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Highlights from First Thursdays

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.

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

August 4, 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.

6:30 PM: Muscle Shoals (Not Rated, 2013), 1hr 51 min.

Famous for a unique sound quality, a tiny studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama produced some of the greatest rock and roll in history. Featuring music legends Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Bono, Etta James, Gregg Allman, and more, this contemporary documentary is fixin’ to be a cult classic.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

First Thursday: After Hours At The Museum

March 3, 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.

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

5-9PM: Live Music
7PM: The Refined Art of Collection Building: An Evening with the Experts, presented by the BMA and Christie’s. Click here to learn more about this exciting panel discussion.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

February 4, 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.

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

5-7PM: Live music by local musician Jonathan Stephens

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.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

December 3, 2015

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.

Member Shopping Week

Member Shopping Week

December 1, 2015

Join us for Member Shopping Week, December 1-6! BMA Members receive 25% off gift memberships and purchases in the Museum Store all week!

During the week, we will have a special trunk show day on Thursday, December 3. Take a look at our plans:

10AM-7:30PM: Enjoy 25% off from our trunk show artists: Original B’ham, Leigh Ann Hurst Jewelry, Susan Gordon Pottery, Freedom Soap Company, and Copper Pot Kitchen.

11AM: Visions of the Black Belt talk and book signing with author Robin McDonald

11AM-2PM: BMA Members receive 25% off in Oscar’s Café. Reservations are recommended, 205.328.7850.

5-9PM: BMA Members enjoy 25% off tapas and drinks in Oscar’s Café, beer tasting, and holiday festivities during First Thursday

6PM: Birmingham Beer talk and book signing with author Carla Jean Whitley

BMA Members receive a gift with purchase this day (free Museum logo pint glass or logo mug with $50 purchase, while supplies last)

First Thursdays: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursdays: After Hours at the Museum

November 5, 2015

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.

7PM // Annual Chenoweth Lecture // During tonight’s First Thursday, we will host our annual Chenoweth Lecture. At this year’s lecture, we are excited to welcome the Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art Carter Foster. Click here to learn more about the lecture.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

October 1, 2015

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.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

September 3, 2015

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.

6PM: Docent-Led Tour: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College // Join us for a free tour of our summertime exhibition, featuring the large-scale, colorful murals from Talladega College’s Savery Library.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw
7PM: Film Screening // Against the Odds: Explore the lives of visual artists who made the Harlem Renaissance one of the twentieth century’s richest artistic moments. Archival footage, newsreels, and photographs recall the influential force of exhibitions, Harlem’s vibrancy in the Roaring Twenties, and significant personalities such as William E. Harmon, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke. Watch African-American artists triumph over formidable odds to create lasting beauty. Please join us for a Q & A after the film.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

August 6, 2015

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.

6PM: Gallery Talk: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College // Join us for a free tour of our summertime exhibition, featuring the large-scale, colorful murals from Talladega College’s Savery Library.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw: Murals
7PM: Panel Discussion // This panel, including the Honorable Judge Houston Brown, the Honorable Judge Ralph C. Cook, attorney Mason Davis, and civil rights leader Odessa Woolfolk, will discuss the legal case of the Amistad.