Past Exhibitions

African Artistry in Clay and Iron

This exhibition features approximately fifty-five works of African ceramics and iron art, including  vessels, musical instruments, currency objects, sculpted figures, staffs, tools and ritual objects.  The objects come primarily from the countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and the

Celebrate Life: The Art of Chris Clark

In August, Birmingham lost a remarkable artist, teacher, and member of our community with the passing of Chris Clark (1958-2011). Clark’s vibrant quilts, furniture, walking sticks, and other painted and assembled objects found admirers among eager folk art collectors in

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

Conceived by the likes of Elvis and the Beatles, evolving into the sounds of Madonna and Tupac, the phenomenon that is rock and roll indelibly transformed music and society. Catalysts to this sensational revolution, photographers captured and documented these changes,

Faces of India: Sculpture from the Callahan Collection

The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present the first showing of Indian sculpture from the collection of the Callahan family. Over twenty sculptures in stone and bronze depict a variety of Hindu and Buddhist deities that date from

A Stitch in Time: Southern Quilts in the African-American Tradition

The art of quilting enjoys a long and rich heritage within African-American communities, particularly in the Deep South. Drawing from the Museum’s permanent collection of American quilts—among the largest in the country—this exhibition will explore the African-American quilting tradition, from

Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950

Exhibition focuses on photography’s role in south africa’s dynamic transformation This exhibition features the work of 18 photographers, new media and video artists, who lived and worked in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1994), though a few now live

In Friendship: Gifts from David and Natalie Sperling

In 1988, Birmingham couple David and Natalie Sperling made a gift to the Museum of a classic black and white photograph by the French master Jacques-Henri Lartigue. In 1991, the couple initiated the tradition of making gifts of art to

A Masterpiece in Our Midst: Duncanson’s A Dream of Italy

The Birmingham Museum of Art recently announced the purchase of A Dream of Italy (1865), a major painting by Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872), one of the most significant African-American artists of the nineteenth century. This intimate exhibition will provide an in-depth examination

The Weavers of Selma

This small focused exhibition comprises 10 works by Clara Weaver Parrish, Rose Pettus Weaver, and Rosalind Tarver Lipscomb. The story of this multi-generational family of women artists began in Selma, Alabama. Most famous among the Weavers is Clara Weaver Parrish

Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan

The kimono is iconic in Japanese fashion and for good reason. Far from being a mere robe, the kimono is a symbol of culture and fashion which represents not only times of social change, but an evolution in the self-image

Pattern, Costume, and Ornament in African and African-American Art

Works by artists Fred Wilson, Odili Donald Odita, Jeff Donaldson, Carrie Mae Weems, and others reveal how African-American artists incorporate design and decoration into their work for a variety of reasons.  The exhibition includes photographs, works on paper, sculpture, and

Two Landscapes

It’s amazing how artists looking at similar things come up with completely different points of view. Landscape paintings especially demonstrate this fact. Our exhibition Two Landscapes: Different Points of View takes two 18th-century landscape paintings from the permanent collection, one Japanese and