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Ways of Seeing - The Art of Travel, Trade, and Tra...

Ways of Seeing - The Art of Travel, Trade, and Tra...

Presented by Birmingham Museum of Art at Birmingham Museum of Art

April 17, 2021 – January 02, 2022 – Bohorfoush Gallery
Ways of Seeing: The Art of Travel, Trade, and Transportation is an exhibition that brings together over seventy objects from BMA’s permanent collection to explore subjects of travelling for both pleasure and necessity.

Even in the digital age, access to affordable, reliable, and safe transportation is vital to life. Transportation—beginning with our feet—supports all travel and thus all trade, which includes securing food for survival, access to work, and connections to communities that are necessary to thrive. The Art of Travel, Trade & Transportation, the fifth iteration of the exhibition series Ways of Seeing, explores the experience of the wider world through not only the visual arts, but also the very materials that comprise them.

Both artists who traveled to foreign lands and those who stayed closer to home, generated aspirational and enjoyable imagery for the armchair traveler—often their intended audience. The joys of leisure travel are contrasted by the more poignant aspects of necessities of travel—for economic opportunity, military service, fleeing hardship, or being transported against one’s will. Localized and globalized trade in prized goods such as silver, ivory, tea, tobacco and glass have a lasting and complicated legacy of beauty and tragedy. These works of art will surprise and delight viewers as well as provide room for reflection on the costs and benefits of travel, trade and transportation.

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features over 70 works, many of which have never been seen by the public. Nearly all media is represented ranging from paintings to woodblock prints, lithographs and photographs to quilts and jewelry. Works range in date from the 2nd to the 20th centuries and feature works by artists from: China, Cote d’Ivoire, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mali, Navajo Nation, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the United States of America—including a number of Alabama artists.

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

2021/04/17 - 2022/01/02

  • Oct 15, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 19, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 20, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Oct 21, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 22, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 23, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Oct 26, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Oct 27, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Oct 28, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Oct 29, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Oct 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Oct 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 2, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 3, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
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  • Nov 5, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 6, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 9, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 10, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 11, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 12, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 13, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 17, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 18, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 19, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 20, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 23, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Nov 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Nov 25, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Nov 26, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Nov 27, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Nov 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Nov 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 1, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 2, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 3, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 4, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 7, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 8, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 9, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 10, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 11, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 12, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 14, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 15, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 17, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 18, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 21, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 22, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 23, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 24, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 25, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
  • Dec 28, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Tue)
  • Dec 29, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Wed)
  • Dec 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Thu)
  • Dec 31, 2021 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Fri)
  • Jan 1, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:00 pm (Sat)
  • Jan 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm (Sun)
Location Info

Birmingham Museum of Art

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