Past Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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