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Art & Conversation is for people who want to learn more about art in an informal and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of May and July, are held on the first Thursday of each month January through October at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and light refreshments are available one half-hour prior in the Main Lobby. Lectures are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

Five reasons to save the Art & Conversation dates

  • Have fun learning about art surrounded by the Museum’s stellar collection.
  • Talk with curators and experts in an informal setting.
  • Have a behind-the- scenes look at special exhibitions.
  • Meet people who share your interests and get involved with Museum programs.
  • Enjoy a complimentary dessert with the purchase of any entrée at Oscar’s when you stay for lunch.
March 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

If These Walls Could Talk Part III

March 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

Continuing the narrative begun by Nan Skier and R. Hugh Daniel Director Dr. Graham Boettcher in Parts I and II, Museum volunteer Jim Wooten relates fascinating tales and surprising backstories he has unearthed while conducting historical research on the BMA’s collection.

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April 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Views of Birmingham

April 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

In conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham, Dr. Katelyn Crawford transports us to 1930s Birmingham.

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May 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Behind the Scenes of Opulence in Disguise

May 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

Dr. Robert Schindler presents on reinterpretation of our 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish galleries.

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June 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Fashioning Vogue

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

Curator of Education Rachel White shares her doctoral research on Vogue magazine.

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July 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Through the Lens of Travel: Asian Art in the BMA Collection

July 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

Assistant Curator of Education Angela May continues on the topic she introduced last June.

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August 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Dixie Art Colony: A Look at Its Lasting Legacy

August 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

Mark Harris, founder and director of the Dixie Art Colony Foundation, tells the story of one of the Deep South’s first art colonies, the Dixie Art Colony, active in Elmore County from 1933 to 1948. He includes in his presentation…

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September 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Alabama-Made Quilts from the Cargo Collection

September 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

Gail Andrews, former Director of the BMA and co-curator of The Original Makers, discusses the quilts in this exhibition, while giving an overview of this important collection of quilts.

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October 2018
$12 for members // $17 for non-members

Contemporary Glass at the BMA

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm /

Senior Curator Dr. Emily Hanna explores contemporary glass sculpture currently on view at the Museum.

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