On view: eight art exhibitions in Birmingham to see in early January


Any time is a good time for the arts. But, to celebrate the New Year, here are eight ways to ring in 2022, from photo exhibitions to mixed media sculptures.

“Relevance”: Anne Arrasmith Gallery at Space One Eleven Arts Center

“Relevance” brings together 24 artists who have created works at the Space One Eleven Arts Center. (Space One Eleven Arts Center)

35th anniversary of the Space One Eleven Art Center the celebration draws to a close this week. Friday January 7 is the last day to see “Relevance”, the gallery’s second exhibition. The show brings together 24 artists from different mediums who have created art over the years at Space One Eleven: David Baird, Gary Chapman, Charles Collins, Caroline Cooper, Derek Cracco, Brad Daly, Allen Frame, Carolyn Goldsmith, Cassandra Griffen , Sally Heller, Darius Hill, Armor Keller, John Klosterman, Jim Neel, John Northrop, E. Bruce Phillips, Amy Pleasant, Amber Quinn, Sonja Rieger, Carolyn Sherer, Nic Tisdale, Pam Venz and Marie Weaver.

Details: “Relevance” is on view at Space One Eleven’s Anne Arrasmith Gallery until Friday January 7th.

Anne Arrasmith Gallery at Space One Eleven Arts Center| 2409 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203 | spaceoneeleven.org

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”: Birmingham Public Library, Central Branch
"Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City"

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” at the Birmingham Public Library. (Courtesy, Birmingham Public Library)

“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” is an inspired national traveling exhibition by the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Dr Matthew Desmond, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. The immersive exhibition, which is a collaboration with the National Building Museum, immerses visitors into the world of low-income tenant eviction through a series of graphics, models and video interviews that explore the causes and impact of the eviction. The Alabama Architecture Center (ACFA) also curated a complementary piece to the “Evicted” exhibit focusing on eviction, housing and poverty in Alabama and its four largest metropolitan areas – Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville and Mobile.

Details: “Evicted Poverty and Profit in the American City” can be seen on the first floor of the Central Branch of the Birmingham Public Library until early January 2022.

Birmingham Public Library, central branch | 2100 Park Pl, Birmingham, AL 35203 | Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Following: Watch Dr. Matthew Desmond’s explanation on “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”.

“Birmingham 150: Studio 2500
Birmingham 150 at Studio 2500

“Birmingham 150” at Studio 2500 (Courtesy, Studio 2500)

In honor of Birmingham’s 150th anniversary, the artist and Studio 2500 Gallery owner Willie Williams Jr. organized ‘Birmingham 150’, a photography exhibition “honoring the people, places and things that made Birmingham what it is today,” said Williams AL.com in an interview. The show, which opened in December, features photographs of Elizabeth Limbaugh, Jeff Newman and Xavier Moore.

Details: “Birmingham 150” can be viewed at Studio 2500 until January 9, 2022. Tours are available by appointment. Appointments can be made by phone or email at studiotwentyfivegallery@gmail.com.

Studio 2500| 2500 26th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35234 | (205) 324-4855| Gallery open by appointment | studio25.gallery

Following: Watch Willie Williams Jr. in the Birmingham City Video Series “99 Neighborhoods”

Birmingham View Photo Challenge: Birmingham Art Museum
Birmingham View Photo Challenge at the Birmingham Museum of Art

The winning photographs of the Birmingham View Photo Challenge are presented in a new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art. (Courtesy of the City of Birmingham)

The winning photographs of the city of Birmingham Birmingham View Photo Challenge are featured in an exhibition on the first floor of the Birmingham Museum of Art. To celebrate Birmingham’s 150th anniversary, the challenge asked participants to submit photos in four distinct categories: Birmingham Events, Cityscapes & Landscapes, Birmingham Landmarks, and People. The photos were to be taken in Birmingham between 2019 and 2021 using a mobile phone or professional camera.

Details: “Birmingham View Photo Challenge” is on view at the Birmingham Museum of Art until January 9.

Birmingham Art Museum | 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203 | Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm | www.artsbma.org

“Overall view effect”: Contemporary ground floor
Ali Hammoud

Paintings by visual artist and filmmaker Ali Hammoud are on display as part of the “Overview Effect” exhibition at Ground Floor Contemporary (Courtesy Ali Hammoud, Ground Floor Contemporary)

This month, the contemporary ground floor will open Preview Effect, “ an exhibition of new works by artists Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky, Ali Hammoud and Whitson Ramsey. Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky’s body of work is based on scientific exploration. For his doctoral project, funded by the National Science Foundation, Adkins-Jablonsky studied the different methods that paints using bacteria could be used as a tool for teaching microbiology. Ali Hammoud is a visual artist, filmmaker and producer whose body of work includes paintings and three-dimensional works. His most recent works is a series of abstract shapes that examine the concepts of transformation and renewal. Contemporary artist Whitson Ramsey is a painter and photographer whose work focuses “on sentimental relationships and fleeting memories”.

“Overview Effect” opened on Thursday January 6th. Ground Floor Contemporary will organize a virtual conference for the artists featured in the exhibition on January 13 at 6 p.m.

Details: “Overview Effect” is presented at Ground Floor Contemporary from January 6 to 22. Ground Floor Contemporary is open to the public for select receptions Thursday evenings and weekends during exhibitions and by appointment. Meetings and gallery hours are available on the Contemporary ground floor website.

Contemporary Ground Floor | 111 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S, Birmingham, AL 35233 | ground floor contemporain.com

“Pink pools”: Scott Miller projects
"Pink pools" Scott Miller projects

“Pinks Pools” is a meditation on artist Paul Kremer’s 2014 painting, “Pink Pool”. (Scott Miller projects)

“Pink Pools” is a meditation on the painting “Pink Pool” by artist Paul Kremer. Since the creation of the work in 2014, Kremer wanted to create a show around the singular pink color of the painting. The initial vision for “Pink Pools” emerged when gallery owner Scott Miller asked Kremer to create an exhibition in the Scott Miller Projects gallery space. Kremer, who finds “compelling” objects in swimming pools in both space and time, recounted vision in his artist statement.

“I thought about the origins and subsequent history of the now classic kidney shaped swimming pool,” says Kremer, referring to the 1930s creation by modern Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, ”Kremer said. The double life of these pools through time, all of which date back to an inspired original, seemed to reflect the kind of double life I see in the positive and negative forms of my paintings. “

Details: “Pink Pools” is on view at Scott Miller Projects from January 6 to February 11. Scott Miller Projects is open Monday by appointment and Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scott Miller projects| 2212 Morris Avenue Suite 103 Birmingham, Alabama 35203 | scottmillerprojects.com

“Adventurers welcome”: Local Paperworkers
"Welcome adventurers"

Artist Dezzy Moon’s “Adventurers Welcome” opens at Paperworkers Local on January 13, 2022. (Dezzy Moon / Paperworkers Local)

Engraver and mixed media artist Dezzy Moon intended to travel the country after graduating from college in 2020. Understandably, those plans have been temporarily put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But after a year at home, Moon finally began his journey, crossing 13 states in 18 days.

“Adventurers Welcome”, his personal exhibition at Paper workers room, is a collection of new works inspired by her summer road trip and the surprises she found along the way.

“This show is about hope, excitement and finally to be able to satisfy my desire to travel a little,” said Moon in an artist statement. “I loved doing this job because it allowed me to bring back memories of my trip and keep me excited about a future filled with travel.”

Details: Adventurers Welcome opens with a reception at Paperworkers Local on January 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be on view until February 19. The gallery’s opening hours at Paperworkers Local are Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are compulsory.

Paper workers room| 2717 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233 | paperworkerslocal.com

“Memorial For Souls Can’t Go Home”: Contemporary Vinegar

“Memorials for Souls Can’t Go Home” is a multimedia installation by artist Orlando Thompson. (Orlando Thompson / Vinegar)

“Memorials for Souls Can’t Go Home” is a multimedia installation by artist Orlando Thompson which reflects on “sorrow, systemic racism and the density of the human soul”. Through a multisensory installation, Thompson combines sculpture, darkness and the fragmented sounds of human voices to reproduce roadside memorials. Through “Memorials for Souls Can’t Go Home”, Thompson confronts death and the black body, particularly the souls of black people who have been “forcibly removed” through systems that plague black people, such as the access to resources and overwork. police.

“As these systems are exposed via social media, I see many more makeshift memorials erected in memory of those maliciously killed.” Thompson said in his artist statement. “This project explores what a dense soul might look like and how it might behave.”

Details: “Memorial Souls Can’t Go Home” is on view at Vinegar Contemporary until January 22. Vinegar Contemporary public hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.

Contemporary vinegar| 701 37th St S # 12, Birmingham, AL 35222 | vinegarprojects.org

Are you an artist hosting a show? A gallery or a museum opening an exhibition? Planning an artist conference? Let us know. Email details to sstuart@al.com.


William E. Bennett