Past Exhibitions

African Artistry in Clay and Iron

- September 09, 2012

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

October 23, 2011 - March 04, 2012

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

June 24, 2011 - September 18, 2011

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

June 12, 2011 - October 02, 2011

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

May 15, 2011 - December 31, 2011

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

February 20, 2011 - April 17, 2011

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

Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective

December 05, 2010 - April 17, 2011

In the early 1960s in New York, the artist Romare Bearden invited a group of African-American artists to meet and discuss their roles as black artists during the charged years of the Civil Rights movement. On July 5th, 1963, the

In Friendship: Gifts from David and Natalie Sperling

November 07, 2010 - January 02, 2011

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

October 01, 2010 - November 21, 2010

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

July 31, 2010 - October 10, 2010

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

June 06, 2010 - September 12, 2010

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

June 06, 2010 - September 19, 2010

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

A Passion Shared: Works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

March 14, 2010 - June 06, 2010

Beginning in the 1960s, New York couple Dorothy and Herbert Vogel spent 45 years collecting contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, and works in many other media. Over that time, their collection grew to nearly 5,000 works, and reflected the Vogel’s