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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 Weekend: Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California

April 9, 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 Saturday at 2pm, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California by Albert Bierstadt.

Slow Art Weekend: Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in a Vanitas Still Life

April 9, 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in a Vanitas Still Life by Carstian Luyckx.

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

Visually Impaired Program: Artists with Disabilities

April 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.

Come experience and learn about works by three artists who overcame several types of disabilities to create their visions of beauty.

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

April 7, 2016

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

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

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

6PM: Tour of All the Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey led by Dr. Donald Wood, Curator of Asian Art.

7PM: re:Memory Birmingham science talk and dance performance beginning in Steiner Auditorium and moving to the Main Lobby
About re:Memory Birmingham: Have you ever wondered why the ability to play the piano can survive 60 years when faces can fade so easily? How do we remember? Why do we forget? Join re:Memory, a Birmingham-based collective of musicians, dancers, artists, and neuroscientists, as they portray memories in a performance that externalizes the stories of the mind and processes of the brain. Our project explores the psychological and neurobiological processes of memory storage and recall. Join us in a playground for your mind AND brain.

Art & Conversation: Paintings in Peril: Painting Conservation at the BMA — Past, Present, and Future

April 7, 2016

Curator Robert Schindler looks at the issues surrounding conservation of European paintings at the BMA. He examines past conservation projects, recently completed projects, and the museum’s future needs. Comparisons of photos of before, during, and after show how markedly a proper treatment can improve the appearance of a work. Fascinating discoveries can be made about the history of a painting during the treatment process; and some of these stories are among the most interesting one can encounter as a curator or art historian.

Slow Art Sunday: A Selection from All the Colors of the Rainbow

April 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, Docent Mary Helen Crowe will lead a discussion on a selection from All The Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey.

Slow Art Sunday: Lakshmi

March 27, 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 will lead a discussion on Lakshmi of South India.

Oscar's Easter Sunday Brunch

Oscar’s Easter Sunday Brunch

March 27, 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.

Slow Art Sundays: Cabinet (Bas d’armoire)

March 20, 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on Cabinet (Bas d’armoire).

Members' Opening Party: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Members’ Opening Party: All the Colors of the Rainbow

March 18, 2016

Join us for the exclusive debut of an original exhibition of vibrant Ikat garments created in Uzbekistan in the 19th century. Enjoy an evening of music, light hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar, and be among the first to see this highly anticipated exhibition.

Free to BMA Members, $25 for non-members.

Artbreak: Stained Glass

March 15, 2016

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Curator of Education and/or Education Department 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 Stained Glass from the Kress Townhouse in Manhattan, c. 1920
From the De Matteis workshop (under direction of Ezio Giovanozzi).