ReFRAME is this fall’s can’t-miss opening, Sept. 29 5-9PM at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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ReFRAME Art Opening
Get ready to head to ReFRAME Sept. 29. (Birmingham Museum of Art)

The changing of the seasons means new galleries at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA), and you’re invited to a very special season opening to celebrate: The {fall} ReFRAME Party, sponsored by Medical Properties Trust on Thursday, September 29, from 5-9PM. 

From the most unique nail art ever to a DJ spinning global beats, you’ll find surprises woven throughout the evening that will enliven your gallery-going experience. Keep reading for all the details.

The {fall} ReFRAME Party—know before you go

Curator-led talks
Curator-led talks are part of the experience. (Birmingham Museum of Art)

Plan your evening—here’s what’s happening when

Shuttlesworth Rico Gaston
Tira Davis, Bham Now’s TikTok Manager, looking at a mural of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth done by artist Rico Gaston. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

From 5-9, you’ve got three fun ways to spend your time:

Art-inspired nails
Who doesn’t want art-inspired nails? (Nicola Walls)
  • Nail artist Nicola Walls will be doing five-minute nails inspired by works of art.
  • DJ Andrea Really will set the vibe with global beats.
  • You can explore the Museum’s three new exhibitions:
    • Light Play—this exhibition brings together contemporary artists and works exploring the profound influence of the power of light, whether the kind we see or the lightness we sometimes feel. 
    • Hand-Held: The Four Seasons in Chinese Painting—this exhibition features small-scale Chinese landscape paintings that tell an intimate story of the four seasons. 
    • Wall to Wall: Rico Gatson presented by PNC—Rico Gaston is a Brooklyn-based contemporary artist who transformed the walls of the Museum lobby with a colorful, life-size mural of the late Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and an abstract composition inspired by Sun Ra. Guests at the August Art on the Rocks painted alongside the artist in the lobby. The goal: to bring the energy from the Civil Rights Movement into the present day. 
  • There will be food trucks and a cash bar, so no need to make separate plans for dinner.

Between 5:30-8:30PM, performers will light up your evening

Luminarts
LED performers with Luminarts will light up the night. (Luminarts Entertainment)
  • LED performers from Luminarts Entertainment will light up the night—be sure to head to the outdoor Sculpture Garden, which will be open for the event.
  • Enjoy live music in the galleries while you explore the exhibitions.

From 6PM on, pop-up talks by the Director and curators will shed light on what you’re seeing in the galleries

BIrmingham Museum of Art
Checking out the art. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)
  • 6PM: Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, BMA Director, explores the wonder of light in a BMA favorite, Albert Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California.
  • 6:30PM: Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, Curator of Asian Art and exhibition curator for Hand-Held: The Four Seasons in Chinese Painting, will enlighten with her insights into this unique exhibition. 
  • 7PM: Katelyn D. Crawford, Curator of American Art, talks about Larry Bell’s glass sculpture, currently on view in the exhibition Light Play.
  • 7:30PM: Hina Zaidi, Curatorial Assistant, illuminates a work from the Light Play exhibition The Migration of Stars/while you were gone by Afruz Amighi

RSVP today for the {fall} ReFRAME, Thursday, September 29, 5-9PM at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

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