February 6, 2017
Founded in 1951 as a department of the city of Birmingham, the Museum of Art was subject to the same Jim Crow laws that variously established “separate but equal” accommodations for blacks, or excluded them entirely. During the 1950s and …
February 26, 2016
This lecture will discuss Haitian Vodou ceremonies that are dedicated to spirits, called loa. Songs, drumming, and sacred objects such as flags, rattles, and drums are used in the salutation of the spirits. This presentation includes field photographs, music and audiovisual documentation to help place this great and noble religious tradition in context.
Benjamin Hebblethwaite has a Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University (2007) and he works as an Associate Professor at the University of Florida. He is the author of Vodou Songs in Haitian Creole and English (Temple University Press) and Yon sezon matchyavèl/Une saison en enfer (L’Harmattan), with Jacques Pierre. He has published articles on Haitian Creole historical linguistics, language policy in Haiti, Haitian Creole literacy, bilingualism among Haitian Americans in Miami, and comparative religion. He is currently working on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded “The Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture” (The Vodou Archive) and a book project on Arabic and Islamic influences in contemporary French, German and Dutch cultures.
February 21, 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 G.E. Mask and Scarification by Willie Cole.
February 10, 2016
Happy birthday to Alabama artist Lonnie Holley, born February 10, 1950! Holley was born in Birmingham during the Jim Crow-era, as the seventh of 27 children. His story, although dubious at times, is eccentric and heart wrenching: he says the …
February 4, 2016
$10 Museum Members // $15 Non-Members
Institutional and Personal Perspectives on Collecting African American Art
Curator Graham Boettcher leads a conversation with Carnetta and Norm Davis, whose outstanding collection comprises the work of historical artists as well as modern masters, from Henry Ossawa Tanner to Radcliffe Bailey. Works from the Davis collection have been exhibited throughout the Southeast, and they recently gave an important 1884 still life by Charles Ethan Porter to the BMA’s collection.
February 1, 2016
Article from al.com; see the full article here. On Monday one of America’s great artists died, Alabama native Thornton Dial. Dial’s work ranged from small sculptures to large and ambitious mixed-media paintings and enormous installations. They also varied in tone …
January 15, 2016
“We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly honors the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement with …
October 6, 2015
Longtime BMA patrons Norm and Carnetta Davis are featured the October issue of B-Metro magazine for their expansive collection of work by African-American artists. Check out the excerpted piece below and read more on B-Metro’s website. Displayed prominently on the …