The Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present Third Space, the first large exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum’s own collection.Third Space features over 100 works of art in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video, by artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Ebony G. Patterson, Mark Bradford, José Bedia, Thornton Dial, and William Christenberry. The exhibition creates connections between the American South and other parts of the world using contemporary art.
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Curated by Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Wassan Al-Khudhairi, the exhibition borrows Homi Bhaba’s term ‘third space,’ which he defines as a space that “challenges our sense of the historical identity of culture as a homogenizing, unifying force, authenticated by the originary past, kept alive in the national tradition of the People.”
Beyond the geographical boundaries of the American South, the Global South similarly represents marginalized people and places that share a common post-colonial heritage, similar patterns of migration, and other cultural connections. With this in mind, the exhibition examines the Global South from the perspective of the American South by working through a series of ideas that include:
migration/diaspora/exile, gaze/agency/representation, spirit/nature/landscape, and traditions/histories/memory.
In addition to works from the permanent collection, the BMA has commissioned Rural Studio to produce a work of art that can serve as a gathering space within the gallery designed for reflection and contemplation. Rural Studio, founded and headquartered in nearby Hale County, Alabama, is an off-campus, design-build program of Auburn University that provides architectural solutions to underserved populations across the country. In the past year, Rural Studio has participated in several prestigious exhibitions, including the Milan Triennale, and they were selected as the only representative from the United States to present at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Once the exhibition closes, the structure that Rural Studio completes for Third Space will be repurposed for the construction of a house for one of its projects.
A key component of Third Space will be a program series titled Chapters, which invites artists and curators from across the country to Birmingham to discuss their respective practices and ideas surrounding the exhibition. Six Chapters programs will take place over the course of the two-year exhibition and will include artists working in a range of disciplines with varying backgrounds, from those academically trained to those self-taught. The exhibition will be outfitted with various interpretation tools to assist visitors in navigating the gallery. Using their mobile devices, visitors can learn more about works in the exhibition through the BMA’s smartguide, through which they may listen to different perspectives on selected works of art from voices of the Birmingham community.
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For an index of the works of art highlighted in the smartguide, click the link below.
115 Measuring, Measuring
116 Black Diamond
117 Mpangui jimagua (Twin Brothers)
118 As Colors Are Fainting
120 The Sigh of the True Cross
121 Les Nains
122 No Right in the Wrong
123 See You at the UpStairs Lounge
124 Nightmare Katrina 2
125 Be Just Like Family
126 Mystery Of The White In Me
128 Rise of the Delta
129 Among the weeds, plants, and peacock feathers
130 La Historia Se Muerde La Cola (History Bites Its Tail)
131 Do What Makes You Satisfied
132 Zozobras en le Jardin (Rumors in the Garden)
133 Listen (to da beat)
134 Mementos of District Six
135 Keeping a Record Of It
136 SABREEN-Live in Jerusalem 2010
137 If You Wait Another Day
138 Black Belt
139 Rural Studio
WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM
Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Birmingham, Robert R. Meyer Foundation, Luke 6:38 Foundation, Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Alabama Tourism Department, Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Lydia Eustis Rogers Fund
Friends of Third Space
Dr. and Mrs. C. Bruce Alexander
Ms. Lydia Cheney and Mr. James D. Sokol
Jane S. Comer and Charles Lantz
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Elsas
GCP / Graham Commercial Properties
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hillhouse, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Joel B. Piassick
The Straus Family Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Robin A. Wade
Beverly and Stanley Erdreich
Ms. Dorothy Mitchell
Mr. and Mrs. James K. Outland
Mr. Michael Randman
Dr. and Mrs. David A. Skier
Mrs. Barbara Hirschowitz
Mary Lyn and David LaRussa
Dr. Lisa Mani
Dr. and Mrs. Jon J. Blankenship
Dr. Graham C. Boettcher
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Cabaniss, Jr.
Ms. Tammy D. Cohen and Mr. Richard G. Carnaggio
Mr. and Mrs. Russell J. Drake
Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel
Four Corners Gallery
Mr. Doug McCraw
Mrs. Shirley K. Osband
Mr. and Mrs. T. Alan Ritchie, Jr.
Ms. Tina Ruggieri and Mr. Scott Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Balliet
Mrs. Helene S. Elkus
Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred Powell
Ms. Marcia G. Unger
Mrs. Pam Ausley
Walton & Key Foster
Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin B. Fulmer
Drs. David and Rupa Kitchens
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Kunzman, Jr.
Becky M. Patterson
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Powers
Ms. Carolyn L. Sherer and Ms. Sandra J. O’Neal
Denis and Julia Stork
Mrs. Ann Trondson
RURAL STUDIO ALUMNI SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Austin & Co
David Baker Architects
Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio Inc.
Scottie and Bruce Lanier
Long & Long Design
Lois and Jim Turnipseed
Williams Blackstock Architects