Past Exhibitions

lobby projects: Bethany Collins

April 16, 2016 - August 28, 2016

lobby projects is a new initiative by the Birmingham Museum of Art that invites contemporary artists to create site-specific commissions in the Museum’s main entrance. lobby projects’ debut artist is Bethany Collins. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Bethany is a

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Seeing Things

January 15, 2016 - May 20, 2016

“The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe.” John Berger When you engage in the act of ‘seeing’, you do so through the lens of your own thoughts and beliefs. ‘Seeing’ is a

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Manuel Álvarez Bravo

August 03, 2015 - December 18, 2015

Manuel Álvarez Bravo was one of Mexico’s most renowned photographers of the twentieth century. Working during the post-revolutionary (1910-21) creative heyday when artists were drawn to Mexico from across the world, Bravo became friends with Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Andre

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Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection

December 19, 2015 - June 26, 2016

Beaded and sequined flags, called drapo, are an important component of Vodoun, a religion that was established on the island of Haiti beginning in the 1500s. The Spanish, followed by the French, enslaved hundreds of thousands of West and Central

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Inherited Scars: A Meditation on the Southern Gothic

April 02, 2015 - August 09, 2015

You’ve come here looking for some sort of essential truth about the South or some spiritual revelation. And you’re not going to find it, unless by accident or grace. (Some) people know about it. I guess they have what Flannery

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Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

June 13, 2015 - September 06, 2015

In 1938 Atlanta-based artist Hale Woodruff was commissioned to paint a series of murals for Talladega College, Alabama, one of the first colleges established for blacks in the United States. Installed in the institution’s newly constructed Savery Library, the six

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life in Pictures

January 16, 2015 - April 19, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this selection of photos from our collection, documenting his extraordinary life and work. The Museum itself has directly benefited from

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Between Fantasy and Reality: Frank Fleming

February 27, 2015 - August 09, 2015

Between Fantasy and Reality takes a focused approach in exploring the early period of Alabama artist Frank Fleming. Fleming has been working as an artist in Alabama for over forty years and is best known for his large-scale bronze sculptures,

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Lethal Beauty

June 28, 2014 - September 21, 2014

The samurai are universally recognized warriors. Tales of their heroics have fascinated people since the 12th century. Bushido (The Way of the Samurai) is the code of chivalry by which they lived, and encompasses not only mastery of the martial

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Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries

January 31, 2015 - April 26, 2015

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries is the first exhibition to explore this little-known field of small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age. Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the exhibition brings together

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Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise

June 05, 2014 - January 04, 2015

When the widowed Hester Bateman took over her husband’s silver workshop in 1761, she faced the staggering challenge of running a physically and creatively demanding business at a time when domestic service was the only female-friendly industry. Fortunately, Hester was

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish: Closing Day! // See the Delacroix exhibition before it closes on Sunday, May 18, at 4PM! This is the first Delacroix exhibit in over a decade in the U.S., and the BMA is only 1 of 2 museums to host it. Don't miss out!

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

February 22, 2014 - May 18, 2014

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to host the first Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) exhibition in the United States in more than a decade. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish arrives in February and features the dramatic work of the leader of

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Black Like Who?

Issues regarding visual depictions of blackness in American art have been such highly scrutinized topics in both artistic production and museum exhibitions that one could ask what else is there to examine that has not already been sufficiently analyzed? Black

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Question Bridge: Black Males

October 06, 2013 - December 29, 2013

Hank Willis Thomas, Chris Johnson, Bayete Ross Smith, Kamal Sinclair Question Bridge is trans-media art project that counters established notions of Black masculinity in the United States. The project presents nearly three hours of videotaped interviews with several dozen Black men,