Category Archives: Art

Birmingham Museum of Art closed until Saturday morning

Oscar Wells Memorial. Dystopos/FlickrWe received word earlier today that the Birmingham Museum of Art would close at 1 p.m. today and reopen on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

According to the statement received via email:

Closing the facility to the public is necessary because of the need to maintain stable humidity levels inside the building for the safety and preservation of the art.

The museum has also postponed The Collector’s Circle lecture that was to be given by photographer and UAB Professor Sonja Reiger at 6 p.m. this evening due to the “weather-related problems with heating equipment.”

The email stated that it would be rescheduled and that information shared at a later date.

Photo: Oscar Wells Memorial. Dystopos/Flickr

Introducing Birmingham365

Birmingham365 logoThe latest attempt to launch an all-inclusive online events calendar in the City of Birmingham has quietly launched as we start a new year.

There are a few people that already knew about, a partnership between the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, the Birmingham Business Alliance and the city’s convention and visitors bureau, including those in attendance at last month’s BBA annual meeting, but the site was officially unveiled earlier this week.

It serves as a replacement for the Cultural Alliance’s calendar (the old site’s URL redirects to the new one), with that organization serving as the site’s administrator. The site joins 31 others in the Artsopolis Network, a network that grew out of the development of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley’s website in California that is “dedicated to promoting Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in their communities.”

What are your first impressions of the new site?

Bare Hands to go out with a BANG!

Bare Hands Gallery logo Bare Hands Gallery announced Monday morning via its website, emails and its Facebook fan page that it will cease operations effective Thursday, December 30, 2010. The gallery has operated on Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. for the last 14 ½ years.

The gallery’s final exhibition will be SHINE 2010 – Going Out with a BANG!, taking place from Friday, December 3 until the 30th.

It had been enjoying a busy year, including its 14th anniversary celebration in June and continued support from the community.  The gallery’s board however that the non-profit organization was not sustainable given the present economic climate.

The annual Day of the Dead event will continue as its own separate non-profit organization, Day of the Dead Alabama, according to the posted statement. The Birmingham News has already posted a story about this morning’s announcement.

Hendricks sponsors showing of international artists

Painting "The Thinker"

Former Birmingham City Councilor Elias Hendricks loves art;  his personal collection is a sight to behold.  Periodically he brings in artists (the example shown is by a Ghanaian painter) and dealers  to display work in the 2nd floor gallery of the Transportation Building downtown.

This could be a good time to get a really good piece(s) because artists are really anxious to make deals these days.  There’s an opening this afternoon (March 28) at 2201 2nd Avenue North (across from the Wine Loft).

Get more details by calling 205.266.4927.

Image: Provided by Mr. Hendricks.

Wake up with Charles tomorrow morning

If you feel like hitting that snooze bar tomorrow… don’t! You may miss former Terminal contributor (and designer of that orange logo you all like) Charles Buchanan‘s appearance on HGTV’s That’s Clever at 7 a.m. If you miss it then, well, let’s have Charles tell you more about that and other things over on his blog.

We’ve got a list of the artists in and/or from Alabama that have or will be making appearances on the show in the coming weeks over on Timetable. It also gives you an excuse to see what other stories have been hiding out over there from you in recent weeks (with more coming soon).

The Junction’s about to start jumping again

Tuxedo_Junction-1. argusfoto/Flickr

Photo: Tuxedo_Junction 1. argusfoto/Flickr.

Ensley‘s Tuxedo Junction is right on the edge of a revitalization that promises to rejuvenate the city’s Western area. Last month, one of its cultural landmarks moved one step closer to once again becoming a hub for culture. Main Street Birmingham was awarded a grant of $7,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) for the planning of the future Nixon Cultural Center at Tuxedo Junction. The planned home for the center (pictured above) is famous for its upper floor ballroom, immortalized by Erskine Hawkins hit song Tuxedo Junction. When finished it will provide cultural and educational opportunities for local residents, including those slated to move into the Tuxedo Court HOPE VI development and visitors to the Magic City.

Banksy was here

The popular British street artist was recently in the metro Birmingham area after a stop in New Orleans.

An account was posted on On Email yesterday of a couple of folks trying to find/visit the site. Unfortunately according to some of the buzz out there, you won’t have the opportunity to see it live anymore, though Arik Sokol’s photoset is still available.