Strike a Pose at the BMA

The Ways of Seeing: Fashion exhibition closes on August 11, so make time to step into our studio for your own Irving Penn-inspired portrait before it’s too late!

Visitors’ View: Holi Festival 2019

Visitors’ View: Holi Festival 2019

The BMA hosted its 9th Annual Holi: A Festival of Color on March 9, 2019. Nearly 2,500 guests came out to enjoy this traditional Indian holiday, which celebrates the arrival of spring. During the event, guests took in classical Indian and Bollywood-style dance performances, engaged in hands-on art experiences, received authentic henna tattoos, and enjoyed […]

Weddings at the BMA

Weddings at the BMA

Weddings and paintings have quite a lot in common. Both are things of beauty, but entail hard work and careful thought in planning. Despite being splendid once achieved, the process of creating a painting and a wedding can be strenuous. A blank canvas would intimidate any painter, just as the wedding to-do list can overwhelm […]

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Contemporary Gallery Closing

It’s time to say au revoir to Bonjour Julie, Flin Flon VI, and all of the other beautiful works in our contemporary gallery as we make room for an exciting new exhibition, AFTERLIFE: Asian Art from the Weldon Collection, which opens in the fall of 2017. The Pizitz contemporary gallery is one of Birmingham’s most […]

Visitors’ View: 2x’s by Rural Studio

Founded and headquartered in nearby Hale County, Alabama, Rural Studio 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 was selected as the only representative from the United States to […]

People throwing colored powders on the garden walk during the Holi Family Festival.

Holi Festival Recap

On March 11th, the BMA hosted its seventh annual Holi celebration. Over 2,000 people came out to enjoy traditional Indian dance performances,  special tastings of vegetable pakoras from Taj India, and exploration of the Museum’s collection of South East Asian art! Henna artists decorated visitors’ hands, and guests of all ages participated in art activities throughout the Museum. At the […]

Third Space Opening Party Recap

On January 27th, the BMA hosted an unforgettable Opening Party to celebrate our new contemporary exhibition, Third Space /shifting conversations about contemporary art. As the largest exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum’s collection, Third Space brings together the work of more than 90 international artists and features over 100 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, […]

2016 Family Festival Recap

The BMA had a great time during our 2016 family festivals! We hold four family festivals every year, and each one is packed with exciting activities for all ages. Over 3,600 people attended our family festivals this year, and we are looking forward to having even more in 2017. In March we celebrated Holi, the Hindu […]

Bread plate from the President Theodore Roosevelt White House dinner service, 1903, designed by John Goodwin (English, 1867-1949) and Herbert A. Cholerton (English, 1883-1955), Wedgwood (est. 1759), Stoke-on-Trent, England, bone china, 6 inches diameter. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; The Buten Wedgwood Collection, gift through the Wedgwood Society of New York 4510.2008

A Presidential Plate

  Originally, President Theodore and First Lady Edith Roosevelt wanted their official White House dinner service – which was needed after the State Dining Room was enlarged around 1900 to seat over 100 guests – to be manufactured in the United States. However, after the Knowles, Taylor and Knowles Pottery Company of East Liverpool, Ohio, […]

Art After 5 Recap

Thanks to everyone who made our first Art After 5 a hit! We hope you enjoyed your evening of music, mixing, and making at the Museum as much as we did. While interactive ghoulish tours brought our galleries to life, the lobby was transformed by a live performance by contemporary jazz duo Michael Glaser and Choko Aken, a spooky […]