Past Exhibitions

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

Amy Pleasant: Suspended

November 01, 2009 - August 31, 2010

Birmingham artist Amy Pleasant is creating a site-specific drawing installation that wraps the four walls of the Museum’s Lower Sculpture Garden. This will be the artist’s first wall drawing created without her signature figurative imagery.  The work will be a