Past Exhibitions

Stargazing: Portraits of American Musical Legends

February 14, 2019 - April 26, 2019

Ethel Waters was at the peak of her singing career when artist Luigi Lucioni painted her portrait in 1939. His striking portrait of the star was met with critical acclaim, winning first prize at the 1939 Carnegie International Exposition. Waters

Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

November 20, 2018 - May 19, 2019

Ceramic art is an ancient and enduring form of creative expression in Japan. Contemporary Japanese ceramic artists are mindful of this tradition, and their works abound with historical references—the types of clay used, glazes, and techniques. At the same time, many Japanese ceramic artists bend and stretch conventions

Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages

December 08, 2018 - April 21, 2019

Through the ages and across the globe, art has reflected faith. For centuries, artistic production in Europe, and elsewhere, was dominated by Christian themes. This religious art served many purposes, from embellishing altars and aiding in private devotion, to educating

For Freedoms: Civil Rights and Human Rights

September 08, 2018 - November 18, 2018

Freedom of Speech Freedom from Want Freedom from Fear Freedom of Worship Who could access these freedoms in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, and who can access them now? How much has changed in Alabama and the nation, and how

The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection

June 16, 2018 - December 30, 2018

In commemoration of Alabama’s Bicentennial, the Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 160 outstanding works of folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection. As a

Ways of Seeing: An Exploration of Line

September 08, 2018 - February 10, 2019

We see lines everywhere in daily life: in cracks on the sidewalk, on our notebook paper, and as we stand in lines buying groceries, just to name a few. We may learn in school that a line is created by


July 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Featuring just a single work of art, Waterline is an immersive exhibition experience that reflects artist Marianne Nicolson’s Native American roots. In a darkened gallery, visitors will observe a light that moves slowly up and down within a cubed glass

1930s Photography from the Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art

March 24, 2018 - June 17, 2018

This small exhibition features the work of Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, and Marion Post Wolcott, three photographers who documented the American South during the Great Depression. Images of hardship and hope exist together in photographs representing children in tattered clothes,

Youth Art Month 2018

March 01, 2018 - March 28, 2018

Every March, artwork of local students grace the walls of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s Burrow Education Gallery in celebration of Youth Art Month.

Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham

March 24, 2018 - June 17, 2018

In the wake of the Great Depression, Birmingham experienced a remarkable transformation that helped shape the city as we know it today. Artist Richard Coe, an Alabama-native, documented the city’s rapidly changing urban fabric in his prints and paintings. “Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham” brings together over 60 of Coe’s images of the city and state from this decade for the first time.