Ongoing
Ways of Seeing: Portraits

Ways of Seeing: Portraits

Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

We live in a world surrounded by portraits. Loved ones and friends smile from frames in our homes; pictures of famous musicians and celebrities crop up on our Instagram feeds or shine from glossy magazine covers. We encounter portraits everywhere: in places of worship, on billboards, in books, and in newspapers. Portraiture is an art form that has been around for centuries, and its popularity continues today.

Drawing primarily from the BMA’s permanent collection, Ways of Seeing: Portraits brings together various works from the Museum’s collections that consider the many ways artists have represented people from the 1500s to the present day. From a rare Renaissance-era portrait drawing to contemporary photography, this show examines how artists have pictured themselves and others across time.

Admission Info

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: Noon-5pm
First Fridays: open until 9pm
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
General Admission is FREE

Phone: 205.254.2565

Dates & Times

2019/08/31 - 2020/03/08

  • Oct 22, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 23, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Oct 24, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 25, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 26, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 29, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 30, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Oct 31, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 1, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
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  • Nov 26, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
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  • Dec 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
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  • Dec 31, 2019 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
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  • Jan 31, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
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  • Feb 14, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
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  • Feb 25, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
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  • Mar 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
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  • Mar 7, 2020 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Mar 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
Location Info

Birmingham Museum of Art

2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203