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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!

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.

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.