Would you like to be a part of our fall exhibition, Etched in Collective History? Artist Shinique Smith needs donated items to create an installation, in honor of the lives lost in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. "I will be gathering materials during the installation of the work, but I wish to involve the Museum's community," says Smith. "My ultimate goal is to create an environment that viewers will be able to walk through and contemplate the past, present, and future with a sense of commemoration and joy."
If you are able to donate, we are accepting the following gently used items: doll clothing and accessories, children's clothing (infant-18 years) and accessories, action figures, storybooks, and stuffed toys (nothing larger than 24"). We will collect items through May 10 at the desk in front of Steiner Auditorium during Museum hours. If your item is not used in the installation, we will donate it to a local charitable organization. Thank you for contributing to Art Speaks: 50 Years Forward!
BMA's exhibition, Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Outstanding Small Exhibition! Look of Love is among the top 5 exhibitions in the nation as a finalist for this award. The prizes will be publicly announced at the AAMC conference in New York in May.
A community art project coordinated by Birmingham City Councilman Steven Hoyt and the Birmingham Museum of Art is a finalist for a national neighborhood award! As part of Councilman Hoyt's annual Party With a Purpose, BMA's artist-in-residence Toby Richards helped create and compile artwork from festival participants to create a 2013 community calendar. "It is imperative that as a community we rally around the youth and give them the proper guidance they need to become productive citizens of society," Councilman Hoyt said. "The Birmingham Museum of Art continues to be an active civic partner committed to changing lives through the creative process. Each year, Party With a Purpose flourishes because of concentrated efforts from volunteers, vendors, and community organizations." Click here to read the full article!
Livability.com recently listed Birmingham as one of the Top 10 Spring Break Destinations for Families! In the article, BMA was mentioned as a must-see attraction while visitors are in town. Not only are we a great spot to visit anytime, but we have a lot of Spring Break fun planned in the coming weeks! With special family programs on Wednesdays March 20 and March 27, BMA offers free hippo-themed fun with art activities, tours of Hip, Hippo, Hooray!, story time, scavenger hunts, film screenings, and more! Click here to learn more about Spring Break fun!
On Thursday, March 14, Dr. Bridget R. Cooks, associate professor of art history and African American studies at the University of California Irvine, will give a free lecture in BMA's Steiner Auditorium. Dr. Cooks's lecture will discuss her groundbreaking book Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum. In her book, Dr. Cooks discusses several African American exhibitions that challenged the status quo in American musuems at the times they were presented. Following the lecture, Dr. Cooks will be available to sign copies of her book! Click here to learn more!
Our monthly after hours program is back for March! We are open late just for you - come unwind from a busy week with a relaxing evening at the Museum! Sample an array of beers, hear live music, enjoy a contemporary art gallery talk, and see a film, all for free! Also, Oscar's Café will have cocktails and a Tuscan-inspired tapas spread available for purchase. Click here to see what First Thursday is all about!
Spring is just around the corner and what better way to welcome it than with a celebration of color? Celebrate HOLI with us Saturday, March 9, with a full day of free family fun! Art activities, scavenger hunts, Indian food, and cool henna tattoos will be provided throughout the day, while several scheduled events will happen from 11AM-3PM! Events include live performances, storytelling, a color celebration, and more! Read the full schedule here and learn more about the event from al.com!
Want to come explore our new family-friendly exhibition? Fun, family tours will take place on every Tuesday and select Saturdays for the duration of Hip, Hippo, Hooray! Join us at 10:30AM to explore the world of the hippos, get creative with hippo art activities, and then have fun in Bart's ArtVenture, our hands-on family gallery! The tours are free, for children ages 3-8, and no reservations are required! Click here to learn more about the exhibition, Hippo Adventures, and other upcoming family events!
Our newest family-friendly exhibition, Hip, Hippo, Hooray!, is almost here. Opening February 17, 2013, the exhibition features a beautiful and charming porcelain dinner service, complete with images of hippopotamuses from all over the world! To read the story about how the hippo porcelain service was created, click here. Plan your visit to see the exhibition with our upcoming programs, including plenty of family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy!
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we've looked to our collection to tell us a love story. Benjamin West's Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice (1772) is loosely based on a legend from Greek history. West's work tells the story of Seleucus, the king of Syria, who has summoned the eminent Greek physician Erasistratus to diagnose a mysterious ailment affecting his son Antiochus. After observing the prince's behavior, the doctor concludes that Antiochus is suffering from unrequited love. West depicts the moment when Erasistratus - taking Antiochus's pulse - discovers that Antiochus longs for his own stepmother, Stratonice. Erasistratus, testing the king's judgment, tells him that Antiochus longs for his own wife, rather than his stepmother. Hastily, Seleucus orders Erasistratus to give his wife to Antiochus; however, Erasistratus's trick proved that Seleucus would do anything for his son to live. "I'm glad to know where you stand," said Erasistratus, "because, in actuality, your son longs for your wife, not mine." Realizing that he must follow his own orders, the king gave his wife to his beloved son, saving his life. To learn more about this painting and other works in our collection, see our book Birmingham Museum of Art Guide to the Collection.
With over 15,000 ceramics objects, Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the most comprehensive ceramics collections in the Southeast, with pieces spanning the globe and thousands of years. In celebration of this collection and to learn more about the objects' similarities and differences, BMA is hosting the inaugural Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium, held in conjunction with the Alabama Clay Conference from February 22-23, 2013. The symposium, "Clay Embodied: Ceramics and the Human Form," will explore the relationship between ceramics and the human body with a schedule of prominent ceramics experts and artists. The symposium is free and open to the public! To see the full schedule of events, please click here.
Start your weekend the right way with free Museum fun! At First Thursday on February 7, BMA will be open until 9PM with live music, a wine tasting, a gallery talk, a drop-in and draw class, and a film - all for free! Oscar's Café will also be open late, with specialty cocktails and an On the Border tapas menu. Plan your evening with our full schedule of events!
February's Spotlight on the Collection piece is Power Figure (Nkishi) by the Songye People. Learn more about this fascinating piece at ArtBreak on February 5 or Slow Art Sunday on February 10! Visit our Spotlight on the Collection page for even more information and to see what our Spotlight on the Collection series is all about!
On the weekend of February 1 and 2, BMA welcomes renowned Chicago poet and artist Orron Kenyetta! Kenyetta will give a special performance at BMA Speaks on Friday night, February 1, based on the exhibition Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina. Then on Saturday, Kenyetta will lead a class, Poetry and Pottery, based on the Face Jugs exhibition where participants can create an epic poem on paper and then layer their piece in clay. Learn more about BMA Speaks and register for the studio class now!
Join us on Saturday, January 26, for a free, fun, and colorful night of pop art with Teen BMA! All teens are welcome for a night at the Museum, featuring music from DJ Omari Jazz, a food and dessert bar, a graffiti wall, a photo booth, and much more! Come explore the Museum with your friends, the event is from 7:30-10:30PM!
BMA is now recruiting interested individuals for our next docent training class, which begins in the fall! No prior art knowledge is required; the Museum provides training in art history and visitor engagement techniques. Ideal candidates should have a love for learning, flexible and positive personality, and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people. Click here to learn more and apply online!