned, with an exciting surprise addition.
Thursday, October 3 // FREE admission
Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, and take a drawing class during the Museum's after hours event, First Thursday! This Thursday we are excited to welcome back a masterpiece of our collection, Albert Bierstadt's Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California. After its travels to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art this year, the painting will be welcomed home by Curator of American Art Dr. Graham Boettcher, who will lead a gallery talk on its exciting history, its context within the Civil War, and recent discoveries within this beloved piece. Continue the welcome home celebration with a wine tasting from Hop City Birmingham, live jazz by Foxxy Fatts & Company, and delicious tapas from Oscar's Café. Read the full schedule of events here!