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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 Sundays: Landscape

January 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 Caroline Wingate leads us in a discussion on Landscape by William Lester Stevens.

Artbreak: Parlor Sofa

January 19, 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 Parlor Sofa (1850-55) by John Henry Belter from the Museum’s collection of American art.

Slow Art Sunday: Tobias and the Angel Curing Tobit of Blindness

January 17, 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 Katia Kiss-Miller will lead a discussion on Tobias and the Angel Curing Tobit of Blindness by Simon Hendricksz van Amersfoort.

Slow Art Sunday: Smaller Ships and the Man-o’-War Bruinvisch in an Approaching Storm

January 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 Emily Omura will lead a discussion on Smaller Ships and the Man-o’-War Bruinvisch in an Approaching Storm by Ludolf Backhuysen.

ART PAPERS LIVE

ART PAPERS LIVE

January 9, 2016

The Museum is partnering once again with Art Papers to present Art Papers Live. During this event, What the Body Can Say, we will host a conversation between Natasha Trethewey and Bethany Collins, moderated by Ivy Wilson.

Bethany Collins is the inaugural artist in lobby projects, a new initiative by the Birmingham Museum of Art, opening in April 2016, that commissions site-specific works by established and emerging contemporary artists. Collins’ work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at venues throughout the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, and the Flint Institute of Arts. Natasha Trethewey is a Pulitzer prize-winning poet who served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States from 2012–2014. She is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, including her acclaimed Bellocq’s Ophelia. She is currently the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. Ivy Wilson is Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Northwestern University. He teaches courses on the comparative literatures of the black diaspora and U.S. literary studies with a particular emphasis on African American culture.
Coffee and donuts will be served during the event.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

January 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, catch a movie, 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.

6:30PM: Enjoy a tour of our new exhibition Haitian Flags from the Cargo Collection with Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas Emily Hanna, Ph.D.

Slow Art Sunday: Vessel, Matakam people

January 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