Things are looking exciting and busy for the largest municipal art museum in the Southeastern United States in 2007. The Birmingham Museum of Art has several programs ready as the New Year begins.
Center for Alabama Folk Art set for February
A new temporary exhibit space showcasing folk artists from throughout the state of Alabama will open in 1731 1st Avenue North next month. Construction workers and museum officials are aiming for a February 4 opening date. Click here to view the press release available from the museum’s website. The Center for Alabama Folk Art was originally slated to open in Sloss Docks in January. This location became unavailable shortly after fire destroyed the Shoe Corp. building on Birmingham’s Southside last June. The center will consist of two gallery spaces located in the rear of the Center for Regional Planning and Design, another property owned and managed by Sloss Real Estate. Plans call for the center to operate from February thru December 2007 as part of the Year of Alabama Arts (Java required to view popup window with calendar). Its location near MAX’s Central Station and along one of the busier streets in the city should provide a great deal of traffic.
Junior Patrons hit MySpace
The Birmingham Museum of Art Junior Patrons recently joined the list of local organizations with a presence on MySpace and the Magic City’s MySpace Page. The site currently has images from the holiday party held at WorkPlay. The social/support group has received a significant boost in numbers thanks in large part to a highly visible role in the museum’s Art on the Rocks mixer series. The group has inspired other organizations to create, revisit, or expand the role of young professionals support for cultural institutions, including the creation of the Sixteenth & Sixth series at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (NOTE: The next Sixteenth & Sixth is scheduled for January 11) and the Friends of Red Mountain Park (who’ve also used a MySpace page to their advantage). The development of similar support groups in the coming year will be interesting to keep track of.
And don’t forget about Pompeii
We really shouldn’t; the museum is one of only three U.S. stops for this incredible exhibit. People here in Birmingham should not miss the opportunity to check it out. It has already been presented at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. The reason I mention the other cities is to point out the potential of downtown as the regional cultural destination to those outside the region. It will be interesting when people visiting the city find out about everything else that it has to offer.
So don’t just sit here, figure out when you’re going over there this year, or at least how many times.
Enjoy the day.