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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 also appreciated the portrait on a personal level and purchased it from the artist. In this small exhibition, Waters’ portrait is presented with five photographs from the permanent collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Together these works offer a glimpse of the range of representations of African American musicians and performance spaces created from the 1930s to the 1950s.

To hear the voices of the musicians in the exhibition, visit our smartguide at artsbma.org/guide and type in this three digit number: 198.

The Birmingham Museum of Art is grateful to the Huntsville Museum of Art and its executive director Christopher J. Madkour for making this important loan possible.

Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages
December 08, 2018 - April 22, 2019
Arrington Gallery

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 the faithful and acting as propaganda either for or against the church during the Protestant Reformation.

Jesus is Christianity’s central figure, and Christians believe he is the son of God and the savior who died to atone for humanity’s sins. How did artists represent such a crucial figure? How did they depict the central events so important to the story of salvation according to the Christian faith? And how did these traditions and conventions find artistic expression in different places and how did they change over time?

To depict important events from the life of Jesus and to reflect on his central role in the Christian faith, artists relied on texts, visual traditions, or both. At the same time, artists often conveyed complex theological concepts through their representations of the figure. Types of conventional images, such as the Madonna and Child, developed and evolved over time. Depictions of Jesus’s crucifixion could focus on the symbolic meaning of his death, imagine the historical setting, or aim to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

This winter’s exhibition in the Arrington Gallery traces how artists imagined Jesus through examples drawn primarily from the BMA’s own collection. Included are prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, quilts, flags, and books spanning more than 500 years.

Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages is presented by the Altec / Styslinger Foundation and made possible by the City of Birmingham

Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Through May 31, 2019
8th Avenue Lobby

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 to create new interpretations, challenging traditional Japanese notions about the ceramic medium.

This exhibition presents more than a dozen contemporary ceramic pieces created by Japanese artists, offering new perspectives on centuries-old traditions.

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