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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

First Thursday: Southern Pictures

First Thursday: Southern Pictures

June 2, 2016

Join us this summer in the breezy outdoor sculpture garden for “Southern Pictures,” a new film series at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Ranging from vintage classics to contemporary hits, each featured film is set in the South. Come early to enjoy our open galleries, drinks, and tapas at the BMA.

5-9PM: Tapas and cocktails in the café.

Please note that costs apply for purchase of tapas and/or cocktails.

7 PM: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13, 2001) // 1hr, 48 min.

Based on the Odyssey by Homer this award-winning Coen Brothers production became an instant classic. Set in Mississippi in the 1930’s, the film tells the amusing tale of three escaped convicts (bless their hearts) on a search for hidden treasure.

Art & Conversation: The Art of the Brand

Art & Conversation: The Art of the Brand

June 2, 2016

Last year the Museum went through the process of designing its new logo. BMA Creative Director James Williams takes us through the interesting steps involved in creating the Museum’s visual brand.

Slow Art Sunday: Reclining Nude

May 29, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Marlene Wallace leads us in a discussion on Reclining Nude by Fernando Botero.

Visually Impaired Program: Bridges Between Earthly and Spiritual Realms

Visually Impaired Program: Bridges Between Earthly and Spiritual Realms

May 25, 2016

In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Humans have always sought access to the power of the spiritual world beyond, in order to meet their needs and yearnings. Come explore some of the ways people in different cultures have sought to make the connection.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, May 20.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Slow Art Sunday: It’s Like This

May 22, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate leads us in a discussion on It’s Like This by Chakaia Booker.

John Morton Lecture in Photography

John Morton Lecture in Photography

May 19, 2016

Leslie Hewitt’s photographs rest in sturdy wooden frames that lean against the wall and invite viewers to experience a unique space between photography and sculpture. Her work combines still life compositions comprised of political, social, and personal materials, which result in multiple histories seen embedded in sculptural, architectural, and abstract forms. Mundane objects and structures open into complex systems of knowledge. This perceptual slippage is what attracts Hewitt to both the illusions of film (still and moving photography) and the undeniable presence of physical objects (sculpture). Exploring this as an artist and not as a historiographer, Hewitt draws parallels between the formal appearance of things and their significance to collective history and political consciousness in contemporary art. In her lecture, Hewitt will discuss the development of her practice and recent collaborations.

Hewitt studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where she was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the recipient of the 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands. A selection of recent and forthcoming exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Artists Space in New York; Project Row Houses in Houston; and LA><ART in Los Angeles. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the American Academy in Berlin, Germany amongst others.

Since 2008, the BMA's John Morton Lecture in Photography has presented photographers on the forefront of art and culture. Sponsored by Birmingham philanthropist and collector John Morton, the lecture is always free and open to the public.

ArtBreak: Lobby Projects

ArtBreak: Lobby Projects

May 17, 2016

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

This month, we will explore Lobby Projects with Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Slow Art Sunday: Sacrifice to Minerva

May 15, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Marlene Wallace leads us in a discussion on Sacrifice to Minerva by Joseph-Marie Vien.

Birmingham Speaks: The Future of Public Art in Birmingham

Birmingham Speaks: The Future of Public Art in Birmingham

May 12, 2016

Throughout the world, art has played a critical role in making cities vibrant and friendly. Often, these spaces encourage discourse and gathering, and have provided communities with a source of pride and a sense of well-being. But can public art further expand community development in other ways, perhaps even serving as a tool for economic development?

The time is ripe to discuss the future of public art in Birmingham. Join us as we imagine a city filled with art, and think through the challenges that must be overcome to make it a reality.

No Slow Art Sunday

May 8, 2016

Due to the Museum Ball, we will not host Slow Art Sunday this week. Check out next week’s event and join us then!

Oscar's Mother's Day Brunch

Oscar’s Mother’s Day Brunch

May 8, 2016

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends.

Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

Art & Conversation: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Art & Conversation: All the Colors of the Rainbow

May 5, 2016

Curator Don Wood introduces us to this special exhibition of Uzbekistan Ikat robes and accessories from the collection of Peggy Slappey, opening a window into a culture and tradition that is not often seen in the West. A cooperative effort between people of different religions and backgrounds, the production of an Ikat textile is a complex process that takes many skilled hands.

Slow Art Sunday: Samurai Armor

May 1, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate leads us in a discussion on Samurai Armor by Saotome Iyetada.

Slow Art Sunday: Tidings From the Front (The Letter)

April 24, 2016

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired – not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Judy Cook will lead a discussion on Tidings From the Front (The Letter) by Gilbert Gaul.

ArtBreak: IKAT Robes

ArtBreak: IKAT Robes

April 19, 2016

On the third Tuesday of each month, Museum staff lead visitors on a thirty to forty-five minutes exploration of one work of art in the galleries. Through a series of close-looking techniques and questioning, this free experience helps build the visitor’s interpretive skills across the comprehensive-range of art periods and canons represented by the BMA’s collections. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s and they will throw in a free dessert!

This month, we will explore All The Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey with Dr. Donald Wood, Curator of Asian Art.