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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!

Slow Art Sunday: Stained Glass

July 10, 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 leads us in a discussion on stained glass from the De Matteis workshop.

Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

Visually Impaired Program: Ceramics at the BMA

July 9, 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.

BMA has become an important center for the study of ceramics from all parts of the world. This tour will explore examples of ceramics from Asia, Europe, and America, with music and tactile objects enhancing the experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 6.

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.

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

July 7, 2016

Join us this summer 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.

7 PM: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Not Rated, 1958) // 1 hr, 47 minutes.

Adapted from legendary playwright Tennessee Williams’ production, this Old Hollywood favorite is a Southern staple. Featuring the dazzling duo, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, the film follows the tempestuous dynamics of a wealthy Mississippi family with more money than sense.

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

Art & Conversation: Art and Science: Framing Early Photography and its Discourse

July 7, 2016

Photography has sparked controversy since its beginnings in 1839. Debates about the nature of the medium – its aesthetic potential and its documentary capability – shaped and defined 19th-century practitioners and their images. Highlighting works from our own collection, art historian Anna Dietz presents us with a brief history of these issues in early photography.

Slow Art Sunday: Tenant House I

July 3, 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 Tenant House I by William Christenberry.

Slow Art Sunday: L’Aurore (Dawn)

June 26, 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 L’Aurore (Dawn) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Visually Impaired Program: America Then and Now

Visually Impaired Program: America Then and Now

June 22, 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.

Travel in time through America. Explore artworks that inform us about the settlement and westward expansion of our nation, ad the impact of social and political upheaval on everyday life.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, June 17.

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.

ARTBREAK: Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection

June 21, 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!

Join Matthew Stokes, Manager for School and Teacher Programs, as he discusses the relationship between Haitian Vodoun and French Catholicism as colonialism, slavery, revolution and religion meet in a unique artistic expression.

Slow Art Sunday: Vase, Meissen (19th C)

June 19, 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 Julia Stork leads us in a discussion on Vase, Meissen (19th C).

Art on the Rocks: Amasa Hines

Art on the Rocks: Amasa Hines

June 17, 2016

Art on the Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for an exciting 12th season! The Birmingham Museum of Art’s highly anticipated summer series brings all the best of Birmingham’s vibrant cultural scene together in one dynamic place. Featuring artists,

Slow Art Sunday: Mountain Boulder, Chinese (Qing dynasty)

June 12, 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, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett leads us in a discussion on Mountain Boulder, Chinese (Qing dynasty).

Caribbean Festival

Caribbean Festival

June 11, 2016

Caribbean Festival in Linn Park, 11:00 – 6:00 with Museum Family Activities 10:00 – 3:00

The Museum is proud to partner with the 5th Annual Caribbean Festival in Linn Park, a day of celebration featuring Caribbean food, music, costumes, and more. Just across the street from Linn Park, the Museum will offer family-friendly activities, including make-your-own musical instruments, a flag-making art activity, and a chance to meet live animals native to the Caribbean. Look for our tents outside the Museum’s front entrance!

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess

June 10, 2016

The BMA will screen a new film directed by Roy T. Anderson, Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess. The film will be shown on June 10th in the Museum’s Steiner Auditorium at 7PM. This one-hour documentary explores the legendary figure — Nanny of the Maroons — a national heroine in the Jamaican struggle for freedom from the British.

Slow Art Sunday: Raven Transformation Mask

June 5, 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 Raven Transformation Mask by Kevin David Cranmer.

Oscar's Sunday Brunch

Oscar’s Sunday Brunch

June 5, 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.