Join AEIVA for free community events celebrating Thornton Dial exhibition – News

From a lunch and study session to a screening of APT’s “Monograph” featuring newly discovered Dial footage, “Chamber Music @ AEIVA” and an evening of spoken word, attend free AEIVA events this fall.

TDRFPOCTNOVFrom a lunch and study session to a screening of APT’s “Monograph” featuring newly discovered Dial footage, “Chamber Music @ AEIVA” and an evening of spoken word, attend free AEIVA events this fall.Special events highlighting legendary artist Thornton Dial Sr. will be held this fall at the University of Alabama’s Birmingham campus in conjunction with the largest exhibition of his work in Alabama to date.

I, Too, Am Alabama is presented by UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and runs through December 10. The exhibition is curated by Paul Barrett and organized by AEIVA’s Tina Ruggieri. It includes many of Dial’s works that have never been exhibited or published before, as well as 360-degree videos of his studio and documentary footage of the artist creating one of his signature drawings.

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Free program centered around the I, Too, Am Alabama exhibit features guest artists, community discussions, and more. Visit or call 205-975-6436 for more information or updates. AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South, Birmingham is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday 5 October: ArtPlay Lunch & Learn

Join ArtPlay at noon on Wednesday, October 5th for an in-depth, first-hand discussion focusing on how Thornton Dial’s art has changed following his stroke, both in method and style and how traumatic brain injuries impacted another artist’s work and the challenges it had impacted their creative practice. This event, featuring artists Richard Dial and Jakob Dwight, is inspired by AEIVA’s Thornton Dial I, Too, Am Alabama exhibit. The virtual, one-hour “Lunch & Learn” event is free with registration. Register online.

Thursday October 6th: Movie, pizza and a tour

For this film, pizza and tour, immerse yourself in Dial’s work at AEIVA on Thursday, October 6, then catch a special screening of Alabama Public Television’s series “Monograph,” which features Dial, one of the country’s most prolific artists Alabama, pays tribute. The screening is a special thanks to newly discovered Dial footage found by Alabama Public Television that has never been seen and is now being incorporated into the episode.

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For this “Monograph” episode, host Jackie Clay spends time with Dial’s family and talks to Dial’s friend and fellow artist Lonnie Holley. Together they discuss Dial’s life, his art and his legacy.

Movie, Pizza and a Tour is free and starts at 5:30pm. The event will feature a discussion led by Gareth Jones, Moderator of Sleep in Cinema and Director of the UAB Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Education. The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A with the production team of “Monograph”.

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Thursday, October 20th: “Chamber Music @ AEIVA”

In partnership with the Music Department of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, AEIVA will present a carefully curated selection of music coupled with poetry readings by Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley Jones on Thursday, October 20. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m., with the concert at 6:00 p.m. The performance Chamber Music @ AEIVA is a response to the works and themes of the exhibit I, Too, Am Alabama and is curated by cellist and Adjunct Professor Laura Usiskin of the UAB Department of Music.

Thursday 10th Nov: Spoken Word

UAB students will write and perform poetry in response to the works and themes of the AEIVA exhibit “I, Too, Am Alabama” on Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 p.m. This spoken word event is presented in partnership with the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English and Creative Writing Program.

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